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Zoom Program: “A Pictorial Tour of South African Fauna: Critically Endangered and Hanging on by Claw and Talon” with Don Bryant

Date(s) - Tue Apr 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


martial eagle in flight
Juvenile Martial Eagle. Photo by Don Bryant.

There are 23 species of vultures, sixteen of which occur in the Old World. Twelve species occur in Africa, and eight of these are at eminent risk of extinction! Collectively, vultures are worth billions of dollars for their clean-up activities and for the protection they provide to humans against deadly diseases. This presentation will be a pictorial survey of vultures, eagles, and animals of southern Africa. Don will show photos of all the African Vultures and discuss the threats they are enduring. He will also show photos of critically endangered eagles, as well as selected other birds of prey, and will finish with some photos of charismatic megafauna — many of which are also threatened. Humans account for nearly all of these problems, and absent significant behavioral changes by humans, many of these highly valuable but threatened species will go extinct in our lifetime.

Dr. Don Bryant is the Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Eberly College of Science in the Institutes of Energy and the Environment at Penn State Univ.

three people posing outdoors with a sign for the Rosalie Edge Society

In September, 2019, Dr. Bryant was inducted into the Rosalie Edge Society of Hawk Mountain. Dr. Goodrich (L) is the Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain. Sergio Seipke (El Dorado, Argentina) (R) is the owner and operator of Raptours, which offers guided hawk-watching tours world-wide. He is currently writing a comprehensive field guide to the raptors of South America.

DON BRYANT grew up on a dairy farm in north central KY, attended MIT studying chemistry and biology, and received his Ph. D. in Molecular Biology in 1977 from University of California-Los Angeles. After postdoctoral work at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and at Cornell University, he joined the faculty of Penn State as a microbiologist in 1981, where he remains until present. He is currently the Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Together with his students, postdocs, and collaborators, he has published more than 420 research papers on the ecophysiology, genetics, genomics, and biochemistry of photosynthetic bacteria. Always interested in nature and the outdoors, he spent 15 years counting migrating raptors during the fall at Stone Mountain Hawkwatch. This rekindled an interest in photographing birds, mostly birds of prey, when digital cameras became available. He has traveled extensively to pursue this hobby and has photographed raptors worldwide. He is an avid supporter of raptor-related conservation efforts both locally and world-wide.

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