Audubon Afternoon on September 24: The Story of Kirtland’s Warbler with Nathan Cooper

Photo: Nathan Cooper

Sunday, September 24, 2023
2:30 – 4:30 PM

National Wildlife Federation Building 
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190


Mark your calendar now for the next Audubon Afternoon on September 24. After catching up with your ASNV friends, you will enjoy a presentation by the Smithsonian’s Nathan Cooper. He will discuss his research on North America’s rarest songbird, the Kirtland’s Warbler. Over the past few decades, Kirtland’s Warblers have undergone a remarkable recovery, from just 167 males in the world in 1987 to more than 2,200 males today. In addition to having a compelling conservation story, its small population size and restricted breeding and winter ranges provide an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating and interconnected annual cycles of songbirds. Cooper will take the attendees on a journey through the annual cycle of the Kirtland’s Warbler and share what we have learned from this rare species. FREE! No registration required, but you may wish to register to get an email reminder of the event.

Join your friends on Sunday afternoon for this quarterly live Audubon Afternoon at the National Wildlife Federation Building, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive in Reston.

There will be an informal gathering starting at 2:30 so you have an opportunity to reconnect with everyone. Please feel free to bring any food and drink you would like to share with everyone during the informal portion of the program. At 3:00 PM, we’ll have a presentation by the Smithsonian’s Nathan Cooper.

Nathan Cooper is a behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist. He studies how migratory birds interact with each other and their environments throughout the annual cycle. He is primarily focused on the ecology and conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler, and is currently involved in several science- and conservation-based projects with this recently delisted species. Cooper earned a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Biology from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University. He first joined the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as a Ph.D. student in 2008, and was awarded both Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships there, before being promoted to Research Ecologist in 2020.

Registration is not required, please bring friends, family, neighbors, etc!