2024 Spring Lecture Series Kicks Off with the Remarkable Journey of Migratory Songbirds Along the Great Lakes

On Thursday, March 14th at 7 p.m. the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) kicks off its annual Spring Lecture Series presented by Impact Employment Solutions. In the first session, “The World of Songbird Migration,” featuring Kimberly Kaufman, Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), attendees will discover the remarkable journeys of migratory birds across the Great Lakes region and understand the environmental significance of their gatherings here during spring and fall.

“The annual Spring Lecture Series is a staple at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. We take pride in bringing a variety of topics and speakers to Toledo,” said Carrie Sowden,  Archaeological and Research Director with the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Kaufman joined the BSBO in 2005 as Education Director, developing school programs and the successful Ohio Young Birders Club. She also co-founded The Biggest Week in American Birding, the largest U.S. birding festival. Under her leadership, BSBO established birding tourism in northwest Ohio, generating over $40 million annually for the local economy.

As with the entire series, this lecture will be offered as a hybrid event. Participants can choose when registering to take part in-person at the museum or online via Zoom. 

“This season, we have topics on how to interact with your environment today, the history of the study of the Great Lakes environment, and a story of racial injustice on the Great Lakes, and how it went all the way to the Supreme Court. Our spring lectures are the perfect way to reflect on the impact of the past, present, and future of our coveted natural resources,” added Sowden

The second lecture in the series, “50 Years of History and Science on the Great Lakes,” will be on April 10. The final presentation, highlighting the remarkable courage of Detroit native Sarah Elizabeth Ray and her fight against racial injustice aboard the segregated Boblo boat, SS Columbia, is scheduled for May 2.

Event registration is free, but required for all lectures. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration. For more information or to register to join the events, visit Eventbrite.

WHAT: 2024 Spring Lecture Series presented by Impact Employment Solutions  featuring

  • The World of Songbird Migration
  • 50 Years of History and Science on the Great Lakes
  • All Aboard: How Sarah E. Ray Integrated the Boblo Boats

WHEN:

  • The World of Songbird Migration 
    • March 14, 2024, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
  • 50 Years of History and Science on the Great Lakes
    • April 10, 2024, 7 pm – 8:30 pm 
  • All Aboard: How Sarah E. Ray Integrated the Boblo Boat 
    • May 2, 2024, 7 pm – 8:30 pm  

WHERE:

National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605

Or, Online via Zoom. Registration required at: nmgl.eventbrite.com or nmgl.org/events