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Cafe Scientifique

January 25, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Annapolis Cafe Scientifique: A place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. At 49 West, CoffeeHouse, Winebar and Gallery

Dear Annapolis Cafe Scientifique Patrons,

Happy New Year! Please join us on Thursday, January 25 at 6:15pm at 49 West for the following presentation.
Please reserve your seats by calling 410-626-9796. If you have reserved seats and do not plan on coming, please release them by calling that same number.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:15pm
Title: Catching the Wrong Fish: Research, Management, and Future Directions
Presenter: Brendan Talwar, NOAA Seagrant Knauss Fellow, Marine Mammal Commission

Abstract: Millions of pounds of marine creatures are caught on accident in recreational and commercial fisheries every year, and are collectively referred to as ‘bycatch’. But what happens to these animals after being released alive, how big of a problem is bycatch-related mortality, and what can be done to reduce it? I’ll be sharing stories from the field about how we conduct research on bycatch species as well as some insights into one of the most pressing conservation stories of our time – the dramatic decline of in the population of vaquita, a small porpoise endemic to the northern Gulf of California.

About the Speaker: Brendan Talwar grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, but was fortunate to spend his holidays in Pensacola, Florida, where kayaking, fishing, and exploring the bays and the Gulf sparked an early interest in marine science. As an undergraduate student at Furman University, he studied abroad in Bermuda, Belize and the Turks and Caicos. Before completing a master’s degree in biology at Florida State University, he taught marine science in the Florida Keys as well as The Island School in The Bahamas. He also participated in research projects in Shark Bay, Australia, and at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas. During graduate school, Brendan’s research focused on predicting and estimating the percentage of deep-sea sharks and giant isopods that survive after being caught by accident and then thrown back alive, while his post-graduate work has been focused on marine mammal policy while at the Marine Mammal Commission, an independent federal agency of the U.S. government.

And for February:

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @6:15 pm

Feeding Wild Birds Over Time: Free Food* & Science!

Presenters: Margaret A. Barker and Paul J. Baicich

Abstract Backyard birds have earned every morsel of food they grab from our feeders. Observations over decades of what bird is eating what food, plus rare and unusual feeder bird sightings, have greatly added to the knowledge of ornithology. Join Maryland writers Paul Baicich and Margaret Barker and learn about wild bird feeding’s history and scientific studies. *(bird food!)

About the Speakers: Baicich and Barker are co-authors with Carroll Henderson of Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce and Conservation (Texas A&M University Press. 2015).

Paul J. Baicich is a birding and conservation writer and editor and avitourism consultant. He also leads bird-oriented educational workshops. He is the author of A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, co-author of the new book, The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl (Crossley Books. 2017) and co-editor of the monthly Birding Community E-Bulletin.

Margaret A. Barker is a writer and educator in the Chesapeake Bay area. She formerly coordinated the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch. She is co-author of The FeederWatcher’s Guide to Bird Feeding and the Audubon Birdhouse Book. Her early career was spent as a news reporter in Nashville, Birmingham and Atlanta.

Hope to see you on Jan. 25!

Tracy Gill and Andy Loftus

Please join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis (CSGA) on January 12 to view and discuss the film
Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste. An announcement is our website and on Facebook.


January 25 the CSGA will welcome Maryland Healthcare for All in cooperation with Representative John Sarbanes to discuss the Medicaid program. The CSGA understands climate change is one of the top public health challenges of our time. At this event, we will award Rep. Sarbanes a certificate of appreciation for his commitment to action on climate change. An announcement is on our website and on Facebook.

Medicaid Event Anne Arundel.pdf


January 25, 2018
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm