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Ornithologist to speak at Audubon Society meeting

Donald Bruning, Ph.D., chairman and curator, Department of Ornithology, Wildlife Conservation Society, will present a program on his research on the Birds of Paradise in Papua, New Guinea.

The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m., Monday night, May 24, at this month’s meeting of the Weminuche Audubon Society at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard.

Bruning developed an intensive wildlife and conservation education program in Papua, New Guinea and helped establish a conservation foundation there, as well as a large protected area, Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Bruning is a Colorado native who started his career at the New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo) and became chairman there in 1986. He taught at Fordham University, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. He has served in many capacities with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association over the years. He served as advisor to Time Life Books on many of their nature and wildlife series and authored a book with photographer Art Wolf on Bald Eagles. Don and his wife Barbara now live in Durango.

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