BCR 123: David La Puma, Director of CMBO


David LaPuma Ph.D in Cape May, NJ. With Permission & Courtesy of ©Doug Wechsler All Rights Reserved.

Dr. David La Puma is the Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), and avid birder, ornithologist and conservationist. When not leading the bird observatory, or out birding on his own, David can most often be found with his wife and two little girls at one of the Cape May beaches catching waves and pointing out Black Skimmers and all other species to anyone who will pay attention to him. David received his PhD from Rutgers University where he studied the effects of fire on the Federally Endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in the Florida Everglades, and conducted two postdoctoral research projects on Radar Ornithology, one with New Jersey Audubon and the other at the University of Delaware. Prior to his current position, David worked in the field of high-end optical devices, as the Product Specialist for Leica Sport Optics.

Show Notes:

  • David, tell us about yourself, what is your background and education?
  • How did you land at Cape May Bird Observatory?
  • CMBO is part of New Jersey Audubon; tell us about this relationship.
  • You are a birder/birdwatcher. What birds interest you the most?
  • What is the most interesting bird you have seen so far? And what bird still eludes you.
  • The World Series of Birding fondly know as WSB is celebrating an anniversary.
  • How did the WSB begin by telling us the history.
  • Who participates in the WSB? Why do you think it has stood the test of time all these years?
  • What are some of the most significant changes you see from when the event WSB began in 1984 and today?
  • How can people get involved in the WSB this year, or in the future?
  • Tell us about some of the research you’ve been doing through the Cape May Bird Observatory.

Mentioned In Episode:

Cape May Bird Observatory

World Series of Birding

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