BCR 183: Roger Pasquier, Author of Birds In Winter


On today’s show is our guest Roger F. Pasquier, Author of five books that includes his latest book “Birds In Winter, Surviving the Most Challenging Season”. Illustrations by Margaret La Farge; Published by Princeton University Press in August 2019.

Roger F. Pasquier, is currently Associate, Vertebrate Zoology, Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History. Prior to this he had experience at Wave Hill Center for Environmental Studies in the Bronx, then as a curatorial assistant in the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History, on to the U.S. National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.  He then worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation, the World Wildlife Fund-U.S., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Audubon Society. He was also the treasurer of the Xerces Society (devoted to butterfly and other invertebrate conservation), a trustee and then chairman of RARE, a founder of the Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest, and a trustee of the Rainforest Trust. 

Mr. Pasquier has written several books on birds and art. The birds of the Republic of Panama, Part 4, Alexander Wetmore, Roger F. Pasquier, Storrs L. Olson, Smithsonian Institution, 1984. Watching Birds – An Introduction to Ornithology, Houghton Mifflin, 1977, with a foreword by Roger Tory Peterson. This was also reviewed in the Journal of Wildlife Management by the late Chandler S. Robbins and in many other publications including the New York Times. Masterpieces of Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration, Abbevill Press, New York, 1991 with a foreword by Roger Tory Peterson. PAINTING CENTRAL PARK, Roger F. Pasquier, The Vendome Press (Oct 6, 2015), with a foreword by Amanda M. Burden. Amanda Burden is the former director of the New York City Department of City Planning and chair of the City Planning Commission. 100 masterpieces from 150 years of Central Park by the likes of Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Childe Hassam, and Marc Chagall.

Show Notes:

  • You are a self-described lifelong birdwatcher, and spend time in Central Park through the years watching birds. At some point your career focus shifted from art to conservation, can you tell us about this transformation?
  • The many black and white illustrations by Margaret La Farge in Birds in Winter, help amplify the rich content. How did the collaboration with Ms. La Farge come about and what was your goal for the art
  • Approximately 10 thousand species birds in the world, how many of them actually experience winter?
  • Winter brings bird’s cold weather, shorter days and the continual challenge to find food and shelter. What are some of the coping skills employed by various birds to meet the challenges?
  • What are some adaptations specific to winter survival?
  • What are the wintering patterns in other hemispheres?
  • Territorial behaviors and foraging patterns employed by wintering shorebirds, swifts and songbirds. 
  • What behaviors signal the coming spring to wintering birds?
  • How do birds know when winter is over and its time to move?

Mentioned In Episode:

Purchase Book at Princeton University Press. Click link here ➨ Birds In Winter, Surviving the Most Challenging Season

Roger F. Pasquier presentations:

  • Connecticut Audubon Society – Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
  • NYC Audubon – Monday, December 16, 7-8pm Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. (between 73rd Street and 74th Street). Google Map here.


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