A one-time screening of the film “Audubon” will show March 17 at 7 p.m., at Cinemapolis, 120 E Green St, Ithaca. The film tells the story of John James Audubon’s adventurous life as he traveled the frontier wilderness to paint all the bird species of America. Audubon is considered by many to be the godfather of today’s conservation movement. A special Q&A with John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and one of the experts featured in the film, will follow.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will showcase three young researchers and ornithologists, March 21 at 7:30 p.m., at the lab, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca. Connor Taff, a postdoctoral associate at the lab, will talk about the elaborate songs and plumage of male Common Yellowthroats and how these traits evolved over time. Ph.D. candidate Sahas Barve is an avid birder and exceptional ornithologist from India. He’ll discuss his work on the coping mechanisms birds use to survive high in the Himalayas. Then, Cornell undergraduate Taylor Heaton Crisologo will spotlight the strategies used by Herring Gulls to defend their nests and protect their chicks. Free. Information: call 800-843-2473, or email firstname.lastname@example.org