Talking Naturally was invited to record a series of short interviews at a joint meeting of the African Bird Club, the British Ornithologists Club and the Natural History Museum in London on April 6th 2013.
On a packed but enjoyable day, which included the African Bird Club’s AGM, six guest speakers talked on a range of subjects that encompassed topics from travelling to largely unvisited parts of Africa, an update on the status of the Liben Lark, a report from Libya on the isolated race of Lesser Crested Tern, an insight into work being done to recreate the lost avifuana of the Mascarenes, and a genetic study that promises to overturn the current phylogeny of Africa’s White-eyes (Zosteropidae).
In his talk ‘Reconstructing the lost world of the dodo; the extinct birds of the Mascarenes‘ Dr Julian Hume, author, artist, and research fellow at the Natural History Museum, described his work to piece together – using bones, skins in collections, and documented accounts – just which bird species have been lost in Mauritius, Reunion, and Rodrigues since their discovery in the 1600s. I began our conversation by asking Julian for an overview of the methods he’s been using to reconstruct the avian history of the Mascarenes.
For a list of the eight interviews recorded at this meeting click here