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Music of the Cranes
February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
6:30pm doors open, 7pm program.
By Dr. Karine Gil-Weir, Director of Ecosystems Advisors, College Station, Texas
Free for Members and One Guest; $10 Non-Members
Ecologist and concert pianist Dr. Karine Gil-Weir will treat us to original music and a talk based on her dissertation and work with Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska from 2007-2011.
Dr. Gil-Weir, originally from Venezuela, received a BA in Biology (Universidad Simon Bolivar, 1984), a Master in Applied Ecology (Universidad del Zulia, 2000), and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (Texas A&M University, 2006). She completed her dissertation on how Whooping Cranes use Texas and Canada for their wintering and breeding grounds. Gil-Weir held a postdoctoral position in ecological economics at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, between 2006 and 2007, where she did research on valuation of bird species. She was an ecologist at the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust, Wood River, Nebraska from 2007 to 2011. She currently is Director of Ecosystems Advisors, LP and a Biology Lab Instructor at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Dr. Gil-Weir’s expertise is in the ecology of birds. However, her life is always combined with music, teaching piano in her piano studio, performing in recitals and composing music inspired by her experiences in nature. The presentation will include several melodies such as Migration celebrating the life cycle of the Whooping Crane, and the Sandhill Cranes March Tango, inspired by her bird observations. Dr. Gil-Weir translated the book Crane Music by Paul Johnsqard into Spanish which can be downloaded here.
Visit her website at http://www.karinegil.com Dr. Gil-Weir will have copies of her CDs available for sale at the meeting.
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