Friday, September 19, 2008

Flying with the Swans at RTPI

RTPI’s Nature Writer Lecture Series presents:

“Flying With The Swans”

sponsored by the Holmberg Foundation of Jamestown NY

a free public program

by children’s book author and photographer Elinor Osborn

Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 1 PM

As part of RTPI’s Nature Writer Lecture Series, sponsored by the Holmberg Foundation of Jamestown, Osborn will present a free public program entitled “Flying With The Swans.” She will conduct a discussion and slide presentation on her book, Project Ultraswan, the trumpeter swan migration project. Her program will encourage participation from children in the audience as well as questions after the presentation. Children, families, teachers, and students are all encouraged to attend.

Elinor Osborn became interested in the Trumpeter Swan Migration project after attending a local bird club meeting featuring the biologist/pilot of the project. He was training trumpeter swans to follow ultralight aircraft in order to teach them to migrate, a behavior required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before allowing the reintroduction of trumpeters to their former home in the Eastern United States. Market hunters wiped out the last of the trumpeters living in the eastern part of North America nearly 200 years ago. The work being done on this project sounded so exciting to Osborn that she rolled out of bed at 4:30 in the morning a few days later to see the swans-in-training herself. The trumpeter swan training area was located west of Batavia, NY.

Osborn’s book, Project Ultraswan, tells the story of this amazing project and contains both her writing and photography. Osborn is a professional photographer and published writer with credits in magazines such as Vermont Life, Click, Northern Woodlands and others, as well as in many books. Osborn’s work includes a variety of outdoor subjects such as natural history, scenics, and outdoor sports. She especially enjoys photographing cross-country skiing and sled dogs. She is a member of several conservation organizations, including the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, American Birding Association, Xerces Society, The Nature Conservancy, and others. Elinor Osborn lives in Craftsbury, Vermont with her husband.

Don’t miss this unique free public program at RTPI on Saturday, September 20th at 1 PM. Books will be available for sale and signing. Please visit the author’s website at For more information about this or other events please contact the Institute at (716) 665-2473, (800) 758-6841, or visit The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.

Linda M Pierce
Roger Tory Peterson Institute
of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown NY 14701
716-665-2473 x226

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