September 13, 2018 — The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club are jointly presenting a special program at ANSP that will feature the first three sets of Bird Studies at Old Cape May together for the first time since 1937. The DVOC published 1,400 sets of the 2-volume BSOCM, and they were each marked with a serial number (1–1,400) on the last page of volume 2. Stone gave number 1 to his wife Lillie, and numbers 2 and 3 to Conrad Roland and Earl Poole, whose artwork featured prominently in the book. Thanks to the Berks History Center (Reading, PA), ANSP (to which Earl Poole’s sons Joe and Charles recently donated a large collection of their father’s artwork, and his BSOCM set), and Bill Uhrich, Reading Eagle reporter and proud new owner of set 3, this reunion of BSOCM sets will be taking place, and the event will feature other Stone/Poole/Roland gems from the renowned ANSP archives. Bill Uhrich was the impetus behind the event, and will be the featured speaker.
November 19, 2015 — Philadelphia Botanical Club talk (Academy of Natural Sciences). A hardy group turned out on a miserable, rainy night to talk about Stone’s outstanding work as a botanist. I wish I’d had a video camera rolling during Ted Gordon’s comments about Stone’s enduring botanical legacy.
November 9, 2015 — Audubon Wildlife Society talk (Collingswood, N.J.). Had a great time chatting about Stone with the wonderfully nice people of the AWS. I even had several slides featuring Stone’s (and others’) humor, which I probably wouldn’t try with any other group.
October 10, 2015 – This wasn’t a scheduled event, but at the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club‘s annual banquet, celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Club graciously presented me with the Witmer Stone Award for Witmer Stone: The Fascination of Nature. Pat and Clay Sutton were the keynote speakers, and their excellent talk included numerous references to Stone and Bird Studies at Old Cape May. I may be biased, but I’d say the star of the show at the DVOC 125th was, fittingly, Witmer Stone!
September 3, 2015 – Delaware Valley Ornithological Club summer meeting at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Presented a short overview of Stone’s life and accomplishments, with references to locales from Stone’s life story still extant today.
March 8, 2015 – Lines on the Pines — Met a lot of nice people, including artists and authors. A great event that should be an annual “to do” for folks interested in the NJ Pine Barrens.
February 4, 2015 – Medford Leas Birders — What better place to give the first “post-publication” talk? A welcoming, appreciative (and typically “Medford Leas-ean”) crowd on hand, and some folks visited Catoxen Cabin before and after the talk.