A Cornell University educator will speak Thursday evening, Jan. 28, in Salt Lake City, giving insight into using birds and a growing corps of citizen-scientists to help understand and predict the health of the natural world.

John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Tracy Aviary Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture will be given at Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building auditorium.Free to the public, the lecture is sponsored by the Katherine W. Dumke and Ezekel R. Dumke Jr. Foundation and the Utah Office of Museum Services in cooperation with the U. biology department.

"Humans have a long history of recording changes in nature by documenting changes in bird populations and patterns," Fitzpatrick says. "The opportunity to formalize this relationship into a long-term monitoring effort has never been more necessary, or more feasible, than it is today."