November 18, 2010

Waring to present 16th Emeritus Faculty Lecture

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill -- A retired zoologist from Southern Illinois University Carbondale will give a presentation on the birds of China during the 2010 Emeritus Faculty Lecture.

George Waring, retired professor of zoology, will give his presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the auditorium at the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building. The 16th annual lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture, titled “Pursuing the Birds of China,” will include information about habitats and examples of the numerous beautiful and unusual bird species living in China, said John Pohlmann, retired SIUC professor and chair of the SIUC Emeritus Faculty Organization.

Waring has spent a total of almost two months in China conducting birding trips. His travels have taken all around the mainland of that country, including the provinces of Shaanxi, Sichaun, Yunnan, Guanxi, Fujian and Jiangxi.

Waring will examine the diversity of birds, or avifauna, in the country, providing numerous examples of the animals for the audience. He will discuss many types of birds including cranes, sunbirds, minivets, parrotbills, forktails and several other species he encountered on his trips, Pohlmann said.

A long-time zoological scholar, Waring has traveled to 70 other countries to observe vertebrate animals in addition to birds.

Waring, who retired from the University in 2006, earned his doctorate in zoology at Colorado State University in 1966, joining SIUC that same year. In retirement, he has continued traveling and pursing research.

Sponsors for the lecture include the SIUC Emeritus and Annuitants Association and the SIUC Emeritus Faculty Organization.