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ECWG Dinner: Birds as Indicators for the Health of our Planet with presentation by William “Bill” Bowerman

January 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Explorers Club Members, Associates/Friends, Members’ Guests and Non-Members’ Guest List You are cordially invited to the January 2023 ECWG dinner meeting at the Cosmos Club, w/ after-dinner presentations by William “Bill” Bowerman.

About the Presentation

William W. Bowerman

William “Bill” Bowerman specializes in the study of how stressors affect wildlife populations including environmental contaminants effects, the effects of human activities, foraging ecology, and habitat relationships. Bill has focused much of his work on the bald eagle, but he has studied other species in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa as well. In studying the preservation of various bird species, Bill has developed significant expertise on avian diseases. Bill enjoys teaching college students and younger audiences, including the Boy Scouts, about birds and their habitats.

Through his work with bald eagles over the years, Bill has been part of the species’ dramatic recovery from “endangered” status in North America to a sustainable and relatively healthy population today. Bill will discuss the comeback of the bald eagle and the how birds indicate the health of the planet.

About our Speaker, Bill Bowerman PhD, FN19

Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Toxicology Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Technology University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources William W. “Bill” Bowerman is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Toxicology, and since May 2011, Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was on the Faculty of Clemson University, from 1999-2011, and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Environmental Toxicology in 2012. Bill is a Fellow of AAAS and The Explorers Club.

From 2011-2014, Bill was the US Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Science Advisory Board. Since becoming a Board member in 1996, his service has resulted in extensive experience in cross-boundary and multi-jurisdictional natural resources and pollution abatement management issues.

Bill received a B.A. in biology from Western Michigan University, a M.A. in biology from Northern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife-environmental toxicology from Michigan State University. Since 1984, he has studied bald eagle ecology and the effects of environmental pollutants in the Great Lakes region. Bill is recognized as an expert on sea eagles across the world. From 1994-2008, Bill was a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Survey’s Northern States Bald Eagle Recovery Team. He has started environmental monitoring programs using sea eagles in the United States and Canada (bald eagles), Sweden (white-tailed sea eagle), Russia (Steller’s sea eagle), Uganda and South Africa (African fish-eagle) and his projects have occurred on every continent except Antarctica. Bill was selected in 2021 as one of 13 members of the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering Standing Committee on the Use of Animals in Research from over 400 nominations, and is the only ornithologist.

Bill has published over 100 peer-reviewed works, and has presented over 280 papers at local, national, and international meetings. He has received over 100 grants totaling over $6 million and has served as the major professor, co-advisor, or research chair of 10 Ph.D. graduates, 26 M.S. graduates, and 1 M.F.R. graduate. Additionally, Bill has trained 2 Fulbright Scholars and 1 U.N. Scholar in his laboratory.

Buy Using a Check

Please include the following information:

  • Number of seats Reserved ($55 each)
  • Guest names(s)
  • Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired
  • Organization Affiliation if other than ECWG

Mail with check to :

Austin Ager
2707 Parkway Place
Cheverly, MD 20785-3029
Mobile & text: 301-646-5418

You can pay at the door or mail a check. Without exception, your rsvp and proof of vaccination must be received by Austin no later than 5 pm, Monday, January 9th, 2023. Absolutely no changes or cancellations after 5 pm, Monday, January 9th, 2023

ECWG COVID-19 Policy

ECWG adheres to all COVID-19 regulations set by the Cosmos Club and the District of Columbia. Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required for entrance into the Cosmos Club but are recommended. Space may be limited to comply with Cosmos Club capacity regulations. Priority will be given to ECWG members and their significant others.



January 14
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Austin Ager


The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20008 United States
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(202) 387-7783