Grand Traverse Humanists present William Scharf with a program called, “To Catch a Bird: the Art and Science.” William will talk about his background of bird capture in nine U.S. states and one foreign country, and his present project with the Leelanau Conservancy. He’ll cover his early work with birds of prey, island biology, and methods used to capture birds, with a special emphasis on arthropods parasitic on migrant birds in Leelanau County.
William Scharf has a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (medical/veterinary entomology-bird parasites), is an honorary Elected Member of the American Ornithologist’s Society, and taught 30 years at Northwestern Michigan College. Since retirement, he’s held teaching and research positions with the University of Nebraska, Western Maryland College, and Lake Superior State University. He has many publications on birds, small mammals, fleas, lice, ticks, and tapeworms.