Despite their small size the Maltese islands have a rich history that spans 7000 years. Situated strategically in the centre of the Mediterranean in the wide path of bird migration, birds have fascinated people down the ages, and not surprisingly, resulted also in a rich and varied ornithological history. The lecture covers the early years of the history of ornithology in the Islands, from a comment by a 16th century French monk in 1757, an account by the renowned Gozitan scholar de Soldanis of the collection of foul smelling seabirds by a French Night, up to the era of Antonio Schembri in the mid19th century, hailed as the father of Maltese ornithology. The lecture is based on the first two chapters of a recent publication “History of Ornithology in Malta” by Joe Sultana and John J. Borg published by BirdLife Malta.
|Event Date||01-04-2016 6:30 pm|
|Event End Date||01-04-2016 8:00 pm|
|Cut off date||31-03-2016|
|Location||Santa Cecilia Chapel|