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Bird researcher praises natural history, explains controversy

American Museum of Natural History/Rob Moyle

Researcher Chris Filardi loves birds and he’s spent decades studying them in the Solomon Islands. Filardi is director of Pacific Programs at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

When Filardi killed and collected a bird called the Moustached Kingfisher during a trip last fall, he ignited a controversy over when it’s acceptable for scientists to do that. Filardi is speaking tonight, Tuesday, April 5, as part of the Aspen U Speaker series. He recently sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher to talk about the importance of natural history and what the Moustached Kingfisher looks like. To listen to their conversation, click the "play" button below.