Alexander Wilson celebratory events

Alexander Wilson celebratory events

2013 marks the anniversary of the death of Alexander Wilson, the greatest American ornithologist prior to Audubon. To celebrate his bicentenary, a number of events are being co-ordinated in a cooperative venture involving Glasgow University, Paisley Museum, SOC, the RSPB and the Glasgow Science Festival. Some of these are funded by the British Ecological Society (as part of the Society’s Festival of Ecology, which celebrates the BES centenary in 2013), the SOC’s The Birds of Scotland Fund and Glasgow University.

Click on the links below for more information on each of these events and for booking information. Alternatively, view the full 2013 Glasgow Science Festival events programme online by clicking on the image below. All events are FREE, however booking may be required.



Baron’s Haugh 30th Anniversary Celebration
Come along and celebrate 30 years of Baron’s Haugh as a RSPB reserve. Help support the RSPB’s great work in making Baron’s Haugh a great place for wildlife and people by taking part in a sponsored walk in the morning (10 am). There will be plenty of exciting wildlife-inspired activities for everyone on offer from 2pm. Visit: 


Zoo-Fest at the University of Glasgow
The Zoology Museum is specially open for Science Sunday! This year’s ‘Zoofest’ is all about birds, inspired by celebrating the 200th anniversary of the death of Paisley born ornithological hero Alexander Wilson. Birdy treats on offer include family friendly demos on bird ecology and evolution, a ‘build-your-own-nest’ activity, bird-of-prey show and bird stalls. Visit:


Alexander Wilson: A Walk with Scotland’s Forgotten Birdman‌
Join the founder of the science of ornithology and renaissance man Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) on the 200th anniversary of his death to explore beautiful RSPB Lochwinnoch. We’ll hear stories of his life in the area and his influence today. Can’t wait until then? Help Bioblitz Lochwinnoch on Sat 1st June. Visit:


Alexander Wilson- Paisley’s Poet, America’s Ornithologist
One of Paisley’s most famous sons, this exhibition will display aspects of Wilson’s life in Paisley as well as exhibiting his work in the American Ornithology volumes and highlighting his outstanding contribution to the science of ornithology.


Life Among Feathers

Join Professor of Zoology, Edward Burt for a talk and 3D look at creatures that live among and eat feathers on living birds. Explore how birds defend their feathers with coloured pigments. Beware: you may never see colourful birds quite the same again! Supported by Glasgow Science Festival and the Scottish Ornithologist’s Club – The Birds of Scotland Fund.


Alexander Wilson: Local Hero
Join us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of Alexander Wilson, poet, artist and naturalist, with talks by Wilson biographer Jed Burtt plus Gerry Carruthers (Scottish literature), Pat Monaghan (ornithology) and Erma Hermans (art history). Followed by a reception and opening of a new Wilson exhibition in the Hunterian Museum of Zoology. Sponsored by British Ecological Society, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and University of Glasgow. In partnership with Glasgow Science Festival. Visit: