Scholars Gild – The Marvels of Bird Migrations

 Arden Scholars Gild Discussion

Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 PM

Lower Gild Hall

The Marvels of Bird Migrations:  Your birds, Our Birds – Where do they go?

Exploring the vast, long distance migrations of our North American birds reveals an insight into their incredible will to survive and continue the procreation of their specie.  Why do some birds migrate hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands of miles twice each year?  Why do some birds never migrate?  Where have our summer birds gone?  Are you aware that Delaware is one of the most important areas in the world for a number of migrating bird species?  From Blue Jays, woodpeckers, snow geese, shorebirds, hummingbirds and so many others, we will chat about the why, who, where and when’s of bird migrations through Delaware and beyond.

On September 16, join Mr. Bill Stewart and the Scholars Gild in the newly renovated lower Gild Hall at 7:30 PM for a fascinating presentation and discussion about our feathered friends.


Bill Stewart is the Director of Conservation and Community along with Young Birder Program Coordinator for the American Birding Association.  A passionate birder for over 37 years, Bill is currently serving as the Vice President of the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS).   For the past eight years, Bill served as the Conservation Chair for DOS and is the Founder and Coordinator of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, the Wilmington Peregrine Falcon Webcam Project and the Lights Out! Wilmington initiative.  He also served on the Delaware Birding Trail committee from inception to completion and is Co-Director of the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders.  Currently serving on the Board for the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, Bill was awarded the 2010 Conservation Champion Award from the USFWS and the 2010 Citizens Award from the US Dept. of Interior for his bird conservation efforts.  In his free time, Bill likes to spend time with his five children, two grandsons and do a little surfing.


July Scholars Gild – 2014/15 Planning Session

Arden Scholars Gild 2014/15 Planning Session

Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 PM

Lower Gild Hall

The Scholars Gild had a great 2013/14 year. At out July’s meeting, we discuss topics for the coming year. As strong as this past year has been, next year can be even better with your involvement.

We will take off the month of August, but you can volunteer to help with the Arden Fair (August 30th).  We still have a few volunteer slots to fill. Simply reply to this email with your name.

June discussion – “Religion and Government”

Arden Scholars Gild

Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM

Lower Gild Hall

Separation of church and state” is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The phrase has since been repeatedly used by the Supreme Court of the United States.

However, the Court has not always interpreted the constitutional principle as absolute, and the proper extent of separation between government and religion in the U.S. remains an ongoing subject of impassioned debate.

When Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (2010) interjected the question, “‘Where in the Constitution is “Separation of Church and State’?” in the debate with her opponent Chris Coons, the law school audience laughed and guffawed in derision. But, the term “separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the Constitution.

Many argue the First Amendment does not forbid contact—and even voluntary cooperation—between church and state. Rather, it protects private religious liberty by neither compel nor prohibit religious exercise.

On May 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case Town of Greece v. Galloway, 12-696, regarding whether prayers at town meetings, which are allowed, must allow various faiths to lead prayer, or whether the prayers can be predominately Christian. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Town of Greece by holding that the U.S. Constitution not only allows for prayer at government meetings, but also for sectarian prayers like predominately Christian prayers.

Other ruling this year are likely to further define the relationship between religion and our government.

Join the Arden Scholars Gild for a non-legal based discussion of the relationship between religion and government. We meet on June 17 at 7:30 PM in the air conditioned portion of the lower Gild Hall. References can be found at the Scholars Gild blog on the Arden Club website. Forward additional references to to be added to the post.

(Source: Wikipedia reference)