What we're about
This community is for people who enjoy discussing ideas about animals and value zoological knowledge for its own sake. If you are interested in engaging in high-quality animal-related conversations, then this group may be right for you. This group welcomes people who are interested in general zoology and people who prefer a certain subfield and/or animal taxon.
Some of the animal taxa that would be discussed would include the following: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, crustaceans, spiders and other arachnids, millipedes and related species, and mollusks. Thus, both vertebrate zoology (including mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology, etc.) and invertebrate zoology (including entomology, carcinology, arachnology, myriapodology, malacology, etc.) may be covered in discussions.
Some of the animal-related fields that would be discussed are the following: ethology (the study of animal behavior), systematics, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, ecology, paleontology, and more. Even though the group values knowledge for its own sake, topics relating to applied fields may also be discussed.
You do not have to think of a topic beforehand, and there are no assigned readings. The organizer will have some topics ready if no one else has any topics. The organizer may ask you to share your thoughts, but you may choose to say that you just want to listen to the discussion.
Discussions are free flowing. The types of topics and the number of topics discussed depend on who attends. For example, one may propose a topic such as "What are some patterns relating to maternal care across invertebrates and vertebrates?" or something more speculative like "How would insects look like if they took over crustaceans' ecological niches?" Then any member can share information and/or analyze the topic further.
As the group seeks to incorporate as much accurate information as possible, the members' statements and points of view should be backed up with evidence that can be traced back to peer-reviewed articles. No consensus needs to be reached by attendees.
People from Westchester and nearby counties are welcome to attend. The organizer is open to negotiating the few rules (some not described here) at each meetup. Once regular members are set, the rules will be officially established and the location may change to accommodate regular members. All events are free. This group will meet every 2 weeks for about 1 hour.
Facebook Page (+ Photo Attribution): https://www.facebook.com/AnimalDiscussionGroupofWestchesterCounty/