Emu Photo Credit Kymara Lonergan Thunderhorse Hollow Farm
Image by Kymara Lonergan Thunderhorse Hollow Farm


Emu Talk

  • Thursday, July 14, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 28, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Curious about emu? Tune into Emu Talk—a virtual series presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County. The next three parts of this multi-part webinar series will feature guests from the New York Institute of Technology, Yale, the American Emu Association (AEA), and the author of the Emu Farmer’s Handbook.

This workshop series is free to attend, but you must register in advance.

Emu Talk – Thursday, July 28th, noon to 1:00 pm

Todd Green (New York Institute of Technology) and Alex Ruebenstahl (Yale) discuss their research and outreach efforts.

Flightless birds such as emus and ostriches are commonly found on ranches in the United States, though few consider the anatomies, behaviors, and ecologies that have shaped the life histories of these animals in their native habitats. This knowledge in invaluable to keeping these unique animals healthy and safe in captivity. Come put a little bird in your brain as researcher Dr. Todd Green gives an overview of his life and studies with these living dinosaurs.

Also join Alex Ruebenstahl as he gives an overview of his research which aims to clarify the relationship between variations in the anatomy shared by birds and dinosaurs for breathing and respiratory efficiency. Could this efficiency be the key to birds’ success? In the last few decades, paleontologists have established a robust connection between birds and dinosaurs. Living birds possess a remarkable respiratory system, far more intricate than humans. The origins of this system however can be found in fearsome meat-eating dinosaurs, as evidenced by specific features of the skeleton. More so, it seems that not only did dinosaurs breathe like birds, but they faced many of the same risks that come from the respiratory system of living birds!

Todd Green is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he studies the anatomy of extinct dinosaurs as well as their living relatives―birds. Traveling from the farmlands of Colorado to the rainforests of Australia, Dr. Green centers his research on flightless birds known as ratites, a group that includes ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, and kiwis. His hands-on experiences with these fascinating animals have also led Green to regularly participate in science outreach and multimedia educational programs such as The Scientist Is In for the American Museum of Natural History, oVert Teaching Workshop for Florida Museum of Natural History, and Hope for the Wild for the Blank Park Zoo. Doctor Green is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Emu Association and writer for Emu Today & Tomorrow.

Alexander Alteri Ruebenstahl is a doctoral candidate at Yale University, working in the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Alex was born and raised along the Western coast of Connecticut and has B.S degrees, in Geology and Biology and an M.S all from George Washington University. Alex’s fieldwork spans excavations from Arizona to Lesotho to China. At Yale, Alex studies the evolution of crocodiles, dinosaurs, and birds. Alex’s research focuses on the evolution of anatomy that is not easily or often preserved, like evidence of respiratory anatomy. He will discuss how respiratory efficiency may be the key to birds’ success.

Emu Talk – Thursday, July 28, noon to 1:00 pm

The American Emu Association discusses emu products

The American Emu Association (AEA) will share information about the AEA, emu products, and markets including meat and oil, and what resources are available to producers. This webinar will also feature an emu 12-point wellness checklist for producers to use. The AEA is a non-profit organization focused on the agriculture of the emu industry. The AEA promotes awareness about the uses of emu products, participates in research, and keeps people informed on all things emu.

Emu Talk – Thursday, August 18, noon to 1:00 pm

The Emu Farmer’s Handbook

Maria Minnaar, author of the Emu Farmer’s Handbook will share her experiences with emu and information from her handbook.






Stephanie Herbstritt
Livestock & Natural Resources Educator


This event is online

Last updated July 15, 2022