All indoor programs will be held on the second Thursday of the month. There are no indoor programs in June, July, or August. The social half-hour begins at 7:00 PM; the program at 7:30 PM.

 

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May 2017

Annual Banquet – LESVOS: European Spring Migration Magic – Gina Beebe Nichol

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Amarante's Restaurant,
62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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The Greek Island of Lesvos is renowned for its ancient history, incomparable natural beauty and tradition of hospitality. Celebrated as the Princess of the Northwest Aegean Sea, this stunning island has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration. In late April and early May, a continual stream of migrating birds pass over the island as they move from their wintering grounds in Africa to their breeding grounds in Europe. Keen birders return year after year to experience the migration magic of Lesvos and search out the island’s special birds, including Krüper’s Nuthatch, Cinereous Bunting, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Rüppell’s Warbler, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Isabelline Wheatear, Masked and Red-backed Shrike and more. This program will reveal the avian delights of Lesvos with vivid photographs of its birds against the backdrop of charming fishing villages, sea coasts, salt pans, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the slopes of Mount Olympus. Founder of Sunrise Birding, Gina Nichol’s varied interests and love of the natural world have taken her to all seven continents. She’s led bird watching tours from Alaska to Antarctica to China to Kenya and countless countries in between. This tour of Lesvos from our seats in Connecticut is bound to be an exciting adventure for us all!

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May 20162016

Annual Banquet – Chris S. Elphick: “Canaries” in the Saltmarsh: The Conservation of Saltmarsh Sparrows and Other Tidal Marsh Birds

May 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Amarante's Restaurant,
62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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Don’t miss this festive event—always great company, great food, and a great program. Reservations required; watch the spring newsletter, Club emails, and the Club website for details and reservation forms. Early reservations are greatly appreciated!

√ Please remember to bring cash to the banquet to pay for your drinks at the cash bar and to buy tickets for the always-fun raffle of interesting, exciting, and worthwhile prizes!

Banquet speaker and program

Chris, a professor in UConn’s Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is well known for his research on aquatic species that occur in wetland or agricultural habitats. Tonight he discusses tidal marsh birds, with a special focus on the Saltmarsh Sparrow. With increased coastal development and rising sea levels, tidal marsh birds face many threats. Among the saltmarsh specialists that nest in Connecticut, Saltmarsh Sparrow is most vulnerable. We’ll learn about the status of tidal marsh birds not just in Connecticut but throughout the Northeast, and we’ll hear about the specific threats faced by Saltmarsh Sparrows. Chris will also talk about ongoing research on how to conserve these birds and on the effects of Hurricane Sandy and habitat restoration.

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May 20152015

Annual Banquet

May 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Svalbard: An Arctic Naturalist’s Paradise

Presented by Wayne Petersen

The stunning Svalbard archipelago, one of the dramatic lands of the midnight sun, belongs to Norway but is located far north of the country. Its endless summer hours of daylight, towering sea cliffs teeming with breeding seabirds, immense slopes of rocky talus, and gleaming tidewater glaciers are a constant reminder that it lies a mere 600 miles from the Arctic Circle. Characterized by a super abundance of seabirds and two iconic arctic mammals, Walrus and Polar Bear, Svalbard is a naturalist’s paradise. As with polar oceans elsewhere on the planet, the marine environment is rich in productivity and capable of sustaining a great abundance of life. Svalbard thus hosts a wide variety of specialized creatures capable of exploiting this superabundant marine life. Seabirds reign supreme, with species such as Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Thick-billed Murre being notably abundant. You’ll be dazzled by Wayne Petersen’s superb photos of Svalbard’s avian and other wildlife species, but his presentation will also take us beyond the archipelago’s unique natural beauty as we know it today.

Untouched arctic wilderness that it is, Svalbard remains one of the best places on earth to observe the Polar Bear, an animal potentially facing early extinction unless the current trend in global warming is reversed. As a magnificent natural laboratory for observing and learning about the effects of climate change on bears, Svalbard offers evidence that its avian inhabitants too, including the mysterious Ivory Gull and tiny Dovekie, are increasingly at risk. As warming temperatures escalate the melting of polar ice and raise ocean temperatures, there could be devastating impacts on marine plankton and fish populations. The resulting collapse in marine prey populations could ultimately have disastrous effects even for the currently abundant bird species such as the Thick-billed Murre and Atlantic Puffin. Indeed, a break in ocean food chains could have tragic consequences for the long-term survival of both arctic seabirds and land animals.

Wayne Petersen is Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Prior to that he was Field Ornithologist at the Society. For decades he has led international birding trips for MassAudubon and other ecotour groups, and he has lectured and conducted birding workshops across North America. With his extensive knowledge of the habitats, distribution, and status of the bird life of Massachusetts, he co-authored

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May 20142014

May Monthly Meeting – Annual Banquet

May 8, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

Annual Banquet – Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 6:00 pm – Amarante’s Restaurant, New Haven

Don’t miss this great event-always great company, great food, and a great program. Reservations required; watch the spring newsletter, Club emails, and the Club website for details and reservation forms. Early reservations are greatly appreciated! Please remember to bring cash to the banquet to pay for your drinks at the cash bar and to buy tickets for the always-fun raffle of interesting, exciting, and worthwhile prizes!

Speaker: Richard Crossley, author of The Crossley ID Guide series Topic: “Past, Present, and Future”

Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, award winning author and photographer, and great story teller. “Crazy,” “wildly passionate,” “driven,” and “single-minded” are just a few of the words that have been used to describe his love of birding and the outdoors. Tonight you’ll be sumptuously regaled with tales of lessons Richard learned while growing up in the wild British birding scene-instructive and amusing tales from his travels around the world up to his life today as a resident of Cape May, NJ. It will be a fast-paced story, too, told in a Yorkshire brogue through a camera lens that definitely loves color and art. With humor and depth Richard will highlight the thoughts behind his revolutionary The Crossley ID Guide series. But is changing how we look at books and birds enough? ‘Heck, no!” says Richard. After you hear some of the stories of his past and present, you just might change or at least reconsider your outlook on the future of birding, lifestyles, and nature. Richard started birding at the age of 7; by his late teens he was hitchhiking all over Europe in his bird quest, and by 21 he had visited and fallen in love with Cape May, NJ. A few years later he moved there for good, getting a Green Card as an “Alien of Exceptional Ability” for his work on bird identification. He certainly has been following through. Though at first juggling the business world and raising a family, he wanted to leave at least a small thumb-print in birding and became involved in The Shorebird Guide. That led to a new passion for photography which he used to help inspire people to see wildlife through new eyes. His goal of popularizing birding and the outdoors took a giant leap with his committing to the bird world full-time

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