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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December 2017

Indoor Program – Dr. Shary Siksay – Funky Feathered Feet

December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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While most bird talks focus on the obvious – gorgeous plumage, the intricacy of mating calls and dances, and other fascinating aspects of birds’ lives, Dr. Shary Siksay’s lecture will focus on the “funky feathered feet”, going through the morphology, form, and function of avian feet. All types of avian feet will be discussed in terms of their evolution, how they help the species to adapt and survive, and why certain species are susceptible to the specific injuries she sees most often. Time permitting, she will also go through some interesting local and recent cases, including a great horned owl with his head “on upside down” and a poisoned bald eagle. Dr. Siksay earned her VMD from University of Pennsylvania and works full time as a small animal and exotics veterinarian. Her work includes treating wildlife brought to her by wildlife rehabilitators.

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118th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count

December 16 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Join other NHBC members in this fun event, steeped in tradition. Take part for a few hours or all day. Join birders in the field or report what you see in your backyard (if you reside within the count circle). The results of the count are sent to the National Audubon Society for inclusion in an international census of early winter bird populations. The compilation dinner is at 5 PM at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.

Compiler and Organizer – Chris Loscalzo

closcalzo@optonline.net

203-389-6508

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January 20182018

First Wednesday Walk: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport – Tina Green

January 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sherwood Island State Park,
390 Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880 United States
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Join a midweek trip to this outstanding Long Island Sound birding spot. We check for loons, grebes, goldeneye, and other sea ducks. The fields are a good place to look for Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and sparrows. Meet at Sherwood Island State Park: take Exit 18 off I-95 in Westport and head south on the Sherwood Island Connector. Drive into the park and meet at the main parking lot.

tina@renaissancestudios.com

203-247-2660

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Indoor Program – Chris Elphick PhD – Special Event: Connecticut Bird Atlas Kick-off

January 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Due to a full Indoor Program Lecture Schedule, there will be a special session to present the upcoming Connect Bird Atlas Project. The New Haven Bird Club and the state birding community will be called on to conduct surveys for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project starting in 2018. The project will focus on all birds that breed, winter, or migrate in Connecticut. The scope of the atlas is to understand breeding bird distribution and abundance, to document the changes since the last atlas, to understand wintering distribution of the birds in the state, to identify stopover habitat during migrations, to establish predictive relationships where species occur on the landscape, and to use the results and data to create an interactive website. Such a large effort will yield an abundance of data that could be used by many agencies. The reasons for the project are to contribute meaningful data for the State Action Wildlife Plan, to contribute to conservation planning, and to establish Environment Health Metrics. The last atlas was published in 1994 after years of surveys from 1982 to 1986. This effort was supported by many NHBC members. We hope the members can come out again to support the new effort. Depending on Professor Elphick’s mood, he considers himself a conservation biologist, an applied ecologist, or an ornithologist, with research interests that span behavioral, population, community, and landscape ecology. Most of his research has focused on aquatic species that occur in wetland or agricultural habitats, but he has also worked in tropical forest, the boreal zone, and the open ocean. Despite this breadth, the overriding goal that unites much of his work is to understand how best ecologists can guide management decisions to reconcile the conservation of biological diversity with other human activities. His current research interests involve studies of birds in tidal marshes, studies of birds in agricultural settings, and studies of past and projected avian extinctions. Professor Elphick has spearheaded several statewide atlas projects.

snow date 1/11/17

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Milford Hotspots – Frank Mantlik

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Milford Commuter Lot exit 35,
111 Schoolhouse rd, Milford, CT 06460 United States
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We’ll look for waterfowl, birds of prey, and winter passerines as we visit Milford hotspots that will likely include Milford Point, Mondo Ponds, and Caswell Cove. Dress warmly and plan to carpool. The trip ends by noon. Inclement weather will probably cancel the trip. Check with the leader if you have weather concerns. Meet at the commuter lot, Exit 35 off I-95.

mantlik@sbcglobal.net

203-984-9410

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February 2018

The Second Annual Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County

February 3, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Held on Super Bowl Weekend!!!

Come join in on a fun and friendly event! Compete with other birders and win prizes and get your team’s name inscribed on the prestigious Mega Bowl Trophy!

When: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 6 am to 5 pm. (Dinner from 5:30 pm to 7 pm)

Where: New Haven County from Milford to Madison (and north to Waterbury and Meriden), CT

Why: to have fun birding and socialize with other birders

How it works:

Birders join together in groups of 3 or 4 people and go birding wherever they like within New Haven County on the day of the event. They record the birds they observe and earn points for each species recorded. Each species has a point value from 1 to 5 with 1 point for the most common species and 5 points for the rarest species. The point values are determined by how common or rare the species is in New Haven County in early February. If a team is the first team of the day to find a rare (5-point) bird, they will be awarded an additional 3 points for calling it in right away so that other teams will have the opportunity to observe it.

The teams will meet at the end of the event and have dinner and share stories. The meeting will be at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby. A delicious dinner will be served. The results will be tabulated and a winning team will be determined. The winning team will get its name inscribed on the Mega Bowl Trophy! Prizes will be awarded to every participant. Special prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest point total, the highest species total, and other accomplishments to be determined. Some prizes will be obtained through the generous support of The Fat Robin in Hamden and The Audubon Shop in Madison.

Teams will have to strategize where to go to get the most points. Some teams might start along the coast and then go inland, while others might do the opposite. Birders could choose to go to local birding spots that they know well, or to other areas to see specific species that are typically found there. They can visit any public site (such as a state or town park), but they must obey standard birding etiquette rules and obey all property signs and rules

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First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset State Park, Madison – Greig Hanisek

February 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Hammonassett Beach Trailhead parking lot,
Shoreline Greenway Trail Eastern Trailhead Parking Lot, Madison, CT 06443 United States
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Enjoy a mid-week field trip to Hammonasset Beach State Park, one of the state’s best birding locations in any season of the year. We will look for sea ducks, grassland species, and rarities.

Meet at Hammonasset Beach State Park parking area on Boston Post Road, Madison, just left (east) of main entrance road.

ctgregh@yahoo.com

 

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Indoor Program – Nick Tiberio – History of Falconry

February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Nick Tiberio is the Director of Aviculture at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (LRWC). Nick has over 15 years of professional experience working with avian species, and manages the LRWC flock. In addition to breeding and raising endangered waterfowl species, Nick is a Master Falconer and has worked with a number of birds of prey. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Nick worked as a professional abatement falconer in New York, training and flying a team of abatement falcons to deter pest birds from landfill grounds—an environmentally-friendly approach to pest control. Nick will be speaking on the ancient art of falconry from its early beginnings, to its modern day practice throughout the World. His talk will include live falconry raptors, along with tools and equipment used in the sport.

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Sachuest Point NWR and Rhode Island Coast – Chris Loscalzo

February 24, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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This all-day trip includes stops at Sachuest Point NWR, Beavertail State Park, Moonstone Beach, Trustum Pond, and other great birding sites on the RI coast. We will see lots of sea ducks including all three scoter species, Common Eider, and Harlequin Duck. We’ll look for birds of prey, including Rough-legged Hawk and several owl species. We’ll also be on the lookout for alcids and rare gulls. Dress warmly—it’s likely to be cold and windy on the coast. The walk is a bit strenuous. Bring lunch and a scope, if you have one. Meet at the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.

Snow date – Sunday February 25

closcalzo@optonline.net

203-389-6508

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March 2018

First Wednesday Walk: Stratford Shore & Great Meadows – Frank Mantlik

March 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Dunkin Donuts - Frash Pond, Stratford,
60 access road, Stratford, CT 06615 United States
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Join us on a visit to this excellent birding area. We’ll look for oceanic birds such as Long-tailed Duck and scoters, as well as raptors and shorebirds. Meet at the Dunkin Donuts parking lot at 60 Access Road, Stratford, near the intersection with Main St. (Rt. 113); we carpool from there.

mantlik@sbcglobal.net

203-984-9410

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Indoor Program – Peter Picone – Songbirds and plants are inextricably linked

March 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Mr. Peter Picone, DEEP Wildlife Biologist, will share with us his talk centered around insights on creating and enhancing seasonal wildlife habitat. He will describe his experiences in enhancing habitat both on state land and private land. Listeners will come away with several ideas about how to enhance the landscape on both a small and large scale. Integrated into this talk will be Mr. Picone’s videos demonstrating the seasonal food and cover value of Connecticut’s native plants to our diverse bird life.

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Edgewood Park, New Haven – Bill Batsford

March 17, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Edgewood Park,
361 West Rock Ave, New Haven, CT United States
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Join Bill Batsford for a late winter walk at this urban park with varied habitat including woodlands, fields, streams, and ponds. Wood Duck, Hooded Mer

Merganser, Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Brown Creeper are all possible. An Eastern Screech-Owl used a Wood Duck box in 2017. Meet at the parking lot next to tennis courts; entrance off West Rock Avenue, New Haven.

william.batsford@yale.edu

home – 203-787-1642

cell – 203-494-4325

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April 2018

First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford – Kathy Van Der Aue

April 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Milford Point,
Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford, CT 06460 United States
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Enjoy an early spring trip to one of the best local birding spots. We look out into the marsh and along the shore for waterfowl, shorebirds, waders, and raptors. Meet at the Coastal Center parking lot.

kathyvda@gmail.com

home – 203-259-2426

cell – 203-331-7517

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The Richard English Memorial Field trip: Lighthouse Point to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary – Mike Horn

April 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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We first bird the harbor shore for gulls, loons, ducks, and early returning shorebirds. We then proceed to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary at the Deer Lake Scout Camp in Killingworth. We then proceed to Hammonasset Beach State Park. This is an all-day trip; bring lunch and dress warmly. This trip almost always has a high species count.

mfhorn@att.net

203-288-1891

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Indoor Program – John Triana – The New Haven Bird Club at 110

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Members of the New Haven Bird Club are part of an extraordinary group of people dedicated to birds and their conservation. The New Haven Bird Club started in 1907 with a few dozen members, including school teachers, prominent citizens, and high school students. Over the last 110 years, there have been ups and downs. Our history includes some of the biggest names in ornithology, many authors, a pioneer in nature photography, the “Father of the Everglades,” and the beginnings of bird banding in the United States. Ten years have passed since the New Haven Bird Club’s centennial. John Triana, Club Historian and past President will come in to refresh everyone on the Club’s past 110 years.

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East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance – Dan Barvir

April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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Meet for a bird walk from 8 – 9:30 AM. Then join Park Ranger Dan Barvir to help with light trail maintenance along the river until noon. Bring work gloves & pruning shears if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

 

dbarvir@newhavenct.net

203-946-6086

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Spring Migration Festival & Earth Day –

April 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Trowbridge Environmental Center,
Trowbridge Environmental Center, New Haven, CT 06511 United States
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Information on birds, important bird plants for sale, music, food, fun for all ages. Bird walks at 9, 10, and 11 AM. Co-sponsored by Connecticut Audubon and the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. Meet at East Rock Park, Trowbridge Environmental Center, corner of Orange Street and Mitchell Drive, New Haven.

 

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Beaver Ponds Park, New Haven – Craig Repasz

April 28, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
munson street new haven,
371 Munson Street, New Haven, CT United States
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Beaver Ponds Park is one of the many Urban Oasis sites in New Haven. Friends of Beaver Park and the other Urban Oasis partners have maintained an area of rich plantings to offer the birds a food oasis. The park itself is excellent habitat, offering fresh water wetlands, forests, and fields. We can hope for Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, and a variety of sparrows and warblers. In the shadow of West Rock Ridge, Raven and Peregrine are also possible. NOTE: In addition to the spring migration bird walk, the NHBC Conservation Committee will join the prime movers of the restoration and on-going development of Beaver Ponds Park for planting of new hardy plants on the site. Information on the harmful effects of invasive species as well as the benefits of their bird-supporting alternatives will be discussed. Co-leaders for the planting are Nan Bartow (nanbartow@sbcglobal.net) and Bill Bidwell, joined by summer interns from the Urban Resources Initiative and other Friends of Beaver Ponds Park.

Meet at the public parking lot on Munson Street across from Hillhouse High School, New Haven.

crepasz@hotmail.com

home – 203-230-1697

cell – 203-745-6683

nanbartow@sbcglobal.net

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Bird Walk for Families at East Rock Park, Hamden -Flo McBride

April 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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On this walk by East Rock Park’s Mill River, children with accompanying adults are invited to help us look for warblers and other spring migrants. Other interested adults are also welcome to join the walk in this famous spring birding place. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

fmcb_warbler@yahoo.com

203-288-6777

 

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Lake Chamberlain, Lake Dawson, and Lake Watrous – Bill Batsford, Pat Leahy

April 30, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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Join us for a walk on Regional Water Authority properties in Woodbridge and Bethany, some of which are off limits to the public. Pat Leahy has been maintaining a bluebird trail on several of the properties surrounding the reservoirs. Please be prompt! It will be difficult to join the group on route. We will carpool and proceed to trails on Lake Dawson, Lake Watrous, and an old farm field on Sperry Road before returning to Lake Chamberlain. Lake Dawson has one of the few small colonies of Cliff Swallows in CT. Bluebirds, swallows and spring migrants are plentiful. Meet at Lake Chamberlain Regional Water Authority parking area on Sperry Road south of Morris Road, Bethany.

ptjleahy@yahoo.com

home – 203-393-2427

cell – 203-314-0566

william.batsford@yale.edu

home – 203-787-1642

cell – 203-494-4325

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May 2018

First Wednesday Walk: East Rock Park, Hamden – John Oshlick

May 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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East Rock Park in early May is one of the best places in the state to see migrant warblers. Fifteen to twenty species are possible on a good day. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

john.oshlic@yahoo.com

203-584-1955

co leaders –

Renee Baade

rbaade@juno.com

203-526-7667

Bill Batsford

203-494-4325

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East Rock Park with Ranger Dan

May 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
East Rock Park - English Drive,
English Drive, New Haven, CT 06511 United States
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Join Ranger Dan Barvir at this premier site for warblers and other spring migrants. Meet at the Rice Field (baseball field) end of East Rock Park on English Drive.

dbarvir@newhavenct.net

203-946-6086

 

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If You Plant Them They Will Come – East Rock Park – Deborah Johnson

May 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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Eli Whitney Museum staff share information on the master landscaping plan for the museum’s space along the Mill River adjoining East Rock Park, while the NHBC Conservation Committee provides—and seeks helpers for—planting bird-friendly plants at newly invasive-eradicated areas of East Rock Park and the Eli Whitney Museum property. A bird walk follows, along the loop beginning & ending at the covered bridge. Co-leader Alexis Brown, Principal Gardener and Artisan in Residence at the Eli Whitney Museum. Meet under the awning at the front of the Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

deborahleighjohnson@hotmail.com

203-430-5554 (talk/text)

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Bent of the River Important Bird Area, Southbury – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

May 6, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Bent of the River,
185 E. Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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Explore a prime birding location along the Pomperaug River in Southbury where more than 100 species of birds have been observed in a single day. This beautiful and highly diverse habitat is owned and maintained by Audubon Connecticut. The walk is open to birders of all levels and families are welcome. We will not only see and hear birds, but will also talk about how they are identified and their habits. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration for newcomers.

Meet at Bent of the River Wildlife Sanctuary, 185 East Flat Hill Road, Southbury, CT. Take Exit 14 off of Rte. 84. Go north on Rte. 172, then turn left onto East Flat Hill Road (church on corner). Continue to sanctuary entrance on left.

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Hartman Park, Lyme – John Oshlick

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 am
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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Hartman Park is known for its breeding population of Cerulean Warbler. There is also a power cut which may have Prairie, Blue-winged, Magnolia and other warblers. Both Cuckoos have been seen here as well.

Meet at the commuter parking lot, I-95 exit 55.

john.oshlic@yahoo.com

203-584-1955

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Annual Banquet – Dr. Richard Prum

May 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Amarante's Restaurant,
62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin’s theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum—reviving Darwin’s own views—thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In thirty years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin’s long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time. The Evolution of Beauty presents a unique scientific vision for how nature’s splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves. Richard O. Prum is William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University, and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He has conducted field work throughout the world, and has studied fossil theropod dinosaurs in China. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010.

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Big Day Marathon – John Oshlick

May 12, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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Take part in all or part of this event. We’ll focus on New Haven area hotspots, seeking 100-130 species. We start at East Rock and search several other local migrant traps, as well as the coast from Lordship to Hammonasset. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

john.oshlic@yahoo.com

203-584-1955

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Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – Chris Loscalzo

May 13, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Rt 8 exit 25 commuter parking lot,
245 Cross Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770 United States
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Join us at the peak of spring migration on this moderately strenuous and long hike in a fine birding location. We’ll search for migrants and residents. We often see more than fifteen species of warblers on this trip, including resident Hooded, Chestnut-sided, Prairie, and Worm-eating Warblers. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and many other birds are residents here, too.

Meet at the commuter lot at Exit 25 off Route 8, Naugatuck.

closcalzo@optonline.net

203-389-6508

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Sleeping Giant State Park – Jim Sirch

May 13, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Sleeping Giant,
99 Tuttle drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Sleeping Giant looms large and dominates the landscape north of New Haven. The park hosts diverse habitats: riparian woods, rivers and streams, stands of white pines, mature deciduous forests, and cliffs and meadow edge. Although it is famous for its ankle-twisting and heart-pumping terrain, we will explore the gentle trail on the north side. We will first explore the Mill River for Waterthrush, Eastern Phoebe, and swallows. We will then carpool to the entrance on Mansion Road to hike on easy trails through forest, thicket, and a meadow edge to look for Veery, Wood Thrush, migrating warblers, and Pileated Woodpecker. On the return back to Tuttle, we can move to the base of the cliffs at the quarry to look for nesting Ravens and possibly Peregrine Falcon.

Meet at the Sleeping Giant State Park entrance on Tuttle Avenue, Hamden.

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Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington – Carolyn Cimino

May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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This will be our 14th annual trip to this excellent birding spot. We’ll meet at the commuter lot at Exit 55 off I-95 and carpool to Barn Island. The area consists of large expanses of salt marsh, tidal pools, wetlands, woodlands, and open fields. We should see wading birds, shorebirds, and area residents such as Saltmarsh Sparrow, Marsh Wren, White-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Willow Flycatcher, Bobolink, and many other species.

Meet at I-95 Exit 55 commuter lot at 7 AM, or at 96 Palmer Neck Road, Stonington (Bobolink fields) at 8 AM.

sailcarm@aol.com

860-447-3565

william.batsford@yale.edu

203-494-4325

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Housatonic River, Kent – Rene Baade

May 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am
rt 7 & Bulls Bridge Rd, South Kent,
312 Kent Road, South Kent, CT 06785 United States
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Today we enjoy the riparian woodlands along the Housatonic in Kent, CT. We meet at the parking area on the southwest corner of Bull’s Bridge Rd and Rt. 7 (Kent Rd.) south of Kent. We carpool from there, paralleling the Housatonic via Schaticoke Rd, and Skiff Mountain Rd to River Rd, listening and looking for spring migrants. The area is famed for warblers, including Cerulean, Worm-eating, and many others. Veery, Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes and Pileated Woodpecker are also possible. Bring lunch or eat in charming Kent. Leader: Renee Baade

Meet at the parking lot on SW corner of Bull’s Bridge Road and Hwy 7 (Kent Rd), Kent.

rbaade@juno.com

home – 203-270-9953

cell – 203-526-7667

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Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park – Maria Stockmal

May 26, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Osbornedale State Park,
500 Hawthorne ave, Derby, CT 06418 United States
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Join us on a visit to this excellent birding location where we look for late spring migrants and early nesting species. The center and park have open fields, woods, ponds, and streams. Meet at Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

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The Outer Cape (Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts)

May 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

This weekend of birding and fellowship is being made available to 15 club members by advance registration. Late spring birding on the Outer Cape always is productive. Our birding localities during the three-day period include Fort Hill (Eastham), Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary/Massachusetts Audubon Society, Wellfleet Harbor, the Herring River and Herring River Estuary, the kettle ponds and the dwarf oak forests off Ocean View Drive (Wellfleet), Head of the Meadow, Pilgrim Heights, and High Head (North Truro), and Foss Hill, the Beech Forest, Race Point, Herring Cove, and MacMillan Wharf (Provincetown). Our base of operations is “At Long Last”, the Broker cottage in Wellfleet. Lodging options are: (1) motel in Wellfleet – for suggestions contact the trip leader; (2) camping at the Broker yard near Long Pond, Wellfleet. Discuss tent/sleeping bag needs in advance.

LS.Broker@cox.net

home – 203-272-5192; Wellfleet H) 508-349-2806

cell – 203-747-6843

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June 2018

Branford Supply Ponds – Maria Stockmal

June 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Branford Supply Ponds,
88 Short Rocks Rd, Branford, CT 06505 United States
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Visit this first-rate birding spot to look for fall migrants and resident species. The area has varied habitats with woods, shrubby areas and a powercut. A variety of waterfowl can be found in the ponds. Meet at Branford Supply Ponds parking lot, Chestnut Street, off Rte. 1, Branford.

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

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