[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club April activities

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Thu Apr 3 13:38:43 EDT 2008

Please note the following schedule of April activities of the New  
Haven Bird Club:

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, April 10.  Conservation Across Landscapes — Dr. Robert Askins
Free and open to the public.  The Jones Auditorium of the Connecticut  
Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St., New Haven, CT.
Fragmentation of natural landscapes into smaller, often isolated  
patches poses threats to many species dependent on large continuous  
habitat expanses.  Negative effects of habitat fragmentation are  
especially evident from studies of forest birds in northeastern  
United States as well as in other habitats in North America, Asia,  
and other continents.  Dr. Askins will discuss the effects of and  
approaches to combating the progression of habitat fragmentation.  
Professor of Biology at Connecticut College, Dr. Askins teaches  
courses in ecology, animal behavior, and ornithology. An author  
published widely in scientific journals, his research focuses on the  
ecology and conservation of migratory birds in both their northern  
breeding areas and tropical wintering areas. His book about the  
ecology and conservation of North American birds (Restoring North  
America’s Birds: Lessons from Landscape Ecology) was published in  
2000 and has since been issued in a second edition. .  Social half- 
hour at 7:00, program begins at 7:30. For more information call  
203-787-1642 or visit www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Field Trips:

East Rock Birding and Trail Maintenance.  Saturday, April 5, 8:00 am.  
Free and open to the public.  Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking  
lot for a bird walk from 8 to 9 am.  Then join Park Ranger Dan Barvir  
and help with light trail maintenance along the river from 9 am to 12  
pm.  Bring work gloves and pruning shears if you have them.  Leader:  
Dan Barvir: 203 946-6086.

Lighthouse Point to the Richard English Refuge.  Saturday April 19,  
8:30 AM. Free and open to the public.  Meet in the Lighthouse Point  
Hawk Watch parking lot and bird the harbor shore for gulls, loons,  
ducks and early returning shore birds. We will then proceed to the  
Richard English Refuge in Killingworth and finish at Hammonasset  
State Park. Bring lunch for this all day trip and dress warmly.  
Leaders: Dick English 203-865-8610 and Mike Horn 203-288-1891 or  
mfhorn at att.net

Saturday, April 26, 7:30 AM.  West Rock Ridge.  Free and open to the  
Climb the winding abandoned road to the top of West Rock Ridge with  
awesome views of ravens and Konold's Pond.  We will be looking for  
early warblers, woodland birds and a variety of woodpeckers.  Meet at  
the West Rock Nature Center parking lot on Wintergreen Ave.  For more  
information call Pat Leahy, 203-393-2427 or ptjleahy at yahoo.com.

Beginners' Bird Walk at Edgewood Park.  Sunday, April 27, 8:00 am.  
Free and open to the public.  This walk will commemorate the very  
first bird club field trip held here 101 years ago.  We will be  
looking for early spring migrants such as Palm, Pine, and Yellow- 
rumped Warblers and make note of the common resident species.  Last  
year, we found a Red-headed Woodpecker and several Rusty Blackbirds.   
Leader: Chris Loscalzo: 203 389-6508 or closcalz at optonline.net

Larry Bausher
Publicity Director, NHBC

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