[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club September Schedule

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue Aug 25 10:46:23 EDT 2009


Here is the schedule for the New Haven Bird Club's September activities.

Larry Bausher, Publicity Director

Indoor Meetings:

Thursday, September 10, — Alan Hinde.  Wintering Raptors of the Great  
Basin of Nevada and Utah.  Free and open to the public.  The Jones  
Auditorium of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123  
Huntington St., New Haven, CT.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program  
begins at 7:30. For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or  
call 203.488.3876.
As fall approaches and birders’ eyes begin turning to hawks, we  
welcome a man who’s been hooked on raptors for more than 25 years—but  
in an intensely scientific way. Alan started with monitoring  
Peregrine Falcons in his native England, and since then he’s traveled  
the world monitoring, banding, counting, and researching raptors.  
He’s worked with numerous groups including Hawk Watch International  
and Cornell and has set up banding stations and done raptor research  
in places as close as NH and VT and as far as the Navajo Nation and  
the Great Basin in the American West—and even further away, in  
Israel. His hands-on experience in so many areas gives him a unique  
perspective on raptors and their migratory paths and behaviors. His  
talk will cover his work in the Great Basin where, with field  
assistance from raptor biologists and other ornithologists, his  
research is suggesting that the deserts of NV and UT are among the  
most significant winter ranges for raptors in western North America.  
He is collecting and providing biological samples from raptors that  
yield data used in a number of biological and genetic research  
projects in several states and countries.

Bird Book Discussion Group.  Wednesday, Sept 23, 7:00 PM. Free and  
open to the public. We’ll discuss the first five chapters of David  
Attenborough’s brilliantly illustrated The Life of Birds. Miller  
Senior Center, Hamden, behind the public library, at 2901 Dixwell  
Ave. For more information, contact Sara Zagorski,   
szagorski at daypitney.com, 860.275.0322.

Field Trips:

Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point.  September 1 to November 30.   
Free and open to the public.
Lighthouse Point on New Haven Harbor is one of the premier locations  
in southern New England for watching migrating eagles, hawks and  
falcons as well as good numbers of songbirds. The watch starts at 7  
AM daily and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop by  
anytime. Coordinator: Steve Mayo, 203-393-0694 or smayo at sikorsky.com.

First Wednesday Walk : Sandy Point, West Haven.  Wednesday, Sept. 2,  
8 AM. Free and open to the public.
Join us on this mid-week trip as we look for shorebirds and terns at  
this excellent local birding location. Black Skimmers, Roseate Terns,  
and a variety of shorebirds are possible. Bring wading shoes for  
possible walking in shallow water.  Meet in the parking lot opposite  
the Captain’s Galley Restaurant on Beach Street.
Contact—Kris Johnson, 203.288.3087, krisjohnson99 at snet.net

Beginner’s Walk in Woodbridge.  Saturday, September 12, 8:00 AM. Free  
and open to the public.
This walk will be oriented to the beginning birder. Learn about basic  
birding techniques and common resident species. We will see birds of  
the open fields and woods in the 100-acre Fitzgerald Property and  
Community Gardens. Meet at the gravel lot on Beecher Road— 0.1 mile  
south of Rte. 114 and the town center.
Leader— Chris Loscalzo: 203.389.6508,  closcalz at optonline.net

Seventh Annual Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park.  Sunday,  
September 27, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
This festive event is sponsored by the New Haven Parks Dept., the New  
Haven Bird Club, and other fine organizations.  In addition to hawk  
watching, there will be bird banding demonstrations, a live raptor  
demonstration, beginner bird walks, and other activities. Leader—Park  
Ranger Dan Barvir: 203.946.6086. For more information: 203.488.3876,  
or visit www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

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