[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club October Schedule

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue Sep 21 21:04:17 EDT 2010


The following are the New Haven Bird Club's activities for October.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, October 14 — Kevin Burgio.  Monk Parakeets in Connecticut:  
What Are They Doing Here?  7:30 PM. Refreshments and social half-hour  
at 7:00 PM.  The Jones Auditorium of the Connecticut Agricultural  
Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St., New Haven, CT. Free and open  
to the public.  For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or  
call 203.288.3087.  Some people consider Monk Parakeets pests; others  
consider them unique and beautiful. But however they are viewed,  
they’re building large stick nests along the coast, often on utility  
poles, where the nests sometimes cause power outages and fires. Our  
speaker, Kevin Burgio, an ecology and evolutionary biology Ph.D  
candidate at UConn, has been studying Monk Parakeets since his  
undergraduate days. The goal of his continuing research is to develop  
a non-lethal, safe, and cost-effective method to prevent Monk  
Parakeets from nesting on the poles, thus alleviating the clash  
between the birds, utility companies, and a public concerned with  
safety. Tonight Kevin will use photographs, graphs, and video footage  
to illustrate his research. He’ll also provide background information  
on the biology of the parakeets, suggest how they initially came to  
North America, and describe past and present management tactics. The  
talk will provide interesting data to help answer the question,  
“Where will the Monk Parakeets go from here?”

Field Trips:

Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, Derby.   
Saturday, Oct 2, 8:00 AM.  Free and open to the public.  The park  
supports a wide variety of birds, from Pileated Woodpecker and Green  
Heron to Bald Eagle and warblers.  Rarities have occurred here, most  
notably the Western Flycatcher a few years ago, a first state  
record.  Habitat includes two small ponds, meadows, low brush, and  
trees.  Note:  It can take up to 2 hours to walk the pond area.  An  
extended bird walk will be offered along the red trail, which can  
take 1-2 additional hours, depending on activity.  This portion of  
the walk has two steep hills and will take us to an area that can  
have very good birding.  Meet at the Kellogg parking lot:  500  
Hawthorne  Ave., Derby.  Leader—Maria Stockmal: 203.488.3876,  
m.stockmal at snet.net

Connecticut Ornithological Association Sparrow Workshop, Silver Sands  
State Park, Milford. Free and open to the public.  Sunday, October 3,  
8:00 AM. (Rain date: Oct 17)
Join Frank Mantlik and other top birders to study the finer points of  
sparrow identification. No pre-registration is necessary. The  
workshop is free and open to the public.
Contact—Tina Green: 203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com

First Wednesday Walk : Osbornedale State Park, Derby. Free and open  
to the public.
Wednesday, October 6, 8:00 AM
Join us as we visit this fine birding location. Its varied habitat  
includes freshwater ponds, fields, and woods, and attracts  
shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds.  Rarities have  
occurred here, most notably the Western Flycatcher, a first state  
record, found a few years ago. Leader is Roy Harvey. Meet at the  
Kellogg  Environmental Center parking lot, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.
Contact—Tina Green: 203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com

THE BIG SIT!  Sunday, October 10. Free and open to the public.
Established by NHBC, The Big Sit!® has become an international event,  
with birders participating on four continents.  The object is to  
record as many species of birds as possible in a single day from one  
17-foot diameter circle.  The circles for the event are located  
strategically at a number of birding hot spots throughout the state.   
Join other birders in one of these circles or create your own. For  
further information, go to the Birders' Digest website,  
<birdwatchersdigest.com> ,  or contact John Triana at 203 758-7203 or  
jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net.

Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven.  Sunday, October 17, 8:00 AM. Free and  
open to the public. Cemeteries can be great places to bird. Join us  
as we look for fall migrants in the historic and serene setting of  
Evergreen Cemetery.  And as we look for birds on their migration  
south, we'll visit the gravesites of several former NHBC members.  A  
cemetery administrator, as our guest speaker, will tell us about  
Evergreen’s notable history. This is a great  trip for all as the  
walking is easy, on flat ground.  Meet at the parking lot outside the  
cemetery's office on Ella Grasso Boulevard.  Leader—John Triana:  
203.758.7203, jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net.

Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 23, 8:00 AM.
Visit one of Connecticut's best fall birding spots, where the  
abundance of some migrants and sightings of less common species can  
make for a truly memorable trip. The walking is easy, as it is on  
level ground.  Meet at the park entrance (I-95 to exit 62 and follow  
the connector to the park).  Leader: Flo McBride: 203 288-6777 or  
jmcbride at yale.edu.

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