[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Birds in Words Book Group and October Schedule

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Sun Sep 18 20:54:20 EDT 2011


The following is an announcement of the September meeting of the  
Birds in Words book group and the bird club's October schedule of  

The Birds in Words NHBC Book Group will meet at Whitney Center at  
7:00 on September 22 in the upstairs conference room to discuss Sy  
Montgomery's book, Birdology.  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to this discussion.

The Whitney Center is located at 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT.   
 From Whitney Ave. turn onto Putnam Ave. and then right onto Leeder  
Hill Drive.  Park on the road and go to the main desk, sign in and  
ask directions to the meeting room.  If you have any questions  
contact Kris Johnson: krisjohnson99 at snet.net or 203-288-3087.

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, October 13, 2011 — Shannon Kearney-McGee Ugly Places for  
Beautiful Birds.  Please Note: The Oct. meeting will be held at the  
Peabody Museum. See directions at the end of this program  
description. Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at 7:30.  For  
more information call 203-230-1697 or visit www.newhavenbirdclub.org.
Nobody likes to see a rough clear cut in a forest or enjoys being  
prickled  by  brambles in  a  field—except, that  is, for the Golden- 
winged  Warbler! Unfortunately, the “ugly” shrubland  places  that  
some  birds need are  often prime  targets  as  development   
pressures rise or these areas  are  left  to  grow into forest.   
Thus, more than  80% of the birds  in  the  Northeast  that rely on  
shrubland habitat—among them the Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow- 
breasted Chat, and Brown Thrasher—are in significant decline. Shannon  
will discuss recent CT DEP research to estimate the abundance and  
distribution of shrubland habitat that is currently protected and  
managed. The goal is to determine how many shrubland birds we can  
hope to support in the future. Shannon’s entire career focus has been  
the research and monitoring of bird species in greatest conservation  
need. Employed by DEP for 6 years, her previous12 years of research  
took her as far west as CA (seabirds) and as far east as Cape Cod  
(grassland birds). In CT she has studied woodland raptors, owls, whip- 
poor-wills, chimney swifts nighthawks, and shrubland birds, among  
         The Environmental Science Center, 21 Sachem St., is directly  
behind the Peabody. Some street parking is available on Sachem, free  
after 7 pm. There is also a Peabody Visitors Parking Lot at the far  
south end of Yale Lot 22. Its entrance is one block north of the  
museum, opposite Humphrey St. Enter lot, go straight ahead, turn left  
at end of drive. Continue to end to second yellow gate. Turn left  
into parking area.
         Enter ESC through Sachem St. main entrance, on the SW corner  
of the building, close to intersection of Hillhouse Avenue and  
Sachem. From parking lot walk along far right side of building to the  
ECS entrance. Go straight down hallway to a circular vestibule. There  
are 3 hallways. One on the right goes to a stairway. Second hallway  
on the right leads to a corridor. Room 110 is on this corridor; it’s  
the first room on the right.

Field Trips:

Family Bird Walk at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven. Free and open  
to the public. Saturday, October 1, 9:00 A.M.  This trip is oriented  
toward families that are interested in learning about birds. The  
focus will be on fall migrants, especially hawks. Bring binoculars  
and a field guide if you have them, appropriate clothing, and a  
little bit of curiosity about birds and the natural world. All ages  
are welcome. Meet at the hawk watch station in the park. Leader— 
Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe; 203.630.9640, jubilee832001 at yahoo.com

Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, Derby.  Free and  
open to the public.  Saturday, October 1, 8:00 A.M.  Join past- 
President Maria Stockmal as she leads a walk at this fine local  
birding location. The environmental center and state park boast a  
variety of habitats, including open fields, woodlands, and ponds.  
We’ll be looking for fall migrants, including warblers, vireos,  
flycatchers, and sparrows.  Meet at the Kellogg parking lot:  500  
Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.  Leader—Maria Stockmal: 203.488.3876,  
m.stockmal at snet.net

First Wednesday Walk : Osbornedale State Park, Derby.  Free and open  
to the public. Wednesday, October 5, 8 A.M.  Join us as we visit this  
fine birding location. There is varied habitat including freshwater  
ponds, open fields, and woods. Rarities have been found here, most  
notably the Western Flycatcher, a first state record, a few years  
ago.  Meet at the Kellogg  Environmental Center parking lot, 500  
Hawthorne Ave., Derby. Leader—Bill Banks. Contact—Tina Green:  
203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com

THE BIG SIT!®  Sunday, October 9. 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 hotspots in the state. Join  
other birders in one of these circles or create one of your own! You  
don’t have to be a hard-core birder to join in the fun. The event is  
now run by Bird Watcher’s Digest. For details, go to the Bird   
Watcher’s  Digest  website: <birdwatchersdigest.com> or  contact—John  
Triana: 203.758.7203, jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net

Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven.  Free and open to the public.  
Saturday, October 15, 8:00 A.M. Join us as we look for fall migrants  
in the historic and serene setting of Evergreen Cemetery.  This is a  
trip co-sponsored by the NHBC, the New Haven Museum, and Evergreen  
Cemetery.  We'll visit the gravesites of several important and  
interesting people from New Haven's past while seeking birds on their  
way south.  This is a great trip for all as the walking is easy on  
flat ground.  Meet at the parking lot outside the cemetery office on  
Ella Grasso Blvd.  Leader—John Triana: 203.758.7203,  
jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net

Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Free and open to the public.   
Saturday, October 15, 8:00 A.M.  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.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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