[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Activities for December

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Sun Nov 27 10:28:38 EST 2011


The following list covers the New Haven Bird Club's schedule of  
activities for December:

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday December 8, 2011 — Chris Rimmer.  Bicknell’s Thrush:  
Conserving a Bird of Two Worlds.  Jones Auditorium of the Connecticut  
Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St., New Haven. Free  
and open to the public.  The Bicknell’s Thrush is one of North  
America’s most rare and vulnerable songbirds.  Nesting only in  
mountaintop forests of Vermont and other northeastern states, and  
wintering primarily on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic  
and Haiti), Bicknell’s Thrush faces numerous threats to its long-term  
survival.  On its breeding grounds, these include acid precipitation,  
ski area development, communications tower construction, wind power  
development, mercury contamination, and climate change.  The species’  
limited winter habitats likewise are under siege from deforestation  
caused by human population pressures.  Since 1992, Chris, Director of  
the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE), has led efforts to conserve  
the Bicknell and the habitats on which it depends.  He’ll discuss  
this rare and fascinating songbird and VCE’s study of it at both ends  
of its migratory range. Chris has degrees in Wildlife Biology and  
Ecology and Behavioral Biology.  Prior to his job at VCE, he did  
research in Ontario, Peru, Manomet Bird Observatory and both the  
Arctic and Antarctic.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at  
7:30.  For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or call  

Field Trips:

Family Bird Walk at Silver Sands State Park, Milford. Saturday,  
December 3, 2011, 9:00 a.m.  This walk is oriented toward families  
that are interested in learning about birds. Beginners are welcome.  
The park is a great place to see waterfowl, shorebirds, and sparrows.  
Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, appropriates  
clothing, and a little bit of curiosity about birds and the natural  
world. Meet in the parking lot at  the end of  Silver Sands Pkwy.   
Leader—Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe; 203.630.9640, jubilee832001 at yahoo.com

First Wednesday Walk : Hammonasset State Park, Madison.  Wednesday,  
December 7, 8:00 a.m.  Join us as we explore this birding hotspot for  
fall migrants. The varied habitat attracts shorebirds, raptors,  
songbirds, and waterfowl.  Meet at the park entrance. Leader—Jerry  
Connolly.  Contact—Tina Green: 203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com

Ora Ave./ Proto Drive/Tweed-New Haven Airport, New Haven.  Saturday,  
December 10, 8:00 a.m.  Meet on Proto Drive near the landfill. This  
area on the east side of the airport has a great array of late fall  
migrants and some over-wintering species. Possibilities include Rough- 
legged Hawk, White-crowned Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Marsh Wren,  
and even Great Horned Owl and American Bittern.  Directions: Take  
I-95, Exit 51 Frontage Road. Go 0.9 mi. Turn right onto Hemingway  
(Rte. 142). Go about one mile, turn right onto Proto Drive. Leader— 
Steve Broker: 203.272.5192  (cell: 203.747.6843), ls.broker at cox.net

Saturday, Dec 17.  New Haven 112th Annual Christmas Bird Count.  Join  
other NHBC club members in this fun event, steeped in tradition.  
Participate for a few hours or the entire day.  Results are sent to  
the National Audubon Society and included in an international census.  
The compilation dinner is at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment  
Station, 123 Huntington St., New Haven, CT starting about 5:00 PM.  
For details, call Chris Loscalzo at 203-389-6508 or  
closcalz at optonline.net or visit www.newhavenbirdclub.org for more  

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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