[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club February Activities
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Sun Jan 29 10:48:31 EST 2012
Here is the New Haven Bird Club's schedule of activities for February:
February 9, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Sylvia Halkin - Squirrels: Birders’ Enemy
#1? Or Intriguing Survivors? Jones Auditorium of the Connecticut
Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St., New Haven. Free
and open to the public.
For just one evening, let’s give equal time to the clever non-avian
creatures that we might as well admit will always be with us. Dr.
Sylvia Halkin will tell us about the complex nut-storing behavior of
these extremely familiar but not always welcome backyard visitors.
Her biology students at CCSU have gotten not only to learn scientific
methodology but have had some good fun too in their research on
Eastern Gray Squirrels. These animals depend on the nuts that they
store for food over the winter and have a remarkable diversity of
strategies to protect their stashes from potential thieves. The
shrewd tacticians even change their nut-storing behavior in response
to recent theft. Enjoy a presentation about the resourceful animals
that at times outwit even the professor and her students. Dr. Halkin
has published in major science journals on her research on song
repertoire use by Northern Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees and
bill-tucking orientation of birds resting in groups, as well as on
her work on squirrels. She and her students have appeared on Animal
Planet network’s Most Extreme Pirates. Social half-hour at 7:00,
program begins at 7:30. For more information:
www.newhavenbirdclub.org or call 203-230-1697.
First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Wednesday,
February 1, 8:00 a.m. Free and open to the public. Join us on this
mid-week field trip to one of the area’s best birding locations. We
will look for sea ducks, grassland species, and rarities. Last year
the first ever sighting of a Common Murre in CT occurred right around
the time of this trip. Meet at the park entrance (I-95, Exit 62).
Leader—Tina Green: 203.247.2660, tina at renaissancestudios.com.
Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Saturday, February 4, 8:00 a.m.
Free and open to the public. Join us as we visit this premier CT
birding location for a mid-winter excursion. We will be looking for
sea ducks, shorebirds, grassland species, and winter finches. Notable
sightings on last year’s trip included Common Eider, Surf Scoter,
Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Merlin, Snow Bunting, and
Horned Lark. We’ll check out the entire park, including the
campgrounds area. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot at Meig’s Point.
Leader—Chris Loscalzo: 203.389.6508, closcalz at optonline.net
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and Rhode Island Coast.
Saturday, February 25, 7:00 a.m. Free and open to the public. This
all-day trip includes stops at Sachuest Point, Beavertail State Park,
Moonstone Beach and Trustum Pond, all outstanding Rhode Island
birding locations. We should see grebes, loons, scoters, scaup,
Purple Sandpipers, and lots of Harlequin Ducks. Highlights on last
year’s trip included Black Guillemot, Red-necked Grebe, and Eurasian
Widgeon. Dress warmly—it’s cold and windy on the coast. The hiking is
a bit strenuous in places. Bring lunch and a spotting scope if you
have one. Meet at the Branford commuter lot at Exit 55, I-95. We
carpool from there. Leader: Chris Loscalzo: 203 389-6508 or
closcalz at optonline.
Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director
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