[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule for December

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue Nov 27 10:40:25 EST 2012


Please note the December schedule of activities of the New Haven Bird  

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday December 13.   Larry Fischer — In the Eye of an Eagle.   
Please note new location: Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200  
Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.  Free and open to the public.   This  
evening’s program looks at the history of the American Bald Eagle in  
Connecticut since its population was decimated by DDT in the 1940s.  
(September this past fall marked the 50th anniversary of the  
publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book that helped  
launch the environmental movement and the ban on DDT). Larry will  
recount a brief history of the reappearance of wintering eagles in  
the 1970’s and the current status of bald eagle breeding in CT since  
the first successful nest was observed in 1992. And we’ll “get up  
close and personal” as we watch Larry’s photo essay “Climbing to an  
Eagle Nest” in which he describes what it‘s like to climb some of our  
state’s largest trees—some to the height of 90 feet—to come eye to  
eye with eaglets in their aerie.  Larry is a volunteer for the US  
Dept. of the Interior and is president of the Western CT Bird Club.  
An amateur ornithologist, Larry has been tracking bird activity since  
the 1980s. He scales the same heights to study hawks and owls too in  
their nests.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at 7:30.  For  
more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or call 203-230-1697.

Field Trips:

Family Bird Walk at Silver Sands State Park, Milford. Saturday,  
December 1, 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, cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org.

First Wednesday Walk : Hammonasset State Park, Madison.  Wednesday,  
December 5, 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

Saturday, Dec 15.  New Haven 113th 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 Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center,  
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden starting about 5:00 PM. For details,  
contact Chris Loscalzo at 203-389-6508 or closcalz at optonline.net or  
visit www.newhavenbirdclub.org for more information.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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