[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Annual Banquet

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue Apr 9 20:15:02 EDT 2013


Please note that the New Haven Bird Club Annual Banquet is exactly  
one month from now, and that reservations are required in advance.   
Don’t miss this great program.  Early registration is appreciated.

Thursday, May 9.  Annual Banquet, Amarante's Restaurant, 62 Cove St,  
New Haven.  Open to the public.  Guest Speaker, Goeff LeBaron - The  
Christmas Bird Count: From Historical Conservation to 21st Century  
Citizen Science.  Social hour at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM. Reservation  
with payment and choice of entrée (Beef, Chicken, or Vegetarian)  
required by May 1, $35.00 per person, cash bar.   For reservation  
form: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or call 203-230-1697. Bring cash to  
participate in raffle.

The Christmas Bird Count is among the most widely known and popular  
programs among birders, so let’s take a leap and put a little  
Christmas into this fine spring day. We have the perfect guest to  
lead the way—Geoff LeBaron, National Audubon Societies’ Christmas  
Bird Count Director for 25 years. He’s a knowledgeable and personable  
fellow who tells a story well.  Since its inception on Christmas Day  
of 1900, Christmas Bird Census (now “Count”) volunteers have been  
counting birds in specific areas in the Holiday season—and also  
keeping track of how much time and effort they expend to tally those  
birds. The CBC is the great-granddaddy of what has come to be called  
Citizen Science—where volunteer citizens partake in an activity and  
contribute data to a larger program.  Scoffed at by many scientists  
for decades, in recent times the CBC and other large volunteer- 
generated data sets have become the wave of future investigation for  
conservation biologists. CBCers may not realize that just by counting  
birds and contributing data in a program like the CBC, they are, in  
fact, helping further our understanding of how bird populations are  
doing on a hemispheric level.  Our speaker will look at the CBC in  
the past, present, and future tenses, including interesting stories— 
as investigated using the online CBC tool set—about how some bird  
species are doing on local, regional, and continental scales.  His  
own long history with the CBC will make for a well-informed  
presentation. Not only has Geoff been National Audubon’s CBC Director  
for 25 years, he has also performed a wide range of other NAS tasks,  
including natural history and special events consultancies,  
lecturing, and media spokesmanship. Prior to his NAS job, Geoff was  
employed by the NH and RI Audubon Societies, did environmental  
education work, spent more than 3,000 hours observing marine mammals  
and birds along the entire US east coast, and led whale and seabird  
watching trips off Cape Cod.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
Publicity Director, NHBC

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