[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club September Activities

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Wed Aug 27 20:21:10 EDT 2014


Here is the New Haven Bird Club’s schedule of activities during  

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Ken Elkins:  Under Cover of Darkness:  
Observing Nocturnal Bird Migration.  Free and open to the public.   
Whitney Center 6th floor Common (follow directional signs to room),  
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT. You don’t need to halt your  
birding adventures just because it gets dark outside. Discover the  
wonderful world of nocturnal bird migration. Just after sunset every  
fall, millions of birds take off to cross North America and head to  
wintering grounds in the southern US and in South and Central  
America. Tonight’s eminently qualified speaker will cover this  
amazing phenomenon, which is detectable by sight, sound, and even  
radar. Then you too can enjoy nighttime birding as you listen for  
migrants’ calls and search for their silhouettes against the moon.  
Ken’s lifelong interest and career in conservation education and  
birding includes work for the Connecticut Audubon Society, where he  
directed their 5 centers’ education programs and led many EcoTravel  
trips. In 2008, he moved on to National Audubon to the position of  
Education Program Manager at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River  
in Southbury. Enthusiastic and versatile Ken has tripled the  
enrollment in the Bent’s summer camps, and he created a nationally  
recognized therapeutic program—Bird Tales—in which he uses birds to  
engage people with dementia.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program  
begins at 7:30.  For more information call 203-230-1697 or visit  

Field Trips:

Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park.  September 1 to November  
30, 2014.  Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the  
premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating  
raptors as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts  
daily at 7:00 am and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop  
by anytime.  Coordinator— Steve Mayo: 203.393.0694,  
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net. Lighthouse Point Park is part of the New Haven  
Parks Dept.

First Wednesday Walk : CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford.   
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public.  
Today we head for this excellent birding location to look for  
shorebirds and terns. We should also find raptors, waterfowl, long- 
legged waders, and migrating passerines. Ten or more species of  
shorebirds are possible, including American Golden Plover.  Leader:  
Steve Spector.  Contact: Tina Green: 203-247-2660 or  
tina at renaissancestudios.com.  For more information:  

Yale University Golf Course, New Haven.  Monday, September 15, 2014,  
7:30 am. Free and open to the public. The golf course is located on  
more than 700 acres, with woods and ponds surrounding the course.  
It’s a great place to see birds year round. We’ll be visiting the  
course when there are no golfers, so we’ll be able to walk the cart  
paths and wooded trails without being disturbed or disturbing others.  
We’ll be looking for fall migrants such as raptors, warblers, vireos,  
and sparrows as well as resident bluebirds and woodpeckers. Meet at  
the clubhouse parking lot. The entrance to the course is at the end  
of Conrad Drive, which can be reached via Route 243 (Fountain Street)  
or Route 122 (Forest Road). Leader and contact person: Bill Batsford:  
203-787-1642 or william.batsford at yale.edu. For more information:  

Sandy Point “Important Bird Area” Clean Up, West Haven.  Saturday,  
September 20, 2014, 9:00 am to noon.  The New Haven Bird Club will  
participate in a beach cleanup at Sandy Point IBA in West Haven as  
part of the Ocean Conservancy’s “International Coastal Cleanup Day,”  
captained locally by Save the Sound/Dr. Bob Marra. The cleanup will  
help prevent predators, attracted by trash, from becoming accustomed  
to visiting Sandy Point, one of the most important sites in CT for  
Piping Plovers and other beach-nesting bird species. Please bring  
work gloves, sunscreen, and water. Meet at the Savin Rock parking lot  
on Beach St. (immediately east of Chick’s Restaurant/ 183 Beach St.,  
next to the skate park).  Come for all or part of the time. Contact:  
Craig Repasz: 203-230-1697 or crepasz at hotmail.com.

Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven.  Sunday,  
September 21, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. This festive event is  
sponsored by the New Haven Parks Dept., NHBC, and other fine  
organizations. There will be hawk watching; bird banding and live  
raptor demos; bird walks; and more. Chris Loscalzo will lead an 8 am  
walk and Mike Horn will lead one at 9:30 am.  Check the newspaper and  
the club newsletter for more details.  Organizer: Ranger Dan Barvir:   
203-946-6086.  For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Bird Book Discussion Group.  Sept 23, 7:00 pm. Free. The New Haven  
Bird Club book group Birds in Words will discuss THE BIRD by Colin  
Tudge. The meeting is scheduled for Sept 23 at Whitney Center, 200  
Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden at 7:00 pm in the 6th floor conference  
room. The public is welcome.  szagorski at daypitney.com, 860-721-1814.

Branford Supply Ponds, Branford.  Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00  
am.  Free and open to the public. Join Club Secretary Paul Wolter on  
a trip to this fine coastal birding location. We’ll be looking for  
fall migrants, including warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.  
There will be waterfowl and other water birds in and around the  
ponds.  Meet at the parking lot on Chestnut Street in Branford.   
Leader: Paul Wolter, 860-681-5548 or pwolter6 at earthlink.net.  For  
more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org.

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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