[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule of October Activities
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Sun Sep 28 20:25:00 EDT 2014
Here is the New Haven Bird Club’s schedule of activities during October:
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Theresa Feo. Feather Development and
Differentiation. Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill
Drive, Hamden, CT. Free and open to the public. Social half-hour at
7:00, program begins at 7:30. For more information: 203-230-1697 or
Clothes may make the man, but feathers make the bird. Birds sport
thousands of feathers that come in myriad shapes and sizes for
various uses including flying, attracting a mate, and even carrying
water. The diversity of feathers is stunning but it is not always
clear how the different feather shapes are produced. Teresa Feo will
present her ongoing research to uncover how feathers grow into
different shapes. She is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Richard Prum's
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale. Through her
focus on feather development she has worked extensively with Chris
Clark (a previous speaker for the NHBC) on a project to document
hummingbird courtship displays and feather sounds.
First Wednesday Walk: Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven. Wednesday,
October 1, 2014 8:00 am. Free and open to the public. Join us on a
visit to this premier local birding location, renowned for its
migrating raptors and passerines. If the weather conditions are
favorable, we may see hundreds of hawks in flight over the park. Meet
at the hawk watch site inside the park. Leader: Frank Mantlik,
203-984-9410. Lighthouse Point Park is part of the New Haven Parks
Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, Derby.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 am. Free and open to the public.
Here’s a chance to visit an outstanding birding spot that boasts a
variety of habitats—open fields, woodlands, and ponds. We’ll look for
fall migrants, including warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and vireos.
Meet at the Kellogg Center parking lot at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.
Leader: Maria Stockmal: 203-488-3876 or m.stockmal at snet.net.
Beginners’ Bird Walk at Griswold Point, Old Lyme. Saturday, Oct.
4th, 2014, 12:00 pm. Free and open to the public Griswold Point,
located at the mouth of the CT River, provides important stopover
habitat for shorebirds and songbirds in the fall. On this walk, we
will scan the coastline for late migration shorebirds, and look for
Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows along the edges of the marsh. The
Saltmarsh Sparrow is globally vulnerable and fall migration offers a
great opportunity to glimpse this species. This walk is geared to
beginners but families and birders of all levels are welcome. More
advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide
support and inspiration to the newcomers. We will meet at the town
parking lot at the end of White Sands Beach Road. Please note: We
will walk about 2 miles during this trip. Leader: Corrie
Folsom-O'Keefe: 203-630-9640 or cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
THE BIG SIT!® Sunday, October 12, 2014. Free and open to the
public. Established by NHBC, The Big Sit!® has become an
international event, with birders participating on four continents.
The object is to record as many species of birds as possible in a
single day from one 17-foot diameter circle. The circles for the
event are located strategically at a number of birding hotspots in
the state. Join other birders in one of these circles or create one
of your own! You don’t have to be a hard-core birder to join in the
fun. The event is now run by Bird Watcher’s Digest. For details, go
to the Bird Watcher’s Digest website: <birdwatchersdigest.com> or
contact—John Triana: 203.758.7203, jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net.
Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 am.
Free and open to the public. Visit one of Connecticut's best fall
birding spots, where the abundance of some migrants and sightings of
less common species can make for a truly memorable trip. The walking
is easy, as it is on level ground. Meet at the park entrance (I-95
to exit 62). Leader: Flo McBride: 203 288-6777 or jmcbride at yale.edu.
Branford Supply Ponds, Branford. Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00
am. Free and open to the public. Visit this fine local birding
location to look for fall migrants and resident species. A variety
of waterfowl can be found in the ponds. There is varied habitat,
with woods and shrubby areas. The walking is easy, although it is
hilly in some areas. Meet at the Supply Ponds parking lot on
Chestnut Street in Branford. Leader—Maria Stockmal: 203-488-3876 or
m.stockmal at snet.net
Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director
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