[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule for December

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Mon Nov 24 15:52:12 EST 2014


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

Indoor Meetings:

Thursday December 11 — Sean Murtha.  Birds and Art of Long Island.   
Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.   
Free and open to the public. Artist Sean Murtha is most inspired by  
the north shore of Long Island Sound where he was raised and still  
resides. Settling early into the two areas of painting that would  
remain a lifelong interest—wildlife and landscape—he is dedicated to  
the landscapes and birds of the Sound. He sketches birds from life  
and tonight will describe his working methods and show examples of  
both field sketches and finished paintings from throughout his  
development. He will also discuss the relevance of birds as a subject  
in art, in both the past and modern times. Sean studied painting at  
Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and has worked at the American Museum of  
Natural History where he produced a number of dioramas and became  
devoted to painting en plein air, or directly from nature. Currently  
employed at Greenwich’s Bruce Museum, he also maintains a home  
studio, continues to create dioramas on a freelance basis, and  
regularly sketches landscapes and birds in the field. Sean is a  
member of a several art associations, has exhibited widely, and is  
the recipient of a number of awards.    Social half-hour at 7:00,  
program begins at 7:30.  For more information:  
www.newhavenbirdclub.org or call 203-230-1697.

“Birds in Words” Book Group.  December 10, 7:00 p.m. Free.   
Discussion of A Feathered River Across the Sky; the Passenger  
Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg.  Meet at Whitney  
Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Contact Kris Johnson,  
kriswaxwing99 at snet.net, 203-288-3087.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset State Park, Madison.  Wednesday,  
December 3, 8:00 am. Free and open to the public.  Any time of year,  
Hammonasset is a true gem. Enjoy a mid-week trip to explore this  
birding hotspot for fall migrants. The varied habitat attracts  
shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Meet at the park  
entrance.  Leader:  Jerry Connolly.  Contact: Tina Green:  
203-247-2660 or tina at renaissancestudios.com.

115th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count. Saturday, December 20,  
2014.  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  

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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