[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule for September

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Sat Aug 29 15:05:06 EDT 2015


Please note the following schedule of September NHBC activities.

Indoor Meeting:
Thursday, September 10, 2015 — Daniel Jared Field.  From Big Years to Big Eras: Birding through Geological Time.  Free and open to the public. Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.   The present is an amazing time to be a birder. For example, Neil Hayward was able to set a new Big Year record in 2013 using modern birding networks, improved taxonomic knowledge, and ubiquitous transportation options. He recorded more than 700 North American species over a period of 12 months.  Although the current diversity on the North American continent is impressive, the fossil record reveals some truly startling additions to the ABA checklist.  While spotting a frogmouth or a mousebird in Wyoming today would incite a major twitch, paleontologists have revealed that these exotic lineages, along with many others, were present on our continent 50 million years ago. And there is surprising evidence of birds that, even further back in time, would have flown above the heads of dinosaurs. Tonight’s talk examines how the structure of North American avifauna has changed dramatically over evolutionary time, and will lead to a discussion of the most fundamental ornithological question of all: Evolutionarily speaking, what is a bird? Who better to entertain this question than Daniel, a Yale Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, where he studies the evolution of birds.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at 7:30.  For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org <http://www.newhavenbirdclub.org/>. or call 203-331-6067.

 Field Trips:

Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point.  August 31 to December 1, 2015.   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, 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven.  Coordinator: Steve Mayo: 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net <mailto:rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net>
 First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford .  Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public.   Join us as we look for shorebirds and terns at this excellent local birding location. We should also find raptors, waterfowl, long-legged waders, and migrating passerines. Ten or more species of  shorebirds  are  possible, including  American  Golden Plover.  Meet at the Coastal Center parking lot, at 1 Milford Point Rd.  Leader: Stephen Spector, 203-876-7461 (home), 203-928-8089  (cell) or  charsjs at sbcglobal.net <mailto:charsjs at sbcglobal.net>.

 Litter Cleanup: Sandy Point IBA Bird Sanctuary, West Haven.  Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9 am to noon.  Free and open to the public.   Join a critical conservation effort: Help remove trash from an Important Bird Area as part of the Ocean Conservancy's  “International Coastal Cleanup".  A clean site prevents predators, attracted by food litter, from becoming accustomed to visiting Sandy Point, one of the prime sites in CT for Piping Plovers and other beach-nesting bird species. Plus: Our data will help scientists fight ocean litter! Bring work gloves, sunscreen, and water. Meet at the Morse Park parking lot (immediately east of Chick's Restaurant/, 183 Beach St., West Haven, next to skate park). Leader:  Winie Wirth, 203-859-2971 or  wirthwitte at att.net <mailto:wirthwitte at att.net>
“Birds in Words” Book Group.  Sept 15, 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.   Discussion of Journey into Summer by Edwin Way Teale.  Meet in the 6th floor conference room at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.  Contact Kris Johnson, kriswaxwing99 at snet.net, 203-288-3087.

 Annual Migration Festival, Lighthouse Point Park.  Sunday, September 20, 2015, 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 watch-ing; bird banding and live raptor demos; bird walks; and more. Chris Loscalzo will lead an 8:00 am walk, Mike Horn will lead one at 9:30 and Flo McBride will lead a kids’ walk at 9:30. The park is located at 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Check the newspaper and the club newsletter for more details.  Organizer: Ranger Dan Barvir:  203-946-6086. 

Yale University Golf Course, New Haven (200 Conrad Drive).  Monday, September 28, 2015, 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 course entrance is at the end of Conrad Dr. which can be reached via Rt. 243 (Fountain St.) or Rt. 122 (Forest Rd.). Leader: Bill Batsford: 203-787-1642 (home), 203-494-4325 (cell) or  william.batsford at yale.edu <mailto:william.batsford at yale.edu>.



Larry Bausher

West Haven

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