[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Events in March

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Sun Feb 28 19:34:48 EST 2016


Please note the following schedule of March NHBC activities, and check the website for information about the possibility of last minute cancellations.

Indoor Meetings:

Monthly Meeting, Thursday, March 10. William Burt — Rare and Elusive Birds of North America.  Free and open to the public. Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.  Late on a June night, in the middle of a vast Spartina marsh in eastern Maryland, William Burt achieved his longtime goal to photograph the Black Rail, a  mythic,  red-eyed  bird  so rare and deftly elusive in the fine grass of its meadow home that few ornithologists had ever even seen it. But the trip was just the first of many photo quests made by this renowned naturalist, photographer and writer, and the first phase of a mission that would occupy him for some 16 years and take him to the marshes, bogs, swamps, and other wild lands all over North America. His mission: To photograph all 20 of the most elusive “ghost’ birds” on the continent, and to photograph them as never before, close up and undisturbed in their wild and secret haunts. He spent weeks at a time in the field, using his own hand-built equipment and often visiting sites repeatedly, year after year in certain cases—sometimes in the middle of the night—to get the picture he was after. In tonight’s presentation, we journey with William to the remote places he visited in search of the rails, bitterns, nightjars, and other “mystery birds” birders long to see.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program at 7:30. For more information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or 203-331-6067.

The Birds in Words book group is reading The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycher and will discuss this book on Tuesday, March 15 from 7-9 at Whitney Center in the 6th floor conference room.  Free and open to the public.  For details, contact Kris Johnson: kriswaxwing99 at gmail.com, 203-288-3087.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Stratford Shore & Great Meadows Marsh.  Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 8:00 am Free and open to the public.  We’ll look for oceanic birds such as Long-tailed Duck and scoters, as well as raptors and shorebirds. We will meet at the Dunkin Donuts parking lot at the corner of Main St. (Rt. 113) and Access Rd., and carpool from there.  Leader: Frank Mantlik:  mantlik at sbcglobal.net

Cromwell Meadows Wildlife Management Area.  Sunday, March 20, 2016, 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public.  This WMA in Middlesex County is situated along the confluence of the Mattabesset and Coginchaug Rivers and parallels Rt. 9. A wide dirt/gravel path bisects the area, providing good walking access.  Snow or snowmelt may be on the path so wear sturdy, water-resistant boots. The wetland supports large numbers of wintering and spring migrant waterfowl, including Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and Common Merganser.  We also seek views of nesting Bald Eagle, woodpeckers, and Eastern Bluebird. Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers are expected to provide a background chorus. Plan your travel route in advance because access to the site is obscure. One option for directions: From either direction of Interstate 91, take the exit for Rt. 9 South. From Rt. 9-S take Exit 19 (Rt. 372, West St). Go left at the end of ramp and proceed 0.3 mi. to the second traffic light where you turn right onto Hicksville Rd. Drive 0.9 miles to the WMA entrance on the right, which tunnels under Rt. 9 and opens onto a good-sized parking lot. (Hicksville Rd. becomes South St. at one point). Or set your GPS to Diane Drive in Cromwell which is directly opposite the WMA entrance. For a pdf map and description of the site, go to the website <conservect.org> and the pamphlet, “Mattabesset River Canoe/Kayak Trail.”   Leader:  Steve Broker:  203-747-6843 or  Ls.Broker at cox.net.

Larry Bausher
West Haven

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