Join us for our Monthly Meetings!

The April 9th meeting is cancelled to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk.

Our meetings are informative and include presentations from experts in the birding community!

 

We have a short business meeting, followed by entertaining, educational programs, and an array of delicious refreshments prepared by our talented members.

 

WHEN: Second Thursday of each month, September - May

 

SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:00 PM  |  Social

                     7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program

WHERE: Sandy Bottom Nature Park

               1255 Big Bethel Road

               Hampton, VA

Program for March 19, 2020

Cancelled

The Evolution of Birds

by Pete Peterman

6:30 - 7:00 PM  |  Social

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Road

Hampton, VA

 

The program will cover the evolution of birds during the Age of Dinosaurs using a DVD put out by PBS entitled “When Whales Walked.” It then will cover the evolution of birds into modern families based on John Reilly’s book, “The Ascent of Birds.” Information gleaned from Paleontology and DNA was used to produce a phylogenetic tree that can be see at www.onezoom.org/EDGE_birds.htm. The presentation will end with a discussion of the Finches found in the Galapagos Islands based on the book by Jonathan Weiner entitled “The Beak of the Finch.”

Program for April 9, 2020

Cancelled

Foraging Habits of Migrating Song Birds

by Chance Hines

6:30 - 7:00 PM Social

7:00 PM Business Meeting and Program

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Road

Hampton, VA

Chance Hines is a research biologist for CCB, The Center for Conservation Biology.  Chance has been working with CCB since 2014. His current role places him in charge of monitoring Red-cockaded Woodpecker populations at Piney Grove Preserve and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. He also gets a chance to study his beloved passerines while researching wintering Ipswich sparrows along the Atlantic coast. His graduate work at Old Dominion University focused on fall migratory songbird ecology. His talk will cover his research on migrating songbirds and what they eat to fuel their long journeys.