Join us for our Monthly Meetings!


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


We have a short business meeting, followed by entertaining, educational programs.

WHEN: Second Thursday of each month, September - May


SCHEDULE: 7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program

Meetings will be held via ZOOM until further notice


You will need a computer or smart phone connected to the internet. A few days before the meeting, you will receive an email from HRBC President Shawn Dash containing a link to take you to the Zoom meeting.

Program for November 12, 2020

The Evolution of Birds

By Pete Peterman


7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program Using ZOOM

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 seen at 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 December 10, 2020

Winter Ecology


By  Shawn T. Dash B. Sc., M. Sc., PhD.

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program Using ZOOM

A wonderful way to explore winter in the warmth of your own home.  During the deep cold of winter we will chat on themes that warms the heart and excites the mind learning about the numerous ways plants and animals survive the season. Dr. Dash will explain the adaptations of life in the cold and look at common methods of survival.  Our discussion will take us from underneath a blanket of snow to the migratory path of neotropical migrants.

Archaeopteryx (from via Pete)

Program for September 10, 2020

YouTube video of Meeting and Program

Foraging Habits of

Migrating Songbirds

By Chance Hines

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program Using ZOOM

Chance Hines is a research biologist for the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB).  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.

Program for October 8, 2020

YouTube video of Meeting and Program

Ticks, Birds, and People


By Dr. Ashley Kennedy

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program Using ZOOM

Like it or not (and who does?), most birders encounter ticks at some point along their birding adventures. Come listen to Dr. Kennedy share everything you wanted to know about ticks and probably some things you didn’t. Learn about the ticks that parasitize birds and people, the diseases associated with them, and what you can do to avoid ticks in the future. Her dissertation research at the University of Delaware focused on bird-insect food webs.