Join us for our Monthly Meetings!

ALL MEETINGS ARE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND WILL NOT BE HELD AT SANDY BOTTOM NATURE PARK. Click HERE for YouTube video of the most recent meeting.

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 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 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 dkfindout.com 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.

Program for February 11

 

Birds in Our Yards: Helping Nature’s Pairing

By Jeff Wright

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program Using Zoom (Shawn will email link to members)

 

Climate change is having an impact on seasons, birds, and plants across Virginia. In this class you’ll learn how you can fine tune your yards features and plantings to attract, enjoy, and help a wider variety of birds while at the same time sharing observations about your yard to help science and conservation within Virginia.

 

Jeff Wright is a Virginia Master Naturalist and a former President of the Northern Neck of Virginia Chapter. He is the VP of the Friends of Dragon Run. He is a member of the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO), The North American Blue Bird Society (NABS), the Northern Virginia Audubon Society (NVAS), the Northern Neck Audubon Society, the American Birding Association (ABA), and the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Among his favorite philanthropic institutions supporting birds are The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He serves as a county coordinator for the Old Growth Forest Network, Compiler for Butterfly Counts and Christmas Bird Counts, and as a Trail Monitor for The Nature Conservancy in Virginia.

Program for January 14

 

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

By Katie Fallon

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program Using Zoom (Shawn will email link to members)

Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States Turkey and Black Vultures may be increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s recent book, this fun presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.

Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (2020, 2017) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (2011), as well as also two books for children. She is a founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the region’s wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation, and has served as President of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society. A member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, Katie has worked with birds since 1998; over the last twenty years she has given educational presentations featuring live raptors, vultures, parrots, and corvids. She is also a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and has taught writing at West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and elsewhere. Her first word was “bird.” For more: www.katiefallon.com.