Building the birding community in New York's Hudson-Mohawk Region

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Upcoming Programs

    • 4 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom - watch for email with link

    Title: Recovery of an Endangered Shorebird Population: the Piping Plover in the Great Lakes

    Speaker: Dr. Francie Cuthbert

    The Great Lakes Piping Plover population was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1986. Francie Cuthbert began her long-term (~35 years) research and conservation efforts to recover this population at the time of listing. This presentation will cover the history of plovers in the Great Lakes, threats that caused their decline to only 12-17 pairs and strategies that were used to increase numbers to 60-70 pairs currently. Join us to learn about the plover's recovery from this distinguished scientist, as well as how a large commercial airliner was named for her! 

    Dr. Francesca J. Cuthbert is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is also a Scientific Investigator at the University of Michigan Biological Station during the summer. For the past 30 years her research has focused on three topics in avian biology and conservation: recovery of federal or state listed species (especially piping plovers); ecology and population dynamics of colonial nesting waterbirds; and ecology and management of abundant species (especially double-crested cormorants). Most of her research involves working closely with federal and state agency biologists to facilitate conservation and management in the Great Lakes Region. She has advised > than 50 MS and PhD students and published >100 peer-reviewed research papers. Dr. Cuthbert is a past President of the Waterbird Society, Member of the Waterbird Conservation Council of the Americas and a Fellow in the American Ornithological Society. In 2009 she was honored as a Recovery Champion by US Fish and Wildlife Service for her career-long contributions to the conservation of the Great Lakes population of the Piping Plover.

    • 1 Nov 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom - watch for email with link
    Workshop: The Essentials of Birding by Ear: A Universal Method for Learning How to Identify Birds Using Songs or Call Notes 

    Birding is fun! Plain and simple. To appreciate, understand, and enjoy the bird life around them, birders must rely on their ability to instantly recognize their fine feathered friends. Identifying birds quickly and easily by sound is not only one of the biggest frustrations birders experience; it is also the singular focus of this special presentation by award-winning author and ornithologist John C. Robinson. This workshop includes a set of advanced techniques that can be adapted year-after-year to fine-tune one's ability to identify similar-sounding bird species or challenging species groups, regardless of geographic location.

    Presenter: John C. Robinson 

    A professional ornithologist, keynote speaker, and environmental consultant, John C. Robinson holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Iowa State University. A two-time #1 Best-Selling author, he has published six books about nature and birds, including An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Tennessee (1990), North American Bird Reference Book (2004), and Tweet, Flutter, and Squawk! (2015). He has also led professional birding and natural history tours to South Africa and numerous locations within the United States.

    Since 1999, John has been an advocate for minorities in birdwatching and nature and has conducted research on how to connect our youth and young adults to nature through the magic of bird watching.

    He has worked in collaboration with Toyota and the National Audubon Society; and continues to travel across the country, speaking about his landmark book, Birding for Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers.

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