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


    • 6 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC

    Program Description:

    It has been 20 years since the last breeding bird atlas in New York State and a lot has changed! The third atlas will take place from 2020-2025 and involve thousands of volunteers from across the state. This talk will cover the history of the atlas, the importance of atlas data, and how you can get involved. Learn how the third atlas will differ from previous atlases, including how we will be using eBird for data entry. eBird will make it easier to track progress and allow anyone to enter data anywhere. Atlasing is a great excuse to explore new areas and provides an intimate look into the daily lives of birds. Whether you are a beginner or advanced birder, this unique opportunity will strengthen your birdwatching skills while contributing valuable data to a large conservation-oriented project.

    Speaker: Julie Hart

    Julie is a native Vermonter who became a birder while working as a bird conservation intern with National Audubon, Audubon New York, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She traveled for several years doing field work, including studying Common Loons (NH), Common and Roseate Terns (ME), Golden-winged Warblers (NY), Kokako (New Zealand), Black-capped Petrel (Haiti), and Ivory-billed Woodpecker (AR), before returning to VT to serve as the coordinator for Mountain Birdwatch with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. After several years chasing Bicknell’s Thrush around the mountains of the Northeast and Hispaniola, she moved to Wyoming where she received her Master’s degree studying the impacts of climate change on Cassia Crossbill in southern Idaho. Then in Europe, Julie learned about different habitats, wildlife, and conservation issues while participating in long-term “ringing” efforts. She returned to coastal CT to work as the database manager for Yale’s Map of Life project before settling in Albany to coordinate the third Breeding Bird Atlas in NY. Along the way she participated in two bird atlases, as a technician for the VT atlas and as a volunteer for the CT atlas, and considers atlasing her favorite type of birding.

    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC

    Speaker: Meteorologist Jason Gough 

    Meteorologist Jason Gough is looking forward to spending some time with the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club in early May.  Jason notes that birders all have a unique connection to the weather, as do the birds we observe!   Jason has a true appreciation of birds and their bioengineering, and explains that, “As advanced as we are at aviation physics and mechanics, we got nuthin’ on birds.”

    In his open discussion on May 6, Jason hopes to answer some of our many questions and to teach us a little bit about how and why our weather works.  He hopes that it will enhance our birding experiences and looks forward to learning from birders as well!

    Bring your questions about the weather!!

    Jason Gough was born and raised in Albany.  He graduated from Albany High School and attended Auburn University.  He transferred to and received his degree in meteorology from the University of Maryland.  (It should be noted that he is a huge fan of Auburn Football and goes to at least one game a year there).

    While at Maryland, he interned at WJLA for a summer.  The station created a paid position to keep him on as a weather producer and forecaster.  After he graduated, he took his first on-air position in Corpus Christi, Texas in August 2001.

    He returned to Albany to WNYT, where he was on air for 13 years.  He made the decision to leave the station to pursue the fight to pass the Child Victims Act into law, which happened back in February.  He also set out to lobby for funding for his television show, Wine About the Weather, which he will continue to do until the end of March. 

    Lastly, he hosts a website, jasonsweather.com. It has all kinds of forecasts, blogs and articles on weather that he regularly updates.  You can sign up for a daily delivered email (6am) and request a personal forecast for something you have going on.

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