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Upcoming Programs

    • 3 Jun 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers and via Zoom

    How you can help NY’s breeding birds

    Description: Learn about the third Breeding Bird Atlas in NY and how you can help this community science project. Atlasing is a great way for birders of all abilities to learn about birds while directly contributing to science and conservation. This year is the final year of the Atlas. Can you help us fill in a gap for your favorite species? Do you like to bird somewhere unique or remote? The Atlas is a statewide survey and you can participate at any time using the free eBird app. While atlasing, you will explore new areas, search for clues into the secret lives of birds, and expand your understanding and appreciation of birds. Whether you have been sitting on the fence about contributing to the project or have never heard of the Atlas before, now is your chance to contribute to the largest community science project in the state. There won’t be another atlas until 2040! Attend this talk to find out how you can participate and make an impact for bird conservation.


    Bio:  Julie started birding while working in Ithaca as a bird conservation intern with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon. She traveled for several years doing field work around the globe, then spent several years chasing high-elevation birds around the Northeast and Hispaniola as the coordinator for Mountain Birdwatch, before she went on to earn her Master’s degree studying the impacts of climate change on Cassia Crossbill in southern Idaho. After spending several years abroad, she is now the Project Coordinator for the third Breeding Bird Atlas in NY. She also serves as the co-chair of the North American Ornithological Atlas.

    • 9 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC and via Zoom

    With Kevin McGrath - details forthcoming.

    • 7 Oct 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom only

    Birding Madagascar, with a side of South Africa (Or, Birding Gondwana Pt 4)

    With Gregg Recer

    Lemurs, and chameleons, and bizarre weevils, oh my! Or, if you prefer, ground-rollers, and asities, and vangas, oh my! Whichever, we are definitely not in Kansas anymore. Madagascar is the third-largest tropical island, as well as the second-largest island country, in the world. Although originally at the center of the Gondwana supercontinent, it has been isolated from other land masses for about 90 million years. The result is a very high degree of endemism in its birds, as well as other fauna and flora. Five bird families (and two orders) are unique to the island and, of course, all eight families of lemurs occur (or occurred) only there as well. The diversity and uniqueness of lizards on the island is also quite stunning. Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen visited the country on a birding tour in 2023 and this talk will share their experiences throughout the island. As a bonus, we'll throw in some scenery and birds from nearby South Africa.

    Gregg Recer is a former HMBC president. He and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have been HMBC members since 1989 and have been focused on world birding for the last 20 years.  

    • 4 Nov 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC and via Zoom

    Unimaginable- One Birder’s Big Idea, another’s Big Year

    Speaker: Drew Hopkins, Environmental Educator, NYSDEC Five Rivers

    • 2 Dec 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC

    Birding New Mexico with Sue Adair

    Details forthcoming.

    • 3 Feb 2025
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom only

    Speaker: John Carson, details TBA

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