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Upcoming Programs

    • 3 Apr 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Century House, Latham NY




    Location: Century House

    997 New Loudon Rd. (Route 9), Latham

    Schedule (Come for any or all of these parts):

    • 5:30 p.m.            Social — Cash bar
    • 6:00 p.m.            Dinner served -- Payment and reservations due by March 25th (see registration and payment details below)
    • 7:00 p.m.            Annual Business Meeting
    • 8:00 p.m.            Program:

    Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative

    Speaker: Chad Witko, Senior Coordinator, Avian Biology, National Audubon Society

    The mission of the Migratory Bird Initiative is to secure the future of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere by reducing direct threats and protecting key places across the Americas in coordination with science, conservation and policy partners.

    The Initiative brings together the latest spatial information on species distributions and movements across their annual cycles to identify priority areas for 458 species of migratory birds that regularly occur in the United States and Canada. We will use this information to define where and how to focus Audubon’s conservation investments in order to protect, restore and manage key habitat and also mitigate threats along full migratory pathways for these species.

    As Senior Coordinator, Chad Witko communicates about the Migratory Bird Initiative and other science programs within Audubon, working with data and knowledge holders across the Western Hemisphere to build relationships and acquire migratory bird datasets. Through this work, he is a principal contributor to the development of the Bird Migration Explorer.

    As an expert birder and ornithologist, Chad provides a lifetime of birding knowledge and nearly twenty years of field experience to the National Science Division at Audubon.

    Chad holds a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MS in Conservation Biology and a Certificate in Applied Spatial Analysis for GIS from Antioch University New England. He currently resides in Vermont with his partner and daughter.

    Dinner Reservations

    To register for the dinner, complete the online registration form, including online payment by clicking on the Register button above or here:

    Note: One member of a household can be the primary person to register, adding others in your party as "guests", whether or not those guests are other HMBC members from your household or non-members joining your party.

    For whoever is the primary person registering, enter the number of "guests" in addition to yourself in the box provided in the form.

    Ultimately, the payment form should charge you for the correct total number of people in your party. If there's a discrepancy between the number you expect and the amount being charged, go back and make sure the total of yourself plus your "guests" is correct.

    There is no cost or registration required to attend just the program.

    Payment for the dinner must be received no later than Saturday, March 25th. Cancellations after March 25th are not refundable. The meal will be buffet style including salads, beef tips, chicken caprese, and vegetarian ravioli entree options, sides, and dessert. Dinner cost is $46 per person.

    If you prefer to pay by check, you can also access the registration form to print out and complete here:

    2023 annual meeting v2.pdf

    • 1 May 2023
    • Five Rivers EEC, Delmar

    Renowned bird photographer Warren Green is a native of Gloversville, NY. He's married with two grown sons and four grandsons. Warren retired in 2010 from the Fulton County Probation Dept., where he was Director for 22 years. He is currently a part time Fulton County Legislator. As a young child, Warren was always fascinated with the natural world, starting with butterflies and moths, followed my reptiles and amphibians; they would be followed by birds soon after graduating from college. In 1976, he bought my first camera and has not been without one since. Warren started photographing birds shortly thereafter as he was intrigued by a bird nest in a lilac tree in his parents' back yard and tried his best to document it.

    As the years went by, he shot 1,000s of slides until late in 2013 when he switched to digital photography. Warren admits to being "not very tech savvy and not a fan of sitting in front of a computer for long stretches" but it became abundantly clear to him that the change to digital had to be made. Since then, he has shot with Nikon equipment and currently owns two Nikon DSLRs, a D850 and a D500.

    Warren's fine photographs have been published in magazines, books, and calendars over the years, dating back to the early 1980s. He also gives presentations to various groups and clubs. There was a break in these presentations during the peak two years of COVID but he is thrilled to be able to restart sharing his passion of the natural world with others.

    Black-backed Woodpecker

    Common Loons

    Northern Flicker

    Great Gray Owl

    "Lawrence's" Warbler (Hybrid of Blue-winged & Golden-winged)

    • 5 Jun 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC, Delmar

    Birding India with Gregg Recer

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