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

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Upcoming Programs

    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom, watch for email with link

    American woodcock ecology and management in the Northeast USA

    The American woodcock, or Timberdoodle, is an upland shorebird that thrives in young forests of the Northeast, USA. During the last decade, much research and management has been conducted to better understand aspects of woodcock ecology and to help conserve declining woodcock populations. On Monday, September 12th 2022, Dr. Roger J. Masse will provide an overview of woodcock ecology and management to the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club starting at 6:30 p.m. Among other things, this virtual presentation will outline studies he has been involved with related to behavior and management of these peculiar birds. He will also discuss the benefit of woodcock habitat management for other young forest birds.

    Dr. Masse currently works as an Associate Professor of Wildlife Management at SUNY Cobleskill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from University of Vermont (2007), a Master of Science degree in natural resources from Delaware State University (2009), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in environmental science from University of Rhode Island (URI; 2014). During these years, a common theme of his education was applied, field-studies of birds. He conducted extensive studies related to American woodcock ecology while at URI and has maintained an interest in this species ever since. Dr. Masse routinely incorporates woodcock capture and banding activities into the courses he teaches at SUNY Cobleskill, and he works with interested undergraduates to conduct Independent Projects related to woodcock and other species.

    • 3 Oct 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TBA

    After deciding to retire in late 2017 from a 31-year career in banking, Tim Colborn knew that he wanted to do more birding travel.  Visiting former colleagues in Colorado and a childhood friend in Saskatchewan helped shape a 2018 cross-country birding trip that would primarily focus on grassland sites and birds.  Tim will share photos and his fond memories of hopping in his car and driving west to the birds!

    Tim is a Life member and past Vice President of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club.  He developed a love for the outdoors while spending his summers as a boy in the Eastern Townships of Quebec hiking, swimming and fishing.  A quiet encounter with a Great Blue Heron sparked his interest in birds and birding.  In the proceeding 30+ years, he has birded in more than 40 states around the country as well as in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland and Spain.  Much of Tim’s birding has centered in New England and the Midwest where he has led field trips, participated in Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Counts, and given presentations to bird clubs.  Tim has served on the Board of the Ohio Ornithological Society as Northeast Regional Director for from 2016 through 2018 and is the current President since 2019.  He also served as a Board member for the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society in 2017 and 2018.

    Lark Bunting

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