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


    • 6 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library

    The HMBC holiday party, which was snowed out in December, will be held January 6. All are welcome to come at 6:00, and bring a dessert to share if you would like. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the library. The program will begin at 6:30.

    Speaker: Joe Corra


    Aerial insectivorous birds – a guild comprising swallows, nightjars, swifts, and flycatchers – have experienced alarming population declines in North America in recent decades.  Declines across diverse species in the guild suggest that changes in flying insect prey are likely a common factor. Aerial insectivores breeding in urban areas face multiple environmental changes, as urbanization is associated with shifts in local climate, habitat structure, water quality, and both terrestrial and aquatic insect prey.  Joe Corra will present his MS thesis research which investigated links between aerial insectivore population declines and insects, water quality, and urbanization. 


    Joe Corra is a 2019 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned his Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources.  His thesis research constitutes part of a broader project exploring linkages between terrestrial insectivores and aquatic ecosystems in Dr. Mažeika Sullivan’s Stream and River Ecology Lab (https://u.osu.edu/strive/).  He is an active volunteer with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and currently works as an environmental analyst for New York State.  

    • 3 Feb 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library

    Speaker: Paul Novak of NYSDEC

    Paul Novak is the Wildlife Diversity Biologist for NYSDEC Region 4, based out of Schenectady. He leads and coordinates regional activities for various songbird, marsh bird, and raptor species, as well as work on the New England cottontail, and Endangered/Threatened species project review, and serves as the Region 4 representative on the Bureau of Wildlife Bird & Mammal Diversity Team and the Reptile and Amphibian Team. Following graduation from SUNY Morrisville and Cornell, Paul began his career as a seasonal wildlife technician in Stamford, then the Endangered Species Unit, then returned to school where he earned his MS in Wildlife from Cornell. Paul worked as Director of Science & Stewardship with the Lower Hudson Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and as Zoologist with the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP), before coming to DEC in his current role. 

    • 2 Mar 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library

    Program: "The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding - and What's New and Different

    Speaker: Rich Guthrie

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