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Upcoming Programs

    • 4 Mar 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC, Delmar

    Birds of the Arctic:

    An Iceland Photography Tour

    The spectacular country of Iceland has become a very popular tourist destination. The combination of geology, cultural and natural history, and location is unique. It is not a species-rich location for avifauna, but the set of breeding species are fascinating, and the abundance of birds is high. Bruce Dudek visited Iceland on a bird photography tour with goals of photographing an array of species including Alcidae, Laridae, Gaviidae, Charadriiformes, as well as some passerines and others, all on breeding grounds. The destinations included areas in the SW portion of Iceland and then a primary location of the tiny island of Grimsey, off the north coast. Grimsey is the only part of Iceland where the Arctic Circle crosses and nearly the whole circumference of the island is a bird cliff. It is a destination that avoids the human crowds and provides unparalleled access to hundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds.

    Bruce Dudek has only taken up an active interest in birds and nature photography in the past 15 years. He is a long-time professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University at Albany, SUNY. Originally trained in animal behavior, his research career focused an intersection of neuroscience, genetics, and behavioral science with an emphasis on alcohol research. His primary photography interests have been bird life and bird behavior, as well as wildflower photography including native orchid species. Much of his work has had an Adirondack emphasis. While nature photography has been his primary interest, he also does sports photography. As a member of HMBC for well over a decade, he looks forward to sharing information on arctic birds of Iceland.


    • 1 Apr 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC, Delmar

    Details and a possible time change will be posted as available.

    Program: 

    Malaysian Borneo: a tropical dream, with Julie Hart and Daniel Schlaepfer

    Borneo is the third largest island in the world and its rainforests are among the oldest. Across lowland rainforests, large rivers, and a 13,000-foot mountain range, biodiversity is spectacular and includes over 600 recorded bird species including an endemic family with one species. This primary habitat is being lost at an alarming rate to palm oil plantation, timber logging, and other uses. For three weeks, Julie Hart and Daniel Schlaepfer visited the Malaysian province of Sabah in northeast Borneo on a guided tour across several destinations that included most major habitat types. The trip offered intimate encounters with Bornean Orangutan, Pygmy Elephants, Rafflesia flowers, and land leeches, and tallied an impressive 300 bird species.

    Julie Hart is a native Vermonter and an ornithologist by training. She coordinates the third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas. The fifth and final field season is this year and all are encouraged to go atlasing! She has worked nationally and internationally on a variety of bird research and bird conservation projects from the mountain tops in the northeast, to sky islands in the west, to expeditions in the Caribbean, to bird banding in New Zealand, and much more. Daniel Schlaepfer learned birding and its joys from Julie. His background is in plant ecology, and he works as an applied researcher informing land managers across the western US. Julie and Daniel have been members of HMBC since 2019 when they moved to the Capital Region.


    • 6 May 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 5 Rivers EEC

    Birding Belize with John Hershey. Details TBA.




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

    With Gregg Recer - details coming soon.

    • 7 Oct 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Five Rivers EEC

    Birding Ecuador with Kevin McGrath.

    Details forthcoming.

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

    Birding New Mexico with Sue Adair

    Details forthcoming.




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