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

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Upcoming Programs

    • 6 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar - Also available on Zoom

    Digital Darkroom Workshop: Getting more out of your photos

    This event will be held in-person at Five Rivers in Delmar, and will also be available live via Zoom.

    Digital technology has revolutionized photography in a lot of ways. One of the most striking examples is that now practically anybody with a computer or smart phone can re-touch their own photos in a matter of minutes -- something that, in the film era, might have taken weeks through a lab, and was only realistically available to professional photographers. This workshop will provide numerous examples of simple computer tools (primarily Adobe Lightroom) to help adjust and improve many aspects of digital images such as framing, exposure, contrast, shadows, sharpening, noise, white balance, etc. The emphasis will be on getting the most information out of bird photos, but will also touch on landscapes and "animal-in-habitat" images.

    Gregg Recer is a former HMBC president. He considers himself a "birding photographer" rather than an artist, using the camera primarily as a birding tool. He and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have been HMBC members since 1989.

    • 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.

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