COVID-19 Response Update, September 25, 2020: The HMBC Board has decided to cancel all club field trips until further notice. One possible exception to this may be the 2020 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs). Guidance from the National Audubon Society indicates that the decision whether or not to hold each count is up to the individual count compilers, and NAS recommends waiting until after November 15th to make that decision based on the pandemic conditions at that time. Announcement of the status of the three HMBC CBCs will be made after that date.  HMBC virtual programs will continue via Zoom until further notice. We will continue to monitor New York State Executive Orders and guidance related to social-distancing requirements. As the details of orders and guidance are revised, we will re-evaluate whether or not to hold subsequent events. Please check frequently for any updates. 


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


    • 2 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • via Zoom - watch for email with link
    Sprucing-up the Adirondacks: Managing Populations of the Endangered Spruce Grouse in New York’s Lowland Boreal Forests

    Speaker: Angelena Ross of NYSDEC

    After originally enrolling in the Crane School of Music in 1997, Angelena Ross graduated in 2002 from SUNY Potsdam with a BA in Geology and Biology.  She studied spruce grouse habitat relationships in the Adirondacks at a summer job with the SUNY Potsdam Research Foundation beginning in the summer of 2002.  She completed her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology in 2008 at the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.  Her Master’s research focused on spruce grouse distribution, movements, and habitat selection in the Adirondacks.  In 2018, she earned a Ph.D. at Clarkson University in Biology where her work focused again on spruce grouse.  Her dissertation consisted of population modeling, assessment of habitat management efforts, and evaluation of translocations of this increasingly rare species in New York.  She has been employed at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation since 2006 as an Endangered and Threatened Species Biologist.  In this presentation, she will focus a bit on her work on spruce grouse population modeling and habitat management, and provide a more in-depth look at results of the spruce grouse translocation efforts.

    An email will be sent and posted to HM Birds in advance of the program date with the link to view the presentation via Zoom.

    • 7 Dec 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • via Zoom - Watch for email with link

    This program is presented by licensed wildlife rehabilitator and environmental educator Kitty Rusch. Learn about the steps to take if you find an orphan baby rabbit, a fledgling bird or a snapping turtle in the middle of the road and the reasons why these steps are so important in the ultimate reintroduction the animal back into the wild. We will also discuss personal experiences of heartbreaking failures and uplifting success including the antics of messy Marvin the opossum in the basement.

    If you are interested in becoming a wildlife rehabilitator, want to hear stories of wild animal rescue or just want to save that baby bird that fell out of the nest, please join us.

    • 4 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • via Zoom - watch for email with link to connect

    A Return to Japan: Birding in the Spring

    Bernie and Chris Grossman

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