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 hmbc.net frequently for any updates. 

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Program -- Sprucing-up the Adirondacks: Managing Populations of the Endangered Spruce Grouse in New York’s Lowland Boreal Forests

  • 2 Nov 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 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.




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