Bird Study Group
Photo: Barry Cherriere
The dates for the 2011/2012 Bird Study Group Meetings are as follows.
Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Visitors are always welcome.
2012 / 2013:
Monday September 17, 2012: The Effect of Urban Noise on the Song of Red-winged Blackbirds by Lyndsay Cartwright
Monday October 22, 2012: A Pair of Big Days � reflections from the New Ontario, Alberta and Canada Big Day records by Stu Mackenzie
Monday November 5, 2012: Reverse Migration at Point Pelee � Ken Burrell
Monday December 3, 2012: Celebration of 25th Anniversary of BSG and Marketplace
Monday January 21, 2013: A Big Year by Josh Vandermeulen
Monday February 25, 2013 : Superstorm Sandy – Brandon Holden
Monday March 18, 2013: Birding with a Purpose: making your observations count with eBird by Mike Burrell
Monday April 15, 2013: Members' Night
Next Bird Study Group Meeting:
March 18, 2013
George Holland, 905-945-3962
Burlington Senior's Centre
2285 New Street, Burlington
Lots of free parking near the New Central Library.
for a Google Map to the Burlington Senior's Centre
The Bird Study Group meetings are normally held on the third Monday of the month.
Bird Study Group meetings normally feature reports of recent sightings, news of birding events, an Identification session focussing on birds which can be difficult to identify in the field, and a main program whose subject can be anything from a talk on bird skins to a slide show on the birds of a distant place.
If you are a beginning birder, come out to learn more about birds. If you are an experienced birder, come out to share your knowledge and enthusiasm.
Plovers at Sauble Beach
Above left: Tom Crooks at
the November 2007 Bird Study Group meeting, thanking Dennis and Gwen
Lewington for their recounting of the exciting nesting of Piping Plovers
at Sauble Beach this past spring, the first in 35 years.
Above right: Adult Piping Plover (Click on photos for
a larger image.)
Photos: Jim Heslop
20 Years !
Above left: members of the
original Bird Study Group who were present at the December 2006 meeting
to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the group. Pictured from left to
right (taken as a single row): Hazel Broker, Jim Cram, Kevin McLaughlin,
Doris Rundle, Bob Curry, Gwen Lewington, Dennis Lewington, George Naylor,
Barry Cherriere, Arlene McCaw, Rob Dobos, Frank Morley.
Above right: Mike Rowlands presents Arlene McCaw with
a copy of his recent compilation of Meeting Summaries of the first 20
years of the Bird Study Group. (Click on photos for a larger image.)
In 2006 HNC's Bird Study Group celebrated its 20th anniversary
this year. Bruce Duncan, inspiration of so many good things
within our community, called the first meeting in the fall of 1986,
and led the group for many years.
Obviously, this interest of the members of the club is a long-standing
and passionate one. Lois Evans, the second leader of the study group,
reminds us in her chapter in Birds of Hamilton that the HNC began
as the Bird Protection Society. Today, the Bird Study meetings gather
an average of a hundred members each month, as we share our interest
in Hamilton birds, explore world birding, and most importantly, study
the work of the ornithological community of Ontario.
The people in the photo (above left) were present at the first meetings.
They have been involved in many of the projects Hamilton birders undertake,
from hacking Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, to maintaining Eastern
Bluebird trails on the natural lands of the RBG.
In recent years, the program has been led first by George Drought,
then Glenda Slessor, followed by Arlene McCaw and today by George Holland.
With the dedicated group of HNC members, Mike Rowlands, Tom Crooks,
Frank Morley, Cheryl Edgecombe, Diane Green. and Arlene McCaw, who plan and run the
meetings, the Bird Study Group continues to meet the goals and vision
of its founder.
- Photos and text courtesy of Glenda Slessor
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