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If you had to select two words to characterize Australian birds, they might be strange and beautiful. There are bird families that have spectacular colors, some that have ancient origins, and others with unusual behaviors. The varied habitats and geological history of Australia resulted in a diversified bird population that has a high percentage of endemic species. Dominic will focus on selected families of birds or individual species and present their uniqueness and, in some cases, their unusual lifestyles.

Dominic Sherony was born and grew up in northern Illinois and attended University of Detroit and Illinois Institute of Technology, completing degrees in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Xerox Corporation for 31 years after graduate school. In that period, he took up bird watching as a hobby in 1972 and has been an active birder since, especially after his retirement. Dominic has many and varied interests in birding including leading local trips. He was a member of the New York State Avian Records Committee for eleven years, and was a region co-coordinator with Robert Spahn for the NYS 2000 breeding bird atlas. Dominic has written numerous papers about birds, has volunteered at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, volunteers presently at HANA, enjoys the challenge of photographing birds, and occasionally give talks.

Look for the Zoom link in your email a few days prior to the meeting. The Zoom Room will open at 6:45 PM.  Don’t wait until the last minute to sign on, you might be left out!

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