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October 2020

October Meeting via Zoom!: Gary Lee – “Birds that have Moved North with Climate Change, and Boreal Birds that have Gone Off the Radar During the Same Time”

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Gary Lee at a field banding site

Gary N. Lee, a former forest ranger and long-time resident birder from Inlet, NY, in the Adirondacks, will present on “Birds that have moved north with climate change, and boreal birds that have gone off the radar during the same time.” –Just in time for some fall birding!

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November 2020

November Meeting via Zoom!: Rick Wright – “A Field Guide to the Toucans of Europe “

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Rick Wright

Join Rick Wright for an amusing and richly illustrated tour through the earliest literature of the toucans, aracaris, and other big-nosed birds of the American tropics.

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December 2020

December Meeting via Zoom!: Ken Rosenberg – “3 Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It”

December 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Ken Rosenberg

In 2019, a landmark publication in Science documented the loss of 3 billion birds from the North American avifauna over the past 50 years. Lead author Ken Rosenberg will describe the scientific results of this study, the unprecedented attention it received in the media and the public, and efforts over the past year to respond to this loss and bring back the birds.

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January 2021

January Meeting via Zoom!: Laura Erickson – “The Love Lives of Birds”

January 16 @ 6:30 pm
Laura Erickson

Laura Erickson will talk about how courtship, mating, and parenting vary wildly among different birds, from the lifelong devotion of American Crows to the dalliances of Eastern Bluebirds, from Bald Eagles’ focus on home improvements to the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s Rosie the Riveter’s lifestyle.

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February 2021

February Meeting via Zoom!: Allan Strong – “Conserving Grassland Birds in Agricultural Landscapes”

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY

Grassland birds show some of the most dramatic population declines in North America as a result of habitat loss and intensive agricultural management. Allan Strong has studied Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in the dairy country of Vermont’s Champlain Valley since 2002.

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March 2021

March Meeting via Zoom!: Matt Young – “From Finches to FiRN (the Finch Research Network)”

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY
Matt Young

Many area birders have been fortunate and delighted to observe Common Redpolls, as well as a sprinkling of other winter finches this season; colorful visitors from the North.

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April 2021

April Meeting via Zoom!: Alicia Rae Brunner, Cornell University – “Findings on Migratory Bird Behavior Under a Changing Climate”

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY

Alicia Rae Brunner will first talk about her Masters project, in which she studied Swainson's Warbler winter ecology in Jamaica and demonstrated how individuals modified their space use in response to rainfall change throughout the nonbreeding season.

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May 2021

May Meeting via Zoom!: Nathan Pieplow – “Hearing Evolution”

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY
Nathan Pieplow

Over the past two decades, DNA studies have radically restructured the bird family tree. Now ducks and chickens are together at the front of the field guide; falcons have landed next to parrots; our tanagers are grosbeaks; our seedeater is a tanager!

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September 2021

September Meeting: Faraaz Abdool – “Birding the Wildest Islands of the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago)”

September 9 @ 7:00 pm
Faraaz Abdool

Hello RBAers!

We hope you all have enjoyed your summer.  RBA will have our first meeting since May on September 9, 2021 at 7 pm.  As of this writing (Aug. 7), we do not know if we will be meeting in person or continue on Zoom (email notification to come later). 

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October 2021

October Meeting: Alvaro Jaramillo – “Birding Fast and Slow”

October 14 @ 7:00 pm
Alberto Jaramillo

Alvaro Jaramillo takes a slightly different approach than many others to birding and the birding tours he leads. While he wants his clients to see the important birds of the area, he does not want to just tick them off a list, he also wants people to learn something about the birds they see, to take the time to appreciate them, and the area in which they are found.

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