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May 2020

Virtual Backyard Birding Seminar – May 21 @ 7:00pm

May 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blackburnian Warbler - Firehouse Woods - © Jeanne Verhulst - May 25, 2016

Join the Rochester Birding Association for an Online Seminar this Thursday via Zoom.  This month our topic will be Backyard Birds, and how to attract them to your yard. 

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September 2020

September Meeting via Zoom!: Jean Iron – “The Nature of Arctic Birds “

September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Jean Iron

Arctic birds have a special attraction for birders and are amongst our most sought-after species. In this presentation, Jean will take us north to look at birds whose exceptional endurance and lifestyle are determined by the relentless forces of nature.

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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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