Friday, October 29, 2010

Birding W-C presentation

Wednesday, Lynn and I were in the spotlight for a West Campus Brown Bag Lunch Presentation. "A Bird in the Hand is worth Two in the Bush - Why Bird Conservation at West Campus Matters"

Sue and Lynn with specimens from the collection, displayed for our audience.

We set up a slide show, narrating the photos as we progressed from Past, through Present, to Future. The historical overview of conservation and education efforts by Bayer employees from 2000 to 2006 was pretty enlightening to our small audience. I'll have to fill you in on this another time.

The core of our presentation took us through a full year of birding on the campus, spanning the seasons, habitats, food sources, nesting, migration and species surveys. We ended with some hopes for future conservation efforts, in the direction of providing nest boxes for two of the state's "species of special concern" - the American Kestrel and the Purple Martin.

After the presentation, Sue T. and Maureen explore the display of mounted specimens, study skins, field notebooks and equipment (while munching on sugar cookies - hummingbirds and owls).

So, we DID get some birding done this week, between bouts of preparing for our presentation.

Birds for the final week of October:
Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Common Raven
American Crow
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Gray Catbird
Black-capped Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Okay, that's thirty species for the week - with some pretty nice birds in the list. Fun to have good looks at both species of kinglets, ravens and the immature White-crowned Sparrow - unfortunately though, I also picked up one of the latter, dead.

Halloween is almost upon us and cooler weather is pushing in again. We certainly enjoyed this week's respite - with spring-like temperatures in the 70's! Next week - NOVEMBER!!!!!!!

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