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October 2021 Meeting

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Virtual via Zoom

PROGRAM: Setting the Record: The Virginia Big Year with Wes Teets

How many birds can one person see in Virginia in one calendar year? In 2020, Wes Teets set a new record. Learn about the journey from Wes with his strategies, experiences, and challenges. Wes has lived in Virginia all his life with 15 years in Northern Virginia, 12 in the Roanoke Valley, and 6 in the Richmond area. He received his bachelor’s from Longwood University, and his Master’s from VCU, where he currently works. He has been birding seriously for over 13 years and is currently the field trips chair for the Richmond Audubon Society.

September 2021 Meeting

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Virtual via Zoom

PROGRAM: Raptor Migration at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch with Vic Laubach

How do you define “raptor” and what is “migration?” Vic will take us up in the air and across the continent to learn more about these incredible species. Then he will take us into the history and data for a hawk watch with some specifics about Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, our local spot for raptor migration at Afton just off I-64/Rt 250. We will learn more about each of our raptor species for identification, migration, and population status.
Vic is originally from central Pennsylvania with a B.Sci. in biology (Penn State University) and a Ph.D. in genetics (George Washington University). He is a life-long birder, a hawk-watcher for over 20 years, and is the Coordinator at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch since 2016. Vic started with the University of Virginia in 1996 and he currently is a tenured professor conducting research on acute lung injury and lung transplantation. He has lived in Waynesboro since 2002 and loves birding in the Valley all year long!

May 2021 Meeting

DATE: Thursday, May 6, 2021
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Virtual via Zoom

PROGRAM: Election of officers for next year.

April 2021 Meeting

DATE: Thursday, April 1, 2021
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Virtual via Zoom

PROGRAM: In Search of the Great Gray Owl presented by Kyle Dudgeon
Of all the birds and wildlife that call the forests and mountains of Montana home, one species in particular leaves an impression – the Great Gray Owl. Join us as Kyle takes us through his experiences with dozens of Great Gray Owls over two years in Montana, as well as the story of protecting a nest from logging interests. Kyle Dudgeon is a 23-year-old nature photographer and writer based in Bozeman, Montana. He spent several weeks studying, photographing, and advocating for a family of owls in the Bridger Mountains.
A New York native, photography has led Kyle’s journeys across North America, capturing wild moments in incredible places. With his photographs and writing, Kyle strives to share the power and emotion that the natural world possesses, to encourage conservation of species and environments at risk. In 2019, Kyle Dudgeon Creative was founded on an idea to translate a passion for wild things and wild places into visual storytelling. A project involving Great Gray Owls in Montana was Kyle’s first foray into what he hopes will be a long career in conservation.

March 2021 Meeting

DATE: Thursday, March 4, 2021
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Virtual via Zoom

PROGRAM: Web-footed Waterbirds presented by Bob Schamerhorn
As our seasons pass, the winter brings an amazing assortment of water birds into our lakes, rivers and wetlands. This program shows that diversity in all their splendor. Includes all of our wintering Ducks, Mergansers, Geese, Swans, as well as our resident waterfowl and more. Enjoy the beauty of this diverse group of birds and see what makes each species unique. Bob is a Virginia native, who has had a passion for both the outdoors and art since childhood. In his youth, participation with several nature and birding organizations nurtured his enthusiasm. After high school, he studied Art and Design at Virginia Tech and has worked in art related fields ever since. Photography is an extension of the skills he uses in his vocation as a graphic artist. Advances in digital technology enticed his reconnection with nature photography. Since then, he has been blessed with many opportunities to capture and share nature’s beauty and to improve his photography skills technically. National Award Winning Photography by Bob Schamerhorn