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January Meeting

DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2020
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Strite Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 **NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION**

PROGRAM: Our Wonderful Wood Warblers by Bob Schamerhorn
Warblers are amongst our smallest, yet most brilliantly colored avian visitors. Most of these birds are only present in the Commonwealth for brief periods, during their spring and fall migrations, while a few reside and breed in the state. Many of our native Virginia species are represented in this presentation by professional photographer Bob Schamerhorn. Many warblers have entirely different plumages at different times of the year making them difficult to differentiate. Learn about identification of this diverse group of birds by sight, sound, season, and habitat. Or just sit and enjoy their sound and beauty. Bob, a Virginia native, has had a passion for both the outdoors and art since childhood. 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. Check out Bob’s website.

December Meeting

DATE: Thursday, December 5, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Strite Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 **NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION**

PROGRAM: Migration monitoring of Northern Saw-whet Owls – the history and growth of Project Owlnet, with David Brinker
Although seldom seen, Northern Saw-whet Owls are a relatively common breeding bird across the northern U.S and in the boreal forests of Canada. Since they are so difficult to observe and detect, until recently little was known about this captivating little owl. Project Owlnet was started in 1994 to expand the banding effort focused on netting migrant owls, principally saw-whet owls. Each year Project Owlnet affiliates band thousands of Northern Saw-whet owls, now the most often banded owl in North America, including Clair Mellinger’s station here in northwest Rockingham, at Highland Retreat.
A regional ecologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Program since 1990, Dave works on biodiversity conservation. He began banding raptors at the Little Suamico Ornithological Station in 1975 and has been banding Northern Saw-whet Owls in Maryland since 1986, and at Assateague Island since 1991.
Project SNOWSTORM – Snowy Owl research
Secrets of the Snowy Owl – the story of Baltimore