The Jan/Feb 2015 Issue of the Thrasher is online.
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Upcoming Member Meeting Programs:
January 15 – Conservation through Legislation Awareness and Action
The Virginia Conservation Network - VCN - is a network of more than 150 organizations committed to protecting Virginia's natural resources. Join us on January 15 to learn from Jacob Powell, VCN’s Executive Director, about the 2015 Virginia General Assembly and policies and legislation. The January program will be on Thursday, January 15th at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Custis Road. The program begins at 7:00 pm. with coffee and dessert starting at 6:30 pm
February 19 – Prothonotary Warblers and Build-a-Nest Box
Master bird bander Bob Reilly and some of his folks involved in the Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Study will give us an update on their activities at Dutch Gap. AND to help these “Golden Swamp Warblers” when they return to Dutch Gap this spring to breed, we will have a chance to assemble some nest boxes to be used in the study – replacements boxes for ones damaged or lost over the winter. RAS will have box parts pre-cut and have tools and appropriate hardware on hand at the meeting. We’ll ask you to help defray the costs of materials by making a $15 donation. And then the fun part…we’ll be using our time and talents to assemble the boxes. The February program will be on Thursday, February 19th at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Custis Road. The program begins at 7:00 pm with coffee and dessert starting at 6:30 pm.
Mark your calendar for March 19th.
Gary Langham, National Audubon’s VP and Chief Scientist will give us an update 6-months after the launch of Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report.
New - Guide to Gulls of the Richmond Area
Find out more about our fascinating local gulls with identification tips and photos from RAS's very own Arun Bose.
A Young Birder Shares His Experience at Audubon's Hog Island Camp
Teen birder, Gabriel Mapel, shares his recent experience visiting Hog Island in a letter to RAS. Click here to read the full letter.
Prothonotary Warbler Program Data Available
At the February 2013 membership meeting, members of Richmond Audubon built 28 replacement Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes for the long term conservation project currently run by Bob Reilly and members of the VCU biology department, with help from Richmond Audubon volunteers. We put our names or initials on the boxes we built, and Bob has provided the following report on the outcomes for those boxes over the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons. Bob reports that six additional boxes will need their location verified at the start of the 2015 season before results are available on them.
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