The July/August 2015 Issue of the Thrasher is online.
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Upcoming Member Meeting Programs:
Unless otherwise stated below, member programs begin at 7:00 pm with coffee and dessert starting at 6:30 pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Custis Road.
June 20th – Annual RAS Picnic
Nelda Snyder will host our annual picnic for the twenty-fourth consecutive year at her beautiful Varina home on Saturday, June 20th. Come by 8:00 am for the morning bird walk. Coffee will be ready and waiting for you. The rain date is Sunday, June 21st. Call Nelda at 795-1446 or 869-7588 Saturday after 7:00 am if in doubt. Bring your own meat to cook on the grills and a dish to share (four or more servings). We will eat around noon. RAS will provide drinks, ice, and utensils. Nelda will provide charcoal, picnic tables and chairs, and condiments. Children are welcome, but please leave your pets at home. Besides your food and binoculars, be sure to bring fishing gear and your swimsuit. Come join us for this RAS season finale.
Looking forward to September 17th
We will have Chris Ludwig, the Chief Biologist at the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, as a speaker and he'll share with us Birds and adventure in Northern Ecuador - Andes to the Amazon basin. Richmond Audubon has no member meetings in June, July or August. We look forward to seeing you on September 17th!
RAS helps home-schoolers appreciate birds
A group of 18 home-schoolers from Hanover completed a CBC mural on December 9, 2014 that was displayed at the Ashland Public Library through January, 2015.
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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