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Happy New Year! The January/February 2016 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.

January 21 – Find Your Inner Advocate

RAS welcomes Connie Mahan, Director, Grassroots Outreach, National Audubon Society. We all know how to advocate for the things we want, from our birthday wish list to negotiations with friends and family. Yet many Audubon chapters and chapter leaders are uncomfortable with advocating for bird conservation and habitat protection. Advocacy is part of Audubon’s early rich history and it’s easier than you think. We’ll explore what it really means to be an advocate for the environment and how you can make even small efforts count in the big picture. Learn about what to expect in the coming year at both the state and national level. Hear more about how we are taking a new look at the Audubon Network. That includes our collective role as advocates for birds and wildlife, as well as the kinds of investments National Audubon Society could make to build capacity to be more effective when it comes to advocating for the things we hold most dear — be it at the local, state or national level.

February 18 – The Christmas Bird Count

From December 14 through January 5 each year, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For 116 years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to go out and count birds on the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Please join RAS's Arun Bose to learn more about the Christmas Bird Count. Since 2005, Arun has served as the compiler of the Hopewell CBC, the count circle begun by Fred Scott and RAS in the 1960's. Learn more about the history of Christmas Bird Counts, the Hopewell count and them so fun to participate in.

RAS helps home-schoolers appreciate birds

Photo of CBC mural

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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You are invited to join this active organization in our appreciation of birds. We offer frequent bird watching field trips, monthly members meetings and an array of bird related resources, plus local bird news articles. We welcome everyone who has an interest in our feathered friends, from the casual back yard birders and kids, to life-long birding veterans. All RAS sponsored events are open to both members and non-members and are usually free; visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate.

A Richmond Audubon Society chapter membership includes automatic membership in the National Audubon Society, a subscription to "Audubon" magazine a bimonthly national publication, our local "Thrasher" newsletter (now available online), chapter meetings, and activities, volunteer opportunities available through an array of active RAS committees, Important Bird Areas (IBAs) support, youth outreach, fund raising, annual picnic, annual pot luck dinner, free email connection the RAS Listserv (sign-up required).

The Richmond Audubon Society's newsletter "The Thrasher" is now available online, plus archives of back issues. Use the search page to find the information you are looking for quickly. Visit the all new RAS Kids Corner and Members Area, then see "For The Birds" for a wide array of birding tools from housing and feeder maintenance to photography tips. Please contact us with your suggestion and comments or Email us at: info@richmondaudubon.org.

 

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