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.
The Sept/Oct 2014 Issue of the Thrasher is online.
Click here to download. This month's featured RAS photographer is Ellison Orcutt.
Upcoming Member Meeting Programs:
We meet at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy, Richmond. Please come and join us at 6:30 pm for pre-meeting coffee, cookies and conversations. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - The Reza’s Grand Adventure to Iceland
A few pictures and stories about Iceland to start off our RAS fall program meetings. Join Lou and Naseem Reza for a program about their trip out into the Atlantic to a land where the sun never seems to set and birds are ever present. As usual Naseem focused (no pun intended) on the birds while Lou took in the rugged scenery with her trusty Nikon. Seabirds, glaciers and waterfalls are
Iceland specialties that you will get to see and hear about.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Hummingbirds of the Mid-Atlantic Region
With Bruce Peterjohn, Chief of the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Thought you saw a hummingbird during the winter? You may have and it probably wasn’t a Ruby-throated. Gone are the days when the Ruby-throated Hummingbird was the only species of hummingbird found east of the Mississippi River, or when hummingbirds were believed to be only summer residents. The mid-Atlantic region supports a surprisingly diverse hummingbird community, especially during winter when species from western North America regularly appear in the east. Bruce Peterjohn will summarize our knowledge of the current status and distribution of hummingbirds in the Virginia-Maryland region, providing insights into their identification, life histories, and how these marvelous little birds are adapting to become regular winter residents in this region.
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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: email@example.com.