The Nov/Dec 2014 Issue of the Thrasher is online.
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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, November 20, 2014 - RAS Annual Pot Luck
It’s that time of year again: The Richmond Audubon November pot luck dinner and story-sharing! For this special meal, we’ll provide turkey and ham and you can bring a dish to share. Be creative, bring your favorite family Thanksgiving dish, or try out something new! Please label your dishes and let us know what’s in the dish you bring. We each help provide the program by picking out 3 – 5 pictures and sending them to Lewis Barnett (email@example.com ). He’ll put them all together and we can each share the story to go along with our pictures. No pictures? but you have a story to share? Let us know and we’ll add your name to the agenda, too. The number of folks who have shared has grown each year; please “show and tell” your story & pictures.
December, 2014 - No Scheduled Program
Remember that we do NOT have a December RAS Program. Consider participating in the Hopewell Christmas Bird Count on Sunday December 14th. And, looking forward, mark your calendar for Thursday, January 21, 2015. RAS is planning an evening where we focus on environmental issues before our legislators in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly. More information will be available in the January/February Thrasher.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.