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
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
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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