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The September/October 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.

September 17 – Birds and adventure in Northern Ecuador - Andes to the Amazon basin

Audubon meetings start out with a bang this September! Chris Ludwig, chief Biologist at the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, will present: Birds and adventure in Northern Ecuador - Andes to the Amazon basin. Over 1600 species of birds are known from Ecuador, a tiny South American country smaller than the state of Arizona. This travel log chronicles Chris’ trip, along with his wife Jolie, and will provide a photographic tour of northern Ecuador with accounts of antpittas, cotingas, jacamars, and other exotic warm and coldblooded creatures of this incredibly bio-diverse region. Please join us and learn more!

October 15 – American Kestrel Nesting Box Project

Our October program will be a presentation about the American Kestrel Nesting Box Project, given by Patti Reum of Highland County and Dan Bieker of Albemarle County. Both Patti and Dan are board members of the VSO and serve on the Conservation Committee. The kestrel has shown population decreases due to loss of habitat, loss of nesting cavities, and use of pesticides on agricultural fields. The Project’s goal is to provide nesting boxes in suitable habitat where kestrels are found throughout Virginia. Come learn about the project and about the habitat and biology of this fascinating and valuable species. Also hear about the monitoring program just started this year to keep track of the nesting success of kestrels using our boxes.

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. 




Come Join Us…

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:


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