Bird-a-thon is back!
Each year, Richmond Audubon sponsors a Bird-a-Thon as one of our major fund raisers. Crack teams of intrepid birders criss-cross the state over a frantic 24 hour period of their choosing, identifying by sight and sound as many species as they can. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one of the teams to back and make a donation to show your support! Learn more about the participating teams, or make your donation here.
The May/June 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.
May 21st – Chicken Odyssey
Join us for “Our Chicken Odyssey”: A 2,500-mile circle around Denver in 10-days and a different motel every night, over 150 species, all in freezing weather. Long time Auduboners and local characters Bob Coles and Jerry Uhlman will give us the insider’s story, with great pictures and a pretty impressive bird list. See a preview in the latest Thrasher.
June 20th – Annual RAS Picnic
Nelda Snyder will host our annual picnic for the twenty-fourth consecutive year at her beautiful Varina home on Saturday, June 20th. Come by 8:00 am for the morning bird walk. Coffee will be ready and waiting for you. The rain date is Sunday, June 21st. Call Nelda at 795-1446 or 869-7588 Saturday after 7:00 am if in doubt. Bring your own meat to cook on the grills and a dish to share (four or more servings). We will eat around noon. RAS will provide drinks, ice, and utensils. Nelda will provide charcoal, picnic tables and chairs, and condiments. Children are welcome, but please leave your pets at home. Besides your food and binoculars, be sure to bring fishing gear and your swimsuit. Come join us for this RAS season finale.
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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