The September/October 2015 Issue of the Thrasher is online.
Click here to download (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required).
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
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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