Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Grosse Pointe Audubon Winter 2020 Newsletter

Here's the Winter 2020 newsletter:

Winter 2020 Grosse Pointe Audubon Newsletter by BRapai2213 on Scribd

Friday, December 13, 2019

Winter Meeting Schedule

Grosse Pointe Audubon Winter 2020 Meeting Schedule

Jan. 27— An American Icon: Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands
America’s red rock wilderness is the largest network of undesignated wilderness lands remaining in the lower 48 states. Today their wild character is threatened by oil and gas developments and damage from off-road vehicles. Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will tell us about efforts to ensure these wild places stay wild.

Feb. 24—Birding High Island
Mark O’Keefe and grandson Peter Moe will be presenting a program about spring birding in High Island, Texas. Mark and Peter have spent the last two Easter weekends in High Island getting an early start on spring migration. More than 2 billion birds migrate through the Texas Gulf Coast from mid March to late May. It's a great place to see all the birds species that will migrate to Michigan as well as some Southern and western specialties.

March 16—Preventing bird window deaths
Millions of birds in North America fatally strike windows each year. Strikes can occur on any building type--from single family homes to large towers. Nick Liadis, a research fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, will tell us why birds strike windows and how we can design buildings to help birds safely navigate through cities.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fall 2019 meeting schedule

All meetings are held in the Annex behind the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee in Grosse Pointe between St. Clair and Neff. Social hour starts at 7 p.m.; meeting starts at 7:30. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Sept. 16—Owls in our Culture
Birders know how tough it is to see owls in their natural habitat. But what most of us don’t realize is how many owls are hidden in our everyday lives. Possibly no other animal is as represented in our culture as often as owls. Educator Jaime Platt will explore the origins and cultural meanings behind these flying icons. 

Oct. 21—Birdwatcher’s Paradise in Panama
Few places in the world offer a wide variety of natural habitats in a small area. Within its mere 29,159 square miles, Panama has habitats that range from dry “deserts” to lush tropical rainforests and mountain cloud forests. Those widely varying habitats support more than 970 species of birds. Mike and Judy Florian share their birding trip to Panama that included an extension to the Darien. 

Nov. 18—Like Father, Like Son: The Autobiography of a Birder
Ray Stocking, a former Grosse Pointer who now lives in Ann Arbor, shares the story of his unusual introduction to bird watching some 25 years ago. During his senior year in college, Ray's father, Jerome, asked Ray to join him in an overnight birding trip that would alter Ray’s world forever. Ray’s presentation includes 25 years of father-and-son birding, some of their hundreds of life birds, travels near and far, and the day when father and son reversed their roles.

Grosse Pointe Audubon's Fall 2019 newsletter

Fall 2019 Newsletter by William Rapai on Scribd

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rules for the 2019 Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge

Join us on Monday, May 6, for the 14th annual Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge. Teams from each of the five Grosse Pointes will be spreading out across their communities to count as many bird species as possible. The team that gets the most points at the end of the competition wins!

Please note: There is a significant rule change for this year's challenge!

1. The competition starts anytime after midnight.

2. You are not restricted to the city you live in, but there is only one team per community. Just let Challenge Commissioner Mark O'Keefe know which city you plan to bird in advance. If you decide to become the Shores team, you will be able to bird the Ford House.

3. We're on the honor system. Nevertheless, claims of extremely rare birds will likely be challenged by the other competitors. You may be asked to provide proof.

4. The bonus bird has been eliminated. Now to goal is to find a list-buster. Find one and get a bonus! (A species will be considered a "list buster" if it's not on the official challenge checklist.

5. Meet at Panera Bread in the Village in Grosse Pointe at noon sharp to tabulate. Each team will receive one point for every species it sees. The bonus bird is worth five points.

6. Be on time for the tabulation. One point will be deducted for each minute you are late.

7. All decisions of the Commissioner of the Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge are final and are not reviewable by a court of law or a congressional committee.

Non-Grosse Pointe residents are welcome. Contact Grosse Pointe Audubon president Bill Rapai for more information.

Good luck!