Sunday, January 3, 2016

Winter meeting schedule

Here's Grosse Pointe Audubon's Winter 2016 meeting schedule. Remember, we meet the fourth Monday of January and February to avoid conflicts with federal holidays.

Jan. 25: Lake Invaders: Invasive species and the fight for the future of the Great Lakes. Grosse Pointe Audubon's own Bill Rapai will do a program on invasive species--who they are, how they got here, the damage they are doing, and what we can do about them.

Feb. 22: A Macomb County Big Year.  In 2014, no fewer than TEN Macomb County birders checked off more than 200 species in their home county. Local legend Tom Heatley became the first (and only!) member of the 300 club, and the county big year record was shattered by two birders.  From Blue Grosbeaks to jaegers and other crazy surprises, join Tom Hince on the obsessive quest to break the county big year record.

March 21: To be announced. 

All meetings will be held in the annex behind Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17570 Maumee, Grosse Pointe. Social Hour starts at 7 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30. All meetings are free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Grosse Pointe Audubon Fall Calendar


Here is our meeting schedule for Fall 2015. I will be posing the Fall newsletter as soon as possible.

Sept. 21 — Rounding up: Recent discoveries of new species in Indonesia and China with Dr. Pamela Rasmussen. Only a few new species of birds are named for science worldwide each year, mostly from South America. But Michigan State University Integrative Biologist Pamela Rasmussen has been part of a team that has described 10 new Asian species and rediscovered three others in recent years. Find out more about the process of documentation of biodiversity in this talk.

Oct. 19 — Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Most conservationists want to work in pristine areas, and most urban areas are considered too degraded to rank high on conservation priority lists. But John Hartig, director of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, has learned what it takes to foster a conservation ethic in urban areas and to inspire and develop new urban conservationists.

Nov. 16 — Discovering the birds of Newfoundland. Grosse Pointe Audubon’s own Mike and Judy Florian will take you on a photographic journey of their trip to Newfoundland, July 2-8, 2014. The trip included the Avalon Peninsula plus Terra Nova National Park, the easternmost portions of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rules for the 2015 Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge

Join us on Tuesday, May 12, for the tenth 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!

The rules are pretty simple:

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 this year is the Eastern screech-owl.

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!