Happy New Year from Grosse Pointe Audubon!
Here's our lineup for our winter/spring meetings:
Jan. 26—Michigan’s Mammals.
Join Matt Hackett of the Madison Heights Nature Center to explore the world of wild Michigan mammals. Be amazed at how many mammals are found locally—even in the cities of metropolitan Detroit. Some animals with a local taxidermy history will be shared. (Yes, the mounts themselves and their history.) Other visuals and anecdotes will provide clues of the mammals known to be at Friendship Woods in Madison Heights. Add to your knowledge of the furred and fancy of Southeastern Michigan! (This meeting will also feature the return of the dreaded quiz!)
Feb. 23—Jack Smiley of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy. More information to come ASAP.
March 16—Was that another LBJ?
Join Gary Siegrist “People for Wildlife Coordinator” from the Dahlem Conservancy and past president of Michigan Audubon and explore the confusing world of those nondescript native sparrows. Gary will try to make some sense of these little brown jobs that can be so difficult to identify. Helpful tips about their markings and songs will go along way toward your birding contentment.
April 20—"Costa Rica -- the Land of Pura Vida".
Ralph Gorton is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Lansing Community College. In addition to entomology, molecular biology and microbiology courses, Ralph also taught a "Biology in the Tropics" course and took students to Costa Rica on six occasions. His illustrated talk will introduce the amazing biodiversity, geography and history of this Central American wonderland.
As always, social hour starts at 7 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:30. All meetings are free and open to the public. If you haven't been to one of our meetings in a while, well, what's keeping you? We have an excellent assortment of desserts, good conversation and great speakers. Make a resolution in 2009 to attend a meeting!