The Grosse Pointe Audubon meeting schedule is set for the winter/spring of 2010. Here's the lineup:
Jan. 25—Richard Wolinski presents, "Purple Martin Life History and Managing Purple Martin Colonies." This program is an introduction to how the martin makes its living while on the wing in North America. Wolinski will discuss the martin's travels, foraging behavior, nesting habits, and how humans and martins interact. Basic information on attracting and keeping martins is provided for those attempting to attract martins for the first time and those wishing to grow their colonies and manage them more effectively.
Feb. 22—"The Uncommon Loon." Jeff Lange, all the way from Petoskey, filmed and produced a film that follows a northern Michigan loon family throughout the nesting season. Jeff will narrate the film and answer questions afterward.
March 15—Mike Fitzpatrick presents, “A Closer Look at Whitefish Point.”
April 19—Pamela Rasmussen, curator of mammalogy and ornithology at Michigan State University Museum, with a program to be announced. Even though this sounds vague, this is a program not to be missed. Rasmussen is a heavyweight in the world of ornithology. She's an expert on the birds of southern Asia, but more importantly she is a first-class sleuth, whose skills helped expose one of the biggest ornithological frauds of the 20th century.
And plan now to attend our annual field trip to Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden, Mich., on Saturday, May 8. Your dues helped to pay for the $1.8 million expansion of the Seven Ponds Nature Center's Interpretive Building, and the staff at the center is eager to show it off and say thank you.