Lake Erie Bird Club meets Monday

The Lake Erie Bird Club will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at 9520 Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia. Mark Baldwin will present the program: North Meets South — How the Portage Escarpment Affects Birds.

The sharp boundary between the northwest fringe of the Allegheny Plateau and the Lake Erie Plain, known as the Portage Escarpment, is one of the defining features of this region.

An overview and discussion of its origins in geologic history and its effects on birds, especially migration corridors and how contrasting microclimates only a few miles apart can favor northern and southern species. All are welcome to attend.

Twenty-two members attended the March meeting and shared recent bird sightings, including Cedar Waxwing, Snow Geese, Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans, Killdeer, Fox Sparrow, and also a very rare Smith Longspur discovered by Gale VerHague at the Dunkirk Airport.

Members were encouraged to participate in the annual Buffalo Ornithological Society count in April. Jack Gulvin and John Ruska presented the evening program about Purple Martins.

Gulvin has been managing the Purple Martin houses at Chautauqua Institution for 16 years or more. He provided much information about Purple Martins, including their migration to Brazil where they spend the winter and their return north in the spring. He also discussed what they eat and caring for the Purple Martin houses, such as the ones located at Chautauqua Institution. John and Bev Ruska maintain a Purple Martin house by the DEC building in Dunkirk. Janet and Harry Centner provided refreshments for the meeting.

For information about the Lake Erie Bird Club call John and Bev Ruska at 679-9676.