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Lake Erie Bird Club

Twenty-five members attended the November meeting conducted by Dr. Terry Mosher.

Members reported several sightings of birds at their feeders and other locations. Birds mentioned included a variety of sparrows — Fox, American Tree, Song, Chipping, White-crowned and White-throated. Other species mentioned included Eastern Towhee, Snow Bunting, Common Raven, Wild Turkey and Tundra Swan. Dr. Mosher reported a Little Gull and also a jaeger species (most likely a Parasitic) at the Dunkirk Harbor. Gale VerHague observed and photographed a LeConte’s Sparrow at the Dunkirk Airport.

Gale VerHague presented the program for the evening on the New York Breeding Bird Atlas III. She will serve as the Regional Coordinator for Northern Chautauqua County. The Atlas is a 5-year community science project to document where and when birds are breeding in New York State. From 2020-2024, NY BBA III will provide critical information on how New York’s birds are faring, informing management decisions and conservation efforts. Anyone from beginning to expert birders can participate.

Atlasing is really just observing bird behavior; something you probably do already. Simple behaviors like singing and nest building have a lot of meaning. Each time you go birding you’ll note the strongest breeding evidence you observe. Reporting behaviors every time you go birding provides information about when and where birds are breeding across the state. You will also get a glimpse into the daily lives of birds. Carol Hardenburg, Mary Shearman and Jane McMaster provided refreshments for the meeting.

All are welcome to attend the Monday, Dec. 16 meeting of the Lake Erie Bird Club at 7 p.m. at BOCES, Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia. Deb Lanni will present the program on bird block-printing. Everyone is asked to bring a small plate of cookies or snack.

For more information, call John and Bev Ruska at 679-9676.


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