Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon Society

A Northern Westchester & Eastern Putnam Counties, New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Celebrating Over 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2014

Explore Nature, Learn About Birds, Organic Gardening,
Native Plants, Invasives & More

Free Lecture Large-scale Movement & Migration Patterns of Northern Saw-whet Owls

by Dr. Glenn Proudfoot
Wednesday, September 10
Refreshments served at 7 pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm
Meeting Room at the Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Road, Katonah

Join us for the first of our 2015 Monthly Lecture Series! Please bring your reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint!

Dr. Proudfoot will speak about Northern Saw-whet Owl migration patterns and the efficacy and limitations of bird banding as a tool for studying species-wide migration patterns. He will also address blood parasites and stress in migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Glenn and his team have used band recovery data compiled by the United States Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland with Geographic Information System analysis to examine movements of the Northern Saw-Whet Owl across eastern North America. They compared banding-to-recovery distances of males, females, juveniles, and adults that were recovered in the same banding year (demonstrating migration directionality) or the following banding year (demonstrating site/migration route fidelity).

Glenn is a Visiting Scholar & Assistant Professor at Vassar College, and Research Associate at Mohonk Preserve. He received his Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University for his work on phylogeography of the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Glenn has been chasing birds of prey for 40 years, concentrating on owl research for the past 20 years.

Glenn's list of more than 30 publications in scientific journals crosses interdisciplinary boundaries in Ornithology, Entomology, Parasitology, and Population Genetics.

Join us for three special workshops in August and September, celebrating the natural wonders of our community!

Dragons & Damsels Workshop
Friday, August 22, 12pm to 4pm

Did you know that dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world? Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson will lead an intensive workshop on the natural history and identification of our local dragonflies and damselflies.

Skill level: All skill levels welcome! Ages 12 and up, all minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Physical difficulty: Easy.

Please bring: Binoculars, ideally close-focusing ones. If you do not have your own binoculars, we may be able to lend you some but please consult with Tait at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.232.1999 before registering. Please also bring a pen or pencil and notebook, sunscreen, water, and lunch or a snack if you’d like.

Cost: Price includes “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East”-- Members $40, and non-Members $55 (and we’ll credit $15 towards your $30 annual Membership if you join the day of the workshop).

Pre-registration is required: Please register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801 before August 19 (registrants after August 19 may not receive the books in time for the session). Your workshop fee may be mailed to Bedford Audubon Society, 35 Todd Rd., Katonah, NY 10536.

Butterflies Through Binoculars Workshop
Sunday, August 24, 10am to 2pm

Did our June butterfly lecture leave you thirsting for more? Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson for an afternoon learning to identify our local butterflies at Bylane Farm. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch some of Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars and spot their chrysalises! This species is new for Bylane.

Skill level: All skill levels welcome! Ages 12 and up, all minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Physical difficulty: Easy.

Please bring: Binoculars, ideally close-focusing ones. If you do not have your own binoculars, we may be able to lend you some but please consult with Tait at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.232.1999 before registering. Please also bring a pen or pencil and notebook, sunscreen, water, and lunch or a snack.

Cost: Price includes “Butterflies Through Binoculars”-- Members $40, and non-Members $55 (and we’ll credit $15 towards your $30 annual Membership if you join the day of the workshop).

Pre-registration is required: Please register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801 before August 19 (registrants after August 19 may not receive the books in time for the session). Your workshop fee may be mailed to Bedford Audubon Society, 35 Todd Rd., Katonah, NY 10536.

Raptor Identification Workshop
Sunday, September 14, 8am-12pm

Sharpen your raptor identification skills before peak migration begins! This workshop, led by Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist and veteran hawkwatcher Tait Johansson will prepare you for the season. The workshop starts with a classroom session at Bylane Farm at 8am, and then moves to our Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary at 9:30am.

Skill level: Beginning raptor enthusiasts and more experienced hawkwatchers alike will benefit from this workshop. Ages 12 and up, all minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Physical difficulty: Moderate. The walk from the parking lot at Arthur Butler Sanctuary to the Hawkwatch platform is uphill and takes approximately 15 minutes.

Please bring: Binoculars, if you do not have your own binoculars, we may be able to lend you some but please consult with Tait at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.232.1999 before registering. Please also bring a pen or pencil and notebook, water, and sunscreen.

Cost: Price includes 2 books “Hawks from Every Angle” and “Hawks at a Distance”-- Members $40, and non-Members $55 (and we’ll credit $15 towards your $30 annual Membership if you join the day of the workshop).

Pre-registration is required: Please register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801 before September 5 (registrants after September 5 may not receive the books in time for the session). Your workshop fee may be mailed to Bedford Audubon Society, 35 Todd Rd., Katonah, NY 10536.

Calling All Volunteers!

Bedford Audubon Society needs a few good men and women…to volunteer! Whether your passion is gardening, trail maintenance, education, fundraising, or writing, we have an opportunity just for you. Volunteers make a wonderful contribution to our success, and we couldn't have made it this far without the time and energy of numerous individuals. If you're interested in volunteering, please call Janelle at 914-232-1999 or fill out this application

*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).

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Bedford Audubon Society's headquarters are located at:
    Bylane Farm
    35 Todd Road
    Katonah, New York 10536
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