2017 offered great speakers for the Franklin Bird Club.  As always, Jean worked hard arranging for speakers and she gathered guests who spoke on a variety of topics–something for everyone!

October 16 
Thank you to Dennis Desmond of Mainspring for presenting our final meeting of the year.  “Partners in Flight’s 2016 Landbird Conservation Plan” provided facts about the decline in U.S. and Canadian bird populations, probable causes and how scientists are tracking environmental changes as they effect land birds.
Dennis explained the structure behind PIF’s Species of Continental Concern Watch List, with a focus on the Appalachian Mountain region.  The Plan’s strategies for keeping common birds common and helping species at risk will also be presented.

August 21 

Many thanks to Ed and Cindy for sharing their amazing photos and videos.  They are always able to provide us with such an intimate view of the birds that they feature.

  “Adventures on the Equator” by Ed and Cindy Boos.

 During the month of August, The Franklin Bird Club, in cooperation with the Macon County Public Library, will present the photo/video exhibit “Adventures on the Equator: Wildlife of Ecuador and Kenya.”

Ed and Cindy, who reside in Macon County, have traveled to many locations to photograph wildlife with an emphasis on capturing wildlife behavior.   Ed’s specialty is still photography while Cindy’s is video.  They have presented a variety of wildlife programs in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  Ed’s photos have been published in the “Birds and Blooms” as well as other publications.

An exhibit of their photographs will be on display at the Macon County Library during the month of August.

June 19

What a trip!  Thanks to Barbara and Bob for taking us along.  Wonderful photos!

“Birding in Belize” by Barbara McRae and Bob Gilbert.

“Chan Chich is a laid-back resort in a vast, semi-tropical forest in the interior of Belize. Situated on the ruins of a Mayan village, it affords glimpses of a lost civilization as well as an introduction to the abundant wildlife of Central America. In February, when the group visited, migrants from North America were sharing the space with native species like the Mot-Mot and Toucan. Monkeys romped through the treetops, colorful butterflies fluttered on tropical flowers, parrots called overhead. The setting and the friendly, obliging local people made this a little paradise on earth for the Franklin party and the friends who accompanied them.”

May 15

Thanks to Jim, Ellen and Tim for a great presentation.  Lots of tips on birding and on purchasing birding guides and equipment.  A chance to have many questions answered.

“How to Be a Better Birder” Panel discussion with Jim & Ellen Shelton, Tim Carstens and other FBC members.

March 20

Thanks to Romney for sharing her adventures and sights in Indonesia.

“Hello Mister! An Indonesian Birding Adventure” by Romney Bathurst

International birder, Romney spent 10 weeks in Indonesia last fall, and returned with photos and insights about both the country and the birds. During the course of her trip, Bathurst visited 17 islands, loaded with island endemics and seldom seen species. She describes her trip as having forged a new meaning for “remote”, as there was plenty of adventure as well as gorgeous birds. Among her favorites are the incredibly colorful fruit doves and kingfishers and some unusually primitive birds as well.

February 20

Many thanks to Barbara Duncan for a facinating and informative look at this aspect of Cherokee culture.

“Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan.

“Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths,” looked at birds of the southern Appalachians and their place in Cherokee myths and legends. The habits and appearance of birds were closely observed by the Cherokee and are an important part of their traditional mythology, which dates back thousands of years. Myths and legends include the creation of the mountains by the wings of the great buzzard, the origin of the stickball game when the animals were defeated by the birds, and legends of the hummingbird, kingfisher, pileated woodpecker, crane, and more.




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