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With the coming of the new year, Jean has organized our speakers for the 2019 meetings. It looks to be a terrific year, with something for everyone.

Program #3 May 13 – Kim Brand, NC Audubon

 “Protecting Birds and the Places They Need:  Today and Tomorrow”

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Program #2 “Digital Birding:  Using Online and Electronic Resources to Find and Identify Birds”

Tim Carstens
Amy Boggan

A great program on technology programs that can assist with our birding. Thanks, Tim and Amy!

Amy: “If you have one take-away from our talk, let it be eBird. It’s free. It’s citizen science, and it helps with conservation efforts. Plus, it automatically creates a record of what you have seen and where (by country, state, county, or however you wish to view by day, month, year, or lifetime). Even if you don’t use a smart phone, you can enter your sightings on the eBird website at ebird.org. But we definitely recommend the eBird phone app as it makes tracking sightings easier in the field.”

Also, included were sites to assist with recognizing bird songs/calls; tools for identifying birds; and some sites to use when traveling. Just the nudge some of us may need to add to our use of technology when birding.

Program #1: “Of Birds and Bees:  Evaluating the Insect Apocalypse”

Feb.11, Speaker Kefyn Catley

Thanks to Kefyn Catley, our yearly programs are off to a great start. With his extensive background in arthropod research , Kefyn shared statistics that quickly brought our attention and concern to the changes being documented in insect populations around the world. Because insects provide a foundation for life on earth, their shrinking numbers will in time effect all other life forms. Our program coincided with several recent reports on the dramatic changes occurring in insect and bird populations. Kefyn was able to clarify and explain what these reports mean to us and what we can do to help slow this decline.


Program #4 June 10 – Dr. Olga Milenkaya, Young Harris College

“Bird Communication: Sound, Color and Dance”

Aug. 12 – Simon Thompson

TBA

Oct. 14 – Pam Higginbotham

TBA

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