Friday, September 14, 2012

Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Autumn programs

Next Thursday is the first Autumn evening program held at the Lichfield Villa, of three exciting presentations.

The dates are September 20th, October 4th ,and November 1st. Check out the details below which are also on our BBC website calendar page on

Thursday, September 20th, 6:30 P.M.

Great Gull Island Project

Presenter: Helen Hayes, Director, Great Gull Island Project, Department of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History

Ms. Hays discusses this island project managed for tern species— namely Common and Roseate—and the importance of monitoring tern populations at this critical 17 acre haven in Block Island Sound, in operation since 1969.

From the Great Gull Island website: The Great Gull Island project is a monitoring study of Common and Roseate Terns nesting on Great Gull Island. Recently it has been expanded to include surveys of the South American coast to determine where numbers of both species spend the non breeding season. Great Gull Island (41°12'N 72°17'W ), 17 acres (6.9 ha), lies at the eastern end of Long Island Sound, NY, USA. The former site of an army fort, its overgrown battlements are now defended by the largest concentration of nesting Common Terns in the world (9,500 pairs). The boulders dumped around the edge of the island to stabilize the shoreline, as well as some of the retaining walls of the fort, offer nesting sites for 1300 pairs of Roseate Terns, the largest nesting concentration of this endangered species in the Western Hemisphere.


Thursday, October 4th, 6:30 P.M.

Hessians, Apaches, and Sioux: Discovering the American Sparrows

Presenter: Rick Wright, senior leader of WINGS Tours

Nowadays, we think of sparrowing as a gentle business, conducted on quiet, frosty mornings of contemplation and study. But it wasn't always that way. The annals of American ornithology are full of tales of daring and danger in the pursuit of new little brown birds. Join Rick Wright to learn more about the surprising discoveries of some of our most familiar birds.



Thursday, November 1st, 6:30 P.M.

Discovering Cuba

Presenter: Elliotte Rusty Harold

Cuba is the largest, best preserved, and perhaps least well-known island in the Caribbean, at least to U.S. birders. Native avifauna include over 300 species including 25 endemics and 17 endangered species. In March 2012 Elliotte Harold visited Cuba for two weeks with the National Audubon Society. He'll recount that trip, and talk about the birds, people, culture, environment and economy of Cuba today.


Hope to see you  there and please give a warm welcome to our speakers...