Our final meeting of the 2018-9 HBC season is our 35th anniversary celebration, featuring a program on raptor rehabilitation by the one and only Tom Ricardi, including (of course) some live raptors! Note that the program time is the same as usual, but the location is very different, taking place at the Northampton Country Club. The link above includes a Google Map window to the location, for those not already familiar with it.
We are all done with our scheduled field trips for now. Anyone interested in leading a field trip in the foreseeable future, or who really wants the club to schedule a trip to a specific location or to seek some particular types of birds, please contact the club’s Field Trip Chair, Carol Mardeusz, and let her know.
Another successful Valley Family Bird Festival was sponsored by HBC, SWCA (formerly New England Environmental) and Mass Audubon at Arcadia. About 300 people showed up for the event which included Tom Ricardi’s educational program on raptors and interactive activities for families on bird migration, bird adaptations to their food choices, bird behavior & bird art. There were 3 well-attended bird walks and a indoor talk on bird watching for beginners.
Thanks to Lissa Gantner for hosting the HBC information table and helping with setting up and putting away tables, chairs & tents. Also, thanks to Betsy for staffing the HBC Boutique. Mass Audubon’s Patti Steinman provided the volunteers for parking & guiding the activities.
Seems the birds wanted in on the event as well. Many species of warblers, vireos, sparrows, and even loons were in attendance.