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Birding Hampden County

April 14, 2021

Join us for the third installment of our series on local birding places in the Valley. Several birders will share some birding locations in the southern county in Massachusetts’ Connecticut River Valley.

If you are interested, please register by sending a message to [email protected].

HBC Sitspot Challenge

April 15, 2021

Halie Parker, Hannah Schwartz, and Janice F. Jorgensen will be offering a 30-minute zoom call on April 15 to go deeper into what a Sitspot is, the lineage of the practice, and how we can all participate in the challenge together.

We are inviting anyone interested into a challenge to do a “Sitspot” every day, for 30 days in a row! A sitspot is a 20-minute practice of sitting outdoors and focusing on what is going on around you: the birds, the plants, the insects, the soil, the wind – all of it! You can choose to sit on your porch, in the woods, in a park – anywhere that you feel safe and comfortable to settle in for a bit. The idea of a sitspot is to widen your awareness and deepen your understanding of the natural world, and you as a part of it; how are you impacting it, and how is it impacting you? What happens when you slow down and take the time to notice what is going on?

If you are interested in attending, please contact:  [email protected]

Dragonflies and Damselflies with Dave Small

April 21, 2021

Expand your sightings while out birding by watching and identifying those fast-flying Odonates, aka dragonflies and damselflies. Dave will show us some of these beautiful and amazing creatures which can be an interesting diversion when birding gets slow in the summer. If you are interested, please register by sending a message to [email protected].

Nature Journaling with Jan Ruby-Crystal

April 22, 2021

Nature Journaling has gained popularity lately and Jan Ruby-Crystal has generously offered to conduct a class for us on Zoom. If interested contact:  [email protected]

Jan is the Volunteer Director of Arcadia’s Art House.  She has a Master’s in Fine Arts and has shown her artwork locally.  In this two-hour workshop we will learn to use a Nature Journal to deepen your knowledge about birds, their behaviors, and their environments. Through Nature Journaling you will see more in nature, develop sharper awareness, improve your memory, and spark your curiosity. Whether you are new to birding or an experienced birder, bring your curiosity and a willingness to learn. No experience is necessary. You will need a blank paged journal or some blank paper (printer paper is fine), plus a pencil, eraser and sharpener, a mechanical pencil or pen. Keep it simple.

Cost:  Jan would appreciate a donation to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary’s Art House.  Checks to Mass Audubon and mailed to Mass Audubon – Arcadia, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton, MA 01027 with a note or on memo line that it is for the Art House.

Plantings for Birds and Bees with Dan Ziomek

April 28, 2021

Spring is a good time to consider expanding your garden. Dan is joining us again to share some plants we should consider adding to our yards to support the birds and bees that visit us. These plantings will aesthetically enhance our gardens for our pleasure as well. If you are interested, please register by sending a message to [email protected].

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