All BRSS programs are free and open to the public Refreshments are served at 7:15. Programs begin at 7:30, unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, October 20, 10 - 12 noon
Celebrate the "Year of the Bird"
Location: Greenburgh Nature Center
2018 has been declared the “Year of the Bird” by National Audubon Society, National Geographic and many other organizations and governments, including Westchester County. It commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is credited with saving millions, if not trillions, of birds. The goal is to get the public more engaged with birds. If you care about birds, then you will care about protecting our environment, something under constant threat.
We will hold a program to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” at the Greenburgh Nature Center.
The program is filled with hands-on activities that will be fun and educational for the whole family. What makes a bird a bird? Feathers! What is a wingspan and what is yours? Birds use birdsong to find a mate. Can you find your mate? A bird’s beak determines what it eats. What do you eat if your beak is shaped like a spoon? Birds use a variety of different materials to make a nest. Can you build a nest without using your hands? What colors and behaviors of birds will you discover on a mini bird walk on the grounds of the GNC? What’s the best way to help birds?
At the midway point (11:00), we will meet at the Birds of Prey exhibit for their daily feeding, plus learn about the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and how it is now threatened after 100 years.
Location: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale
Kathryn Schneider, will discuss her new book Birding the Hudson Valley. Three years in the making, Kathryn wrote her book to help backyard birdwatchers hone their skills, become better birders, connect to the birding community, and see more birds.It tells birders where and when to bird and leads them to terrific birding destinations from Troy to New York City.
Her talk will examine the methods she used to identify the best birding sites in the Hudson Valley, and end with her thoughts on how birders can use their pastime to protect the beautiful natural areas that make the Hudson Valley a special place for both birds and people.
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Rd., Chappaqua
Jointly sponsored by all five Audubon chapters in Westchester County as part of the “Year of the Bird” celebration.
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Migratory Fish Species on the Bronx River and Volunteer Engagement Opportunities
Speakers: Michelle Luebke (Director of Environmental Stewardship) and Diana Fu (Education & Stewardship Associate) from the Bornx River Alliance
Join us to learn about the anadromous Alewife herring, which live in the ocean and span in freshwater, and the catadromous American eels, which live in freshwater and spawn in the ocean.
Location: Tuckahoe Community Center, 71 Columbus Ave., Tuckahoe
Sponsored the Tuckahoe Public Library and BRSS Audubon
Wednesday, April 10, 7:15 p.m.
The Timber Rattlesnake and its Conservation
Speaker: Tom Tyning, Professor of Environmental Studies at Berkshire Community College
The Timber Rattlesnake is one of the most endangered vertebrate in the Northeast. Already gone from two new England states, the Timber Rattlesnake is endangered in all others and declining over much of its former range in Eastern North America. Conservation efforts, new understandng of the snake's remarkable behaviors and survival strategies, and a look at the current state of knowedge of this facinating repitle are highlighted.
Tom Tying was a Field Biologist and Master naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for 24 years. He's an authority on New England natural history. His main interests are amphibians and reptiles.
Location: Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester