Onondaga Audubon sponsors speakers on environmental and natural history subjects from around the world. These programs are free and open to anyone, of any age, with an interest in nature. The programs are held on the second Wednesday of the months of February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November and often run 1-2 hours. In addition to the speaker there is a short chapter business meeting (usually 5-10 minutes) at the beginning of each program.
Meeting locations vary around the Syracuse area. Visit here for specific information about the next month’s meeting. Programs are also listed on the Calendar page of this web site.
Don’t want to miss a meeting? Email “Subscribe” to OAS.Programs@gmail.com to receive updates on upcoming program meetings.
How a Single Gene Could Save the American Chestnut
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius, N.Y.
At the beginning of the 20th century, American chestnut populations were devastated by blight. Hoping to restore this species to Eastern forests, William A. Powell, professor anddirector of SUNY-ESF’s Council on Biotechnology in Forestry, has been researching methods to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut. Come learn about the American chestnut’s hopeful future.
Birds of Prey of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Marcellus Free Library
32 Maple St., Marcellus, N.Y.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge,one of our favorite birding hotspots, offers visitors numerous birds of prey. Since 2009, refuge staff andvolunteers have been conducting a comprehensive survey of these fascinating birds. Linda Ziemba, a wildlife biologist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the primary biologist at the Montezuma refuge, will describe the results of this survey and current refuge programs to sustain healthy raptor populations.
Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
36 Grand View Ave., Mexico, N.Y.
Celebrate spring migration at one ofthe Northeast’s best birding locations during a day of field walks that celebrate bird migration. Explore the trails and habitats of this premier birding location with experienced leaders. Explore Derby Hill’s trails and habitats with experienced leaders; bird walks start every hour, on the hour. Enjoy the spectacle of migrating birds from the lake watch, on trails through the fields and forest, and at the north lookout.
Hog Island Educator’s Camp: Bringing Nature into the Classroom
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Robert P. Kinchen Central Library
447 S. Salina St., Syracuse, N.Y.
Each year, Onondaga Audubon sends one or two educators to Hog Island,
Maine, to attend Audubon’s summer seminar, “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s
Week.” At this program, our 2018 scholarship winners, Anton Ninno
and Christopher Paoli, will share their Hog Island experiences and what they
learned about engaging both childrenand adults with nature.
Programs held earlier in 2019
February – Paul D. Harris – Canada Geese: Too Much of a Good Thing?
March – Daniel Baldassarre – Linking Behavior and Biodiversity in Birds
Programs held in 2018
November – Jean Soprano – From Capture to Release: Rehabilitating Wildlife in Central New York
October – Susan Parks – Can You Hear Me? Impacts of Noise on Whale Communication
September – Hilary McManus – Growing On Ice: Climate Change, Women, and Antarctica
June – Janet Allen – Creating a Bird-Friendly Yard
May – Kelly Powers – River Otter: New York State’s Elusive Carnivore
April – Kyle Horton – Using Radar to Quantify and Forecast Bird Migration Patterns
March – Harrison Goldspiel – Amphibian Ecology in Northeastern Forests CANCELLED
February – Sam Peterson – Current Status and Ongoing Research of Moose in the Adirondack Park
Programs held in 2017
November – Cody Gilbertson – Rare Snail Chit Chat
October – Irene Mazzocchi – Managing New York’s Non-game Wildlife
October – Kurt Gielow – The Role of Birds in Lyme Disease Dispersal
September – Ronald Calvo – Tropical Birds Then and Now
September – Alison Kocek – Bird Banding at Baltimore Woods
June – Ian Davies – Birding in the 21st Century
May – Nicholas Piedmonte – Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease in Onondaga County
April – Dr. Lee Harper – Common Terns on the St. Lawrence River:
From Peril to Prosperity
April – Bernie Carr – Habitat and Ecology of Native Orchids of New York State
March – Chee Pheng Low – Coyotes and Foxes of Fort Drum
February – Amanda Cheeseman – A Brush with Bunnies: Perils Faced by New England Cottontails in New York’s Changing Landscape
Programs held in 2016
November – Justin Droke – Satellite Telemetry Study of Ducks of the New York Finger Lakes Region
October – Jason Luscier – Impact of Urbanization on the Birds of Ireland
September – Bill Evans – Automated Monitoring of Nocturnal Migrants at Derby Hill
June – Rick Bunting – 2016 Florida Birding Highlights
May – Gerry Smith – Birds of Conservation Concern
May – John Rogers – All About Bluebirds and More
April – Matt Perry – Urban Peregrine Falcons of Utica
March – Dr. Ernest Williams – The Endangered Migration of Monarch Butterflies
February – Samantha Dean – Reptiles and Amphibians of New York
Programs held in 2015
November – Deanna King – Audubon: Father of Ornithology
October – Linnea Rowse – Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Restoration
October – Abigail Darrah – Birds of the Amazonian Ecuador
September – Bronson Curry – Conserving Bats in the Northeast
June – Jeff Benjamin – Geese of Central New York
May – Michael Schummer – People and Waterfowl
May – Janet Allen – Bringing Back Bees
April – Angelina Ross – Spruce Grouse in New York
April – Melissa Althouse – Tourism and Terns
March – Dave Wheeler – Spring Migration at Derby Hill
February – Michelle Stantial – The Night Life of Birds
Programs held in 2014
November – Wells Horton – A Photo-a-day 365: One Photographer’s Journey
October – Julie Covey – Eastern Lake Ontario Conservancy
October – Shannon Farrell – Golden-cheeked Warbler Habitat Selection
September – Greg Craybas – Bald Eagles of Onondaga Lake
June – Michael Schummer – Our Changing Waterfowl Migration
May – Irene Mazzocchi – Birds and Habitats of the North Country
May – Andy Zepp – Conserving Finger Lakes IBAs
April – Andrea Thomen – Organic Chocolate and Birds of Hispaniola
March – Gerry Smith – North Country Raptors
March – Steve Kolbe – Derby Hill: More Than Just Raptors
February – Chris Lajewski – Restoring Montezuma
Programs held in 2013
November – Drew Weber – eBird and the New Birding Technology
October – Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner – A Week in the Everglades
September – Jeffrey Freedman – Birds of Africa
June – Jean Soprano – World of Raptors*
May – Rudy Gelis – Eco-Tourism and the Birds of Ecuador
April – Shannon Buckley – Rusty Blackbirds
March – Maureen Durkin – Snowy Plovers
Programs held in 2012
November – Alison Kocek – Saltmarsh Sparrows in urban area wetlands
October – Mike Fishman – Bats in New York and whitenose syndrome
September – This evening’s program was cancelled because of a power outage. Always check the calendar page of this website for last minute changes.
June – Dave Figura – Tales of Central New York Nature
May – Paul Hai – Environmental Education of Children
April – Joseph Folta – Attracting Wildlife to Your Property
March – Dr. Jonathan Cohen – Virginia: The Secret of the Red Knots
Programs held in 2011.
February – Elizabeth Hunter – Galapagos Birds
March – Ellen Wisner – Birds and Urban Noise
April – Onondaga Environmental Institute – Historical Ecology of Onondaga Lake
May – Dr. Bill Shields – Birds of Australia
September – Rescheduled for December
October – Chris Standley – Owls of the Pacific Northwest
November – Margaret Tsen – Birds of India
December – Mike Allen – Bald Eagle Recovery in New York