Monthly Virtual Meetings

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 available on the second Wednesday of the months of February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November and often run 1-2 hours.

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2020 Programs

Brown Pelicans on a Changing Coastline

Wed., September 9, 6:30 p.m. (this meeting has passed but view our recording below)

Coastline habitats are declining rapidly due to climate change. Wetland drying, coastal erosion and sea-level rise threaten populations of coastal wildlife. How quickly can birds like Brown Pelicans respond to these changes? In this virtual program, University of Louisiana doctoral fellow Juita Martinez will discuss her doctoral research on habitat use and reproductive ecology of Brown Pelicans on barrier/bay islands in coastal Louisiana. You won’t want to miss this important and timely seminar!

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Bird Friendly Coffee: How Coffee Growing Impacts Migratory Birds

 Wed. October 14, 6:30 p.m.

Did you know that many of our migratory birds overwinter on coffee plantations in Central and South America? Golden-winged Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, and many other species depend on native vegetation and insects in those regions to survive during the winter. Today, most coffee is grown in monocultures with no habitat for birds. But some farms still grow coffee under the shade of native trees that provide high-quality habitat for birds. Come listen to Ruth Bennett, a research ecologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and learn why bird friendly coffee farms are so important for migratory birds—and how you can support birds with your coffee purchases.

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Stopovers: Semipalmated Sandpipers in Atlantic Canada and Brazil

Wed., November 11, 6:30 p.m.

Migratory stopover locations are the areas where birds stop to rest along their migration route, but their habitat requirements are largely misunderstood for most bird species. A master’s student at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, Rebeca Linhart will speak about her graduate research on Semipalmated Sandpiper migration patterns and habitat use in Atlantic Canada and northeastern Brazil. Research connecting wintering and breeding habitats is very important for understanding migration biology, so you do not want to miss this presentation!

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Programs held earlier in 2020

February – Matt Kosty – Creating a Winter Refuge for Backyard Birds
March – Alex Cook – Survival in an Age of Sea Level Rise and Urbanization.

Programs held in 2019

November – Andy Mason – Raptor Migration at Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch
October – Craig Baarck – Migration at Magee Marsh
September – Jason Luscier – Citizen Science with CatTracker: A Smartphone App for Understanding an Ecological CATastrophe
June – Anton Ninno, Christopher Paoli – Hog Island Educator’s Camp: Bringing Nature into the Classroom
May – Linda Ziemba – Birds of Prey of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
AprilWilliam A. Powell – How a Single Gene Could Save the American Chestnut
March – Daniel Baldassarre – Linking Behavior and Biodiversity in Birds
February – Paul D. Harris – Canada Geese: Too Much of a Good Thing?

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