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 Syracuse 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 and Watertown areas. 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.
Bird Banding at Baltimore Woods
Wed., September 13, 6:30 p.m.
Onondaga County Public Library
447 S. Salina St., Syracuse, N.Y.
(street parking free after 6:00 p.m.)
Banding of birds has been ongoing for centuries. Banding can provide researchers with important avian survival, movement, and breeding information. Onondaga Audubon President Alison Kocek will discuss the joint effort between Onondaga Audubon and SUNY-ESF to reinstate a banding station to monitor avian productivity and survivorship at Baltimore Woods Nature Center this past spring/summer and the uses of marking and recovery data in migratory bird conservation, research, and management.
Tropical Birds Then and Now
Wed., September 20, 6:30 p.m.
Marcellus Free Library
32 Maple St, Marcellus, N.Y.
Costa Rican naturalist Ronald Calvo will talk about new bird species and range expansions in Costa Rica.
The Role of Birds in Lyme Disease Dispersal
Wed., October 11, 6:30 p.m.
1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, N.Y.
As a SUNY-ESF graduate student, Kurt Gielow is conducting research on ticks carried by American Robins and other common backyard bird species in Upstate New York. He is looking at the distribution and commonality of ticks on birds in urban and rural environments and the role birds play as a vector for wildlife diseases such as Lyme disease. With this research, he hopes to expand our understanding of the role of birds as part of the pathogen-vector- host cycle in the distribution and dispersal of ticks.
Managing New York’s Non-game Wildlife
Wed., October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Flower Memorial Library
229 Washington St., Watertown N.Y.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation biologist Irene Mazzocchi will update us on priority management programs. She will discuss DEC efforts with Black Terns and other colonial waterbirds and grassland birds. Present and future management efforts will be noted as the department seeks to protect the wildlife legacy of our state.
Rare Snail Chitt Chat
Wed., November 8, 6:30 p.m.
1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, N.Y.
Join us for a talk about an endangered snail whose entire population only exists at one location, Chittenango Falls State Park, New York. Discover why snails are important to our ecosystems and how researchers are helping endangered snail species like the Chittenango ovate amber snail (COAS) persist. Cody Gilbertson has studied and worked with COAS for over six years and has written her master’s thesis on these beautiful and unique snails. Come hear her talk and enjoy the snail tales!
Programs held earlier in 2017
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