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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2021 Programs

Effects of Urban Noise and Light Pollution on Birds

Wed., February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Online Virtual Meeting

 With increasing numbers of people moving into cities every day, urban noise and light are having a drastic effect on wildlife distributions. Birds rely on sound for communication and seek shelter in dark places, so it’s important to understand these consequences when developing conservation strategies. Join Lauren Pharr, a master’s student in ornithology at North Carolina State University, for a discussion on how urbanization continues to affect local bird species.

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998 8565 3241

 A Warbler, a Tangled Bank, and the River Continuum Concept

Wed., March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Online Virtual Meeting

Louisiana Waterthrushes nest along the banks of streams that are rich in invertebrate prey. For this reason, these birds are great indicators of stream health in eastern deciduous forests. As an assistant professor at Louisianan State University, Leesia Marshall has studied the intricate balance between waterthrush nesting biology and stream ecology in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Log on to hear about Leesia’s incredible body of work on this beautiful warbler.

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998 8565 3241

Evaluating the Cause of Wood Thrush Declines: The Role of Managed Forest Landscapes.

Wed., April 14, 6:30 p.m.
Online Virtual Meeting

Wood Thrush populations have declined substantially over the last 50 years. In order to increase our understanding of their breeding-habitat needs, Cameron Fiss, a graduate student at SUNY-ESF, has evaluated the effects of forest management practices on Wood Thrush habitat use. It’s vital to comprehend this species’ full breeding cycle, as recently fledged Wood Thrushes may use habitats different from adults. Log on to this meeting and learn how recently harvested forest-patches may be more important to adult Wood Thrush than previously thought.

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998 8565 3241

Sea Turtles of the Atlantic: Stories of Conservation and Hope

Wed., May 12, 6:30 p.m.
Online Virtual Meeting

 The Atlantic Ocean is home to six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles. Each species functions to help maintain the ocean’s health and keep the trophic structure of the food web in balance. Sea turtles face numerous threats throughout their lives, many of which are human-caused. In this presentation, Phil Allman, an associate professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, will discuss the primary threats that sea turtles face and offer some evidence for hope that we can save these ancient mariners from extinction. Log on to learn how your actions here in Syracuse might impact sea-turtle populations around the globe.

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Programs held earlier in 2021

Specimen-based Teaching and Research at the New York State Museum

Wed., January 13, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Jeremy Kirchman is the Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.  Natural history collections are incredibly important for education and for research on the evolution and extinction of birds. Information gathered from museum specimens can aid in the conservation of threatened species.  Dr. Kirchman will describe current efforts to grow and preserve our state collection.  You don’t want to miss this presentation on a very important topic.

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Programs held in 2020

November – Rebeca Linhart – Stopovers: Semipalmated Sandpipers in Atlantic Canada and Brazil
Recording:
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October – Ruth Bennett – Bird Friendly Coffee: How Coffee Growing Impacts Migratory Birds
Recording: https://lemoyne.zoom.us/rec/share/OPS8aacnlyoVC0WITYyV02ZCYdfx7nLKFSx3LVpvd0VRz0ROUfzVIaA7zD9DjVW0.uUE51KCpktekR5R5
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September – Juita Martinez – Brown Pelicans on a Changing Coastline
Recording:
https://lemoyne.zoom.us/rec/share/_Die4oZ9ScgydB5JQKRPKdhFCvbCh9M3RH2n_U1A6vGAFC61v0KfR-WoEVhk2jtA.5ecLFOZcVZ-Q777c
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May – Michelle Stantial – Factors Limiting Abundance and Productivity of Piping Plovers in New Jersey
March – Alex Cook – Survival in an Age of Sea Level Rise and Urbanization
February – Matt Kosty – Creating a Winter Refuge for Backyard Birds

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