Bird Songs – a Zoom Program with Monica Grabin – Tuesday, June 21st

Bird Songs? No, not the songs birds sing, the songs we sing about them. Monica, a folk singer from way back, has known many songs about birds for years, but it was Pat Moynahan who first got her started writing songs of her own about birds and the fanatics who love them. Some are funny, some are celebratory, but almost all are close parodies of songs many of you will be familiar with. Accompanying herself on guitar and banjo, Monica will share the stories behind the songs while also honoring the memory of Pat Moynahan and her endless enthusiasm for birds and the people who love them.

On Tuesday, June 21st, at 7 p.m., York County Audubon is pleased to host YCA Board member Monica Grabin who will present this program on Bird Songs.

There’s no charge to participate, but you need to register in advance to watch this program. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_26QRDGCuTUK1zw-Ixtqrig

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope you can join us!

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A Video of our May Program: What’s that Bird I’m Hearing? with Doug Hitchcox

This program was presented on May 17, 2022. Please click on the link below to watch the program. You can also scroll down to the original post on this program for a full description.Unfortunately, due to internet difficulties at Doug’s location, the program ended abruptly, though he did get through most of it. We may record and post an “epilogue” to complete it.

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Annual Election of Officers and Directors

The Nominating Committee has presented a slate of Officers and Directors to the YCA Board, and that slate has been approved by the Directors:  Bill Grabin, President, Laurie Pocher, Vice President, Kathy Donahue, Treasurer, and Monica Grabin, Secretary, as well as the following slate of Directors: Dan Gardoqui, David Doubleday, Doug Hitchcox, Joyce Toth, Marian Zimmerman, Marion Sprague, Mary Bateman, Seth Davis

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Birding by Ear Workshop – with Dan Gardoqui – Sunday, April 24, 2022

Expert bird mimic Dan Gardoqui will help you connect with birds you can’t see by getting to know their songs and calls (as well as what they’re saying). In this workshop, we’ll do a little exploring on foot, but a lot more listening with our ears. Dan can help you learn the calls by mimicking them for the group as you hear and see the actual birds in the field. If you’re experienced with visual bird identification, this course will be a good next step in building your birding skills.

Dan Gardoqui has been studying naturalist skills, wildlife tracking, bird language, and mentoring for nearly 30 years. Dan has a M.S. in Natural Resources, is a Certified Wildlife Tracker, Registered Maine Guide, and served as Science Faculty at Granite State College. Through wildlife tracking, Dan has contributed to wildlife studies and served as science editor for the bird language book What the Robin Knows. Dan co-founded and led the nature connection nonprofit, White Pine Programs for 20 years. He currently runs Lead with Nature, where he helps leaders find success and meaning through nature-based consulting services & adventures. FMI, visit:  www.leadwithnature.com   or    www.youtube.com/c/LeadwithNature

YCA is co-hosting this workshop with and at the Wells Reserve. It will run from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.  Advance registration is required, and the cost is $25 for members (of either YCA/Maine Audubon or the Wells Reserve).  To register, please email suzanne@wellsnerr.org or call Suzanne at (207) 646-1555 x116.

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A Video of our April program: Hummingbirds with Dana and Bob Fox

This program was presented on April 19, 2022. Please click on the link below to watch the program. You can also scroll down to the original post on this program for a full description. Note that the recording starts a couple of minutes into the program.

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What’s That Bird I’m Hearing? – a Zoom program with Doug Hitchcox on Tuesday, May 17th

Take your birding to a new dimension, literally! Learning to identify birds by their songs or calls will help you find more birds, and aurally read the landscape.

Magnolia Warbler

In this program we’ll focus on the skills to identify and recognize different vocalization, rather than just playing hundreds of recordings, but there will be plenty of examples!

Indigo Bunting

On Tuesday, May 17th, at 7 p.m., York County Audubon is pleased to host YCA Board member Doug Hitchcox who will present this program on “birding by ear.”   Doug is the Outreach Coordinator for the Maine Bird Atlas and Staff Naturalist for Maine Audubon.

There’s no charge to participate, but you need to register in advance to watch this program. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VVVtffGATYOnlkrGtibT0Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope you can join us!

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The Harlequin – Spring 2022

Please click on the link below to view the Spring 2022 issue of our Harlequin newsletter:

http://www.yorkcountyaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Harlequin-Spring-2022.pdf

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Hummingbirds – Recent Research and Spectacular Species We Have Met – a Zoom program with Dana and Bob Fox – Tuesday, April 19th

Lifelong birders Dana and Bob Fox, who have traveled extensively on 6 continents and visited more than 40 countries, will present this program which focuses on a magnificent group of birds: the hummingbirds.

A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Fox’s NH cabin – photo by Steve Whitebread

Studies have given us insights into the wonders of hummingbirds. This talk will provide information including: what is a hummingbird, how they did they evolve, how do their nectar gathering and pollination activities compare with bees and butterflies, what do they eat besides nectar, what are their feeding techniques, what is torpor, how is their iridescence produced, and what is unusual about their courtship behaviors?

Bob and Dana will share their adventures with 10 different, remarkable species they have seen on their journeys in the Americas. Many spectacular pictures and videos will be included. Join us to marvel at these little feathered gems.

Green Violetears in Colombia – photos by Dan Fox

There’s no charge to participate, but you need to register in advance to watch this program. To do so, please click on this link and enter your name and email address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k3SR8mbVT8atn_RGa3FqWg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope you can join us!

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A Video of our March program: The Northern Saw-whet Owl – with Zoe Korpi

This program was presented on March 22, 2022. Please click on the link below to watch the program. You can also scroll down to the original post on this program for a full description. Note that the recording starts a couple of minutes into the program.

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Become a Native Plant Volunteer! March 16th deadline.


As you probably know, our native plants are threatened by various trends including human encroachment, the spread of non-native species, and climate change. The Native Plant Trust, located at Garden In the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts, has an opportunity for volunteers all over New England, including here in Maine, to document and preserve our native vegetation.

Attached is a flyer describing the program run by the Native Plant Trust, and a brief description of what volunteering entails. If you have a passion for plants, you might want to consider applying for this program. The deadline is March 16, and you can find all the information you should need through the flyer, websites, and informational sheet below.

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