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On Thursday, March 12, at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held the last of our three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentations for 2020. ‘Why Ghana?’ presented by world-traveling birder, Hank Kaestner. Ghana is a seldom visited West African nation which is rich in history, culture and, of course, birds, many of which are range restricted to western Africa. From the rain forests in the south, to the sub-Saharan desert in the north, colorful birds abound. Hank spent two weeks chasing “lifers” there, seeing almost 300 species of birds, one third of which were new for his life list. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

Hank Kaestner

We will be back again next year with three new presentations, but in the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

On Thursday, February 13, at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held the second of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentations for 2020. ‘Plants for Birds’ was presented by Gwendolyn Causer, Audubon Vermont, teacher/naturalist and Communications Director. Native plants provide food and shelter for birds and wildlife. To survive, birds need native plants and the insects that have co-evolved with them. Bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

Our next lecture will be, ‘Why Ghana’ presented by Hank Kaestner. Ghana is a seldom visited West African nation which is rich in history, culture and, of course, birds, many of which are range restricted to western Africa. From the rain forests in the south, to the sub-Saharan desert in the north, colorful birds abound. Hank spent two weeks chasing “lifers” there, seeing almost 300 species of birds, one third of which were new for his life list.This will take place on March 11, 7pm at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. In the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

On Thursday, January 9, at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our first of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentations for 2020. Titled ‘The Search for Long-eared Owl in Addsion County,’ OCAS Board President, Ron Payne told us about a successful collaborative search to learn how to reliably find these elusive owls in our area. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

Our next lecture will be, ‘Plants for Birds,’ presented by Gwendolyn Causer, Audubon Vermont, teacher/naturalist and Communications Director. Native plants provide food and shelter for birds and wildlife. To survive, birds need native plants and the insects that have co-evolved with them. Bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change. This will take place on February 13, 7pm at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. In the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

On Thursday, February 14,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our second Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter. Titled Antarctic Birding Adventure, OCAS Board members, Gary & Kathy Starr gave us a photo travelogue of their 2017 trip to Tierra del Fuego and the southern terminus of the Andes, the Falklands, South Georgia, the Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday, January 10,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our first Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter. Titled Iceland and Ice Land, world-traveling bird, Hank Kaestner talked about two recent trips he took to Icleand and Alaska. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday, March 15,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our third Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter on Pine Martens, presented by Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist, Chris Bernier. This talk centered on reintroduction efforts for this weasel family species, explained their current status in Vermont and their difficult relationship with Fishers. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

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Chris Bernier

Normally we only hold three presentations over the winter, but next moth we will be hosting a special presentation by Mark LaBarr and Margaret Fowle giving us the results of their Golden-winged Warbler migration tracking project. That will take place April 12, 7pm at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. In the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

– Ron Payne

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On Thursday, February 15,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our second of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter with Hank Kaestner giving a talk about a recent trip he took to Ecuador where he saw almost 400 bird species in one week, including 45 different hummingbirds! They are the jewels of Ecuador! If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television. Read the rest of this entry »

 

On Thursday, January 11,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our first of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter with the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler speaking about Crows & Ravens. Considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others an endless curiosity. Bridget explained how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows and ravens, and their complex social structure. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

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Bridget Butler the Bird Diva

Our next Lecture, The Jewels of Ecuador, presented by Hank Kaestner, will take place on February 15, 7pm at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. In the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

– Ron Payne

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Travis Hammill

On Thursday, March 9,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held the third of our three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter. Wild Utah, a travelling multimedia educational event, presented by Travis Hammill, the Eastern Grassroots Organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA). The Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday, February 9,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our second of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter. World-traveling birder, Hank Kaestner, gave a very entertaining presentation on the Birds of Taiwan. If you missed, and we know many did due to the weather, this presentation can viewed it online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

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Hank Kaestner

Our next Lecture, Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness presented by Travis Hammill, the Eastern Grassroots Organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will take place on March 9, 7pm at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury.  In the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

– Ron Payne

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