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Monthly Meetings are held at Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield, MA or Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA.. They are free and open to everyone interested in birds. Come enjoy the scheduled program and light refreshments. Bring a friend.

 

HOFFMANN BIRD CLUB’S PROGRAM OF MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS
FOR THE 2016 – 2017 SEASON


[more detailed descriptions below…]

Friday, September 2, 2016, 5:00 PM       
Potluck Dinner and Monthly Meeting

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox    01240

Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:00 PM
Randy Dettmers
Senior Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
“Monitoring and Conservation of Bicknell’s Thrush
From Mountain Birdwatch to Sierra de Bahoruco”
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:00 PM
Kevin J. McGowan, PhD

Project Manager of Distance Learning in Bird Biology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Lead author of 2nd Breeding Bird Atlas of New York
“To Know the Crow: Insights and Stories From
Over a Quarter Century of Crow Study”
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
“HBC Member’s Night”

Bring 10 digital images and holiday sweets to share
and sign up for the Christmas Count!
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201

Monday, March 6, 2017, 7:00 PM
Greg Ward, HBC Member

“Birding the American Southwest”
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201

Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:00 PM
Bryan Pfeiffer

Professor and Writer
University of Vermont
“Insects for Birders”
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
Ian Davies

eBird Project Assistant, Cornell University
“The Secret Lives of Shorebirds”
HBC’s Annual Banquet/Meeting
Mazzeo's Ristorante
1015 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Friday, June 9, 2017               
Potluck Dinner and Birding

5:00 PM Birding-6:00 PM Picnic
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
427 West Mountain Rd., Lenox
Main courses (including a vegan option) and beverages are provided. Bring a side dish or
dessert to share. Please bring your own place setting to help lighten the impact on the
sanctuary.


More Detailed Descriptions…..

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:00 PM
Kevin J. McGowan, PhD

Project Manager of Distance Learning in Bird Biology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Lead author of 2nd Breeding Bird Atlas of New York
“To Know the Crow: Insights and Stories From
Over a Quarter Century of Crow Study”
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Kevin J. McGowan Ph.D., Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Kevin is a professional ornithologist and avid birder. He is currently the project manager for Distance Learning in Bird Biology in the Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is the instructor for the long-running Home Study Course in Bird Biology (now the revised Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology), the online course Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds, and the Be a Better Birder online tutorials and identification webinars.
Kevin was the co-editor and primary author for the book, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, one of the creators of the Cornell Lab’s All About Birds website, and the former curator of the bird and mammal collections at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. 
Kevin has been studying the biology of a population of crows in central New York since 1988, and has followed the life stories of over 2,500 banded individuals.

Kevin was president of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) in 2003-2005, and a member of New York State Avian Records Committee in 1999-2003. He is currently a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

CURRICULUM VITAE
    Kevin James McGowan
    18 July 2016

PERSONAL
Address:        Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone:    (607) 254-2452 (office)
        (607) 324-2430 (cell)
Fax:        (607) 254-2111
E-mail        kjm2@cornell.edu
Web page    http://birds.cornell.edu/crows/

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, December 1987.
M.Sc. in Zoology, Ohio State University, Columbus, December 1980. 
B.Sc. in Zoology, Ohio State University, Columbus, March 1977.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Project Manager, Distance Learning. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2014-present.
Instructor and Course Coordinator, Home Study Course in Bird Biology, and Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2009- 2014.
Editor, New York State Second Breeding Bird Atlas, New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, 2005 - 2008.
    Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, July 2001 - December 2004.
    Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy collections, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 1988 - 2001
    Senior Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 1994 – 2001
    Research Associate, Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University, 1988 - 1994
    Environmental Consultant, Ecological Consultants, Inc., Tampa, Florida 1988
    Non-Game Biologist, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Lakeland, Florida, 1988
   
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2016    H. Matsui, G. R. Hunt, K. Oberhofer, N. Ogihara, K. J. McGowan, K. Mithraratne, T. Yamasaki, R. D. Gray, and E. Izawa. Adaptive bill morphology for enhanced tool manipulation in New Caledonian crows. Scientific Reports 6, 22776; doi: 10.1038/srep22776 (2016). http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22776

2015    McGowan, K. J. Waterfowl ID Series: 1 The Basics. Waterford Press.

    McGowan, K. J. Waterfowl ID Series: 2 Dabbling & Diving Ducks. Waterford Press.

    McGowan, K. J. Waterfowl ID Series: 3 Sea Ducks & Others. Waterford Press

2014    Mates, E. A., R. R. Tarter, J. C. Ha, A. B. Clark, and K. J. McGowan. Acoustic profiling in a complexly social species, the American crow:  caws encode information on caller sex, identity, and behavioral context. Bioacoustics. doi = 10.1080/09524622.2014.933446

2012    Russell, N., and K. J. McGowan. Bird Remains from the BACH Area. Pp 243-252 in Last House on the Hill: BACH Area Reports from Çatalhöyük, Turkey (Çatalhöyük vol.11). (R. Tringham and M Stevanovic, eds.) Monumenta Archaeologica  27. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Publications, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

2011    Townsend, A. K., A. B. Clark, and K. J. McGowan. Injury and paternity loss in cooperatively breeding American Crows. Journal of Field Ornithology 82: 415-421.

2010    Townsend A. K., A. B. Clark, and K. J. McGowan. Condition, innate immunity and disease mortality of inbred crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 277: 2875-2883. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0480

2009    Heiss, R. S., A. B. Clark, and K. J. McGowan. Growth and nutritional state of American crow nestlings vary between urban and rural habitats.  Ecological Applications 19:829-839.

2008    McGowan, K. J., and K. Corwin, Eds. The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.  688 pp.

    McGowan, K. J., and B. Zuckerberg.  Summary of results.  Pp 15-42 in The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State (K. J. McGowan and K. Corwin, eds.). Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

2006    Clark, A. B., D. J. Robinson, Jr., and K. J. McGowan.  Effects of West Nile virus mortality on social structure of an American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) population in upstate New York.  In Current Topics in Avian Disease Research: understanding endemic and invasive diseases (R. K. Barraclough, ed.).  Ornithological Monographs 60: 65-78. DOI: 10.1642/0078-6594(2006)60[65:EOWNVM]2.0.CO;2.

2004    Hochachka, W. M., A. A. Dhondt, K. J. McGowan, and L. D. Kramer.  Impact of West Nile virus on American crows in the northeastern United States, and its relevance to existing monitoring programs. EcoHealth 1(1): 60-68.

2001    McGowan, K. J.  Demographic and behavioral comparisons of suburban and rural American Crows.  Pp. 365-381 in Avian ecology and conservation in an urbanizing world (J. M. Marzluff, R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly, eds.).   Kluwer Academic Press, Norwell, MA.

1991    Wells, J.V., and K.J. McGowan.  Range expansion in Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus): the Ithaca, NY, colony as an example.  The Kingbird 41: 73-82.

1989    McGowan, K.J., and G.E. Woolfenden.  A sentinel system in the Florida Scrub Jay.  Animal Behaviour 37: 1000-1006.      

AWARDS AND HONORS
2013    Fellow, American Ornithologists’ Union

2005    John J. Elliott Award, best article published in journal The Kingbird in 2004 (with R. G. Spahn).

2004    Antiquity Prize, best paper published in the journal Antiquity in 2003 (with N. Russell).

1993    Elective Member, American Ornithologists' Union

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
    Regional Editor for New York Christmas Bird counts, 2003-present.

    President, New York State Ornithological Association, 2003-2005.

    President, Cayuga Bird Club, 2003-2005.

    Member, New York State Avian Records Committee, 1999-2003.

    Important Bird Areas of New York technical committee, 2004.

Member, New York State Dept. of Health West Nile Virus Bird/Mammal Workgroup, 1999-2000, 2000-2001.

Editor, Ornithological Newsletter, bi-monthly publication of the Ornithological Societies of North America, 1992-1997.

Secretary, the Ornithological Societies of North America, 1992-1997.


Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:00 PM
Bryan Pfeiffer

Professor and Writer
University of Vermont
“Insects for Birders”
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201

A writer and field biologist, Bryan Pfeiffer navigates the wild places where people and nature converge. Birds and insects drive a lot of Bryan’s outdoor aspirations. But in truth he finds pleasure in whatever swims, slithers, crawls, walks, hops, flies, sits, grows or decays along life’s long, green path, which basically means Bryan is easily distracted. Just ask his students. He also teaches writing to field naturalists and ecologists at the University of Vermont.

On his journey toward nature and writing, Bryan began with a degree in chemistry and a passion for mountaineering, which led to his employment scaling Rust Belt smokestacks to measure (and inhale) air pollutants. From there, downward, with notions of saving the world, he discovered journalism.

Bryan’s articles and essays have appeared in Orion, Aeon Magazine, The New York Times, Field & Stream, The Progressive, Eating Well, Northern Woodlands and lots of other places. He co-authored Birdwatching in Vermont, a guide to finding and enjoying the state’s birds; co-hosted an award-winning radio program on birds; and wrote and hosted a public television special called Birding in Vermont. Along the way Bryan has been or still is a bread baker, a pot washer, a firefighter, a nature guide, a videographer, a mercenary writer, a beat reporter and a consulting biologist chasing birds and insects for municipalities, non-profits, timber companies and private landowners.

Now at work on two books, Bryan is wrapping up a collection of essays called FLIGHT: A Year With Airborne Animals. Because he spends so much time outside, Bryan is making glacial progress on another book titled PANTALA: What a Dragonfly Tells Us About Sex, Evolution and the Human Condition. Find him online at www.bryanpfeiffer.com or behind a plate of eggs and homefries with friends at his favorite greasy-spoon diner.

Bryan Pfeiffer
138 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
bryan@bryanpfeiffer.com
www.bryanpfeiffer.com
802.454.4640

http://bryanpfeiffer.com/
http://www.uvm.edu/~bpfeiffe/BryanPfeifferCV-January2016.pdf


Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
Ian Davies

eBird Project Assistant, Cornell University
“The Secret Lives of Shorebirds”
HBC’s Annual Banquet/Meeting
Mazzeo's Ristorante
1015 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Ian Davies works at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as the Project Coordinator for eBird (ebird.org), a free global database of bird sightings that is used by birdwatchers, researchers, and conservationists worldwide. More than 340 million sightings of birds from every country on earth are available for free use by anyone, contributed by more than 320,000 birdwatchers like you. Ian got interested in birds at age 13 when he visited a banding station and released a Canada Warbler. He has been lost to the feathered world ever since. He enjoys traveling to find birds, making sure to collect information on the birds seen through eBird and sharing those resources with birding communities worldwide. He went to school at UMass Amherst, enjoys birding October Mountain State Forest, and holds both the Massachusetts and Berkshire County Big Day records (the latter with Ed Neumuth!).

The Secret Lives of Shorebirds:
Surprisingly robust, tiny sandpipers and plovers fly thousands of miles annually each fall from areas like northern Alaska to South America, returning in the spring on this same herculean journey. In this journey they pause to refuel in certain crucial stopover areas – such as the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada, or numerous locations in coastal New England. After resting and refueling on the abundant invertebrates in mud and sand flats, the shorebirds take wing again, often flying non-stop for several days to reach their destination.

After witnessing shorebirds in the midst of migration, seeing the transformation on the breeding grounds is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The quiet and demure shorebirds that probe along our beaches transform into creatures with spectacular aerial displays and songs that rival any songbird.

This presentation will focus on the lives of shorebirds throughout their summer season, and the following migration southwards to our shores and beyond.





                       

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