Hummingbirds are amazing! In Indiana, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is our only breeding species, but not much is known about it. Carl and Amy Wilms, Resident Managers of the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary (owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society), are trying to find out more about these jewels of the sky.
For instance, we know when the first birds in spring arrive to our feeders, but how long do our first birds stay – and are they in migration or local birds who breed here? When do the first breeding females arrive, and when do they start showing signs of egg production? How many broods do our Central Indiana Ruby-throated Hummingbirds raise? Through their banding research, Amy (a Master Bird Bander) and Carl (a retired middle school teacher) hope to answer some of these questions!
On Wednesday, May 8, in this fun and informative program, Carl and Amy will discuss the banding process and what they have discovered so far in their research. Join us in the adventure of learning more about the hummingbirds that we all enjoy watching!
Chapter business and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. at Kennedy Library, followed by the program at 7:15.
Join us on Wednesday, June 12, when Alexander Sharp, Program Chair of the Robert Cooper Audubon Society, will explain how to use three programs created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to enhance your birdings experiences:
eBird is a citizen science project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that allows birders to report checklists of all their observations from their birding trips. Scientists can then use the data to develop range maps, track migration trends, or assess population trends for all reported species. This website is excellent for keeping track of your life list and birding statistics, locating new birding locations, and determining the best location to find your next lifer.
Merlin Bird ID is a smartphone app that makes field identification much easier. With this app you can look up pictures, sounds, range maps, and basic information of any species, identify a bird using behavior and physical characteristics, and identify a bird in a picture. The app is completely free to use and very user-friendly!
BirdCast is a brand new website that displays a forecast of bird migration for anywhere in the country. Using weather patterns and NOAA Doppler radar, scientists can predict the intensity of bird migration, so you know which days during migration will be the best to go out and see many species of migrating birds.
Chapter business (including brief elections for the 2019-2020 activity year) and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. at Kennedy Library, followed by Alex’s program at 7:15.
NOTE: This is our last program meeting for the summer. We’ll be on hiatus during July and August, then return in September with our annual fall picnic.