From Wendy Tocci and Anne Swaim, Regional Coordinators, Hudson region
The third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas has officially begun! We hope that you will join thousands of other birders in documenting the state’s breeding species over the next five years! Working together with the Atlas Steering Committee, Atlas Project Coordinator Julie Hart, and a team of regional coordinators, Anne Swaim and I will be coordinating Atlas activities in the Hudson region. I will be the point of contact for Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan and Northern Orange Counties. Anne will be taking responsibility for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Southern Orange County. If you’re interested in learning more you can attend the Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop being held at Hasbrouck Park in Kingston, NY, on Thursday, January 16 from 6 to 8 pm (details here). All are welcome! Because the breeding season of many species starts later in the spring, there will be more Atlas training workshops and other opportunities to learn more about Atlas goals and how atlasing works. *
Next year, Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art (Canton, Massachusetts) will be hosting its fifth annual youth bird art exhibition, Taking Flight. The contest will be accepting submissions from January 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020. For more information, visit the exhibition’s webpage. A flyer is available here.
The goal of this exhibition is to create a greater awareness and appreciation for birds while fostering the development of young artists and sharing their work with the public. The Taking Flight contest is open to young artists age 4 to 18 of all skill levels.
Owing to the impending changes at Yahoo Groups, we are in the process of moving our email discussion group over to Groups.io. To subscribe to the discussion group there, you’ll first need to set up a Groups.io account—all you need is your email address (any email address) and a password. Once your account is set up, find the Mearns Club group by clicking on the button below. On the page that opens up, you’ll be able to request to join the group.
Once your request is approved, you can go to the Subscription tab and specify how you’d like to receive group messages—for example, as individual messages, a digest, or not at all if you prefer to read the messages on the website.
Anyone can join the email discussion group at Groups.io. You do not need to be a member of the Mearns Club, although we encourage you to join. We welcome new members!