Meetings

Blue Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings, from New York State Museum, “Annual report” (1902), Biodiversity Heritage Library

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COVID-19 Guidelines

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Please do not attend meetings if you aren’t feeling well or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the Blooming Grove Senior Center at 4 Horton Road in Blooming Grove. The senior center, and its parking lot, are behind the Blooming Grove Police Department.

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Meeting Dates

General meetings of the Mearns Club are held at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of every month from September through May (except February). At club meetings, a club member or an outside speaker gives a presentation about his or her birding travels or studies.

February 2023: No meeting

CancelledMarch 13, 2023: Exploring the Hudson River

Presented by Scott Stoner and Denise Hackett-Stoner.

April 10, 2023: Birding New York City

Join freelance photographer Deborah Allen for a photographic tour of birds and birding in New York City.

Gray-hooded Gull. Photo by Deborah Allen.

May 8, 2023: The Breeding Biology of Birds, Douglas Robinson, PhD

Spring is the breeding season for many birds, but what does breeding entail? Before nestlings can be produced, a lot has to happen! From claiming territories to enticing a partner to raising young, Dr. Robinson’s presentation will cover the basics, the mysteries, and the complexities of avian reproduction of some common, and not-so-common, birds of the Hudson Valley. 

Dr. Robinson is an associate professor of biology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. He conducts behavioral and population biology research on birds and has spent decades following American Crows and their lives. His experiences have taken him around the world and include long-term stays on remote islands investigating seabird foraging biology, as well as supporting the well-being of Kākāpō in New Zealand. Dr. Robinson teaches courses in ecology, anatomy and physiology, and evolution, as well as the conservation biology of New Zealand flora and fauna.

June 10, 2023 (rain date June): Annual club picnic

Meet at 12 noon at the picnic area in Winding Hills County Park in Montgomery, NY (follow the arrows after you enter the park). Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. Bring a chair and something to share. If you have any questions, call Linda Strohl (845-496-3021) or Tracy Patsch (845-255-5840). Hope to see you there!

Common Eiders, Cape Ann
Photo by Karen Miller
Solitary Sandpiper, Stewart State Forest
Photo by Bill Fiero

Program Chair

Are you interested in making a presentation to our club? If so, please contact Program Chair Don Aitchison at jdaitchison73@gmail.com. A small stipend is available for nonmembers.

Red-throated Loon, George’s Island Park. Photo by Maryangela Buskey.