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Kate Garchinsky - Secret Life of the Red Fox
November 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in Edgmont, PA. Her picture book, "The Secret Life of the Red Fox," written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, released this year and received a starred review from School Library Journal. In 2015 Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has spent time researching and illustrating extinction stories the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet.
Kate recently completed two more narrative non-fiction kids' books, including a book about the little brown bat, and Rob Bierregaard's kidlit debut, "Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight." Both will release in 2018.
Get to know more about Kate and her bird art projects at KateGarchinsky.com.
In this visual presentation, local bird artist and children's illustrator, Kate Garchinsky, will lead us through the creation of her narrative non-fiction books for children. She'll share her step-by-step process, from field research to messy sketches, and final color art. We'll also see some sneak previews of her and Rob Bierregaard's upcoming book about osprey migration.
Signed books and fine art prints will be available for purchase or pre-order for the holidays. For a price list and previews, send an email to email@example.com.
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November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
Harper’s and Andorra Meadow
Saturday November 4th Meet at the Tree House 8:00-11:00am
A diversity of habitats for a diversity of late fall migrants!
November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheet Metal Workers International Association, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Speaker: Neil Hayward - ABA Big Year Birder and author of "Lost Among the Birds - Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year"
Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn't want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn't want to think about his failed relationship with "the one" or his potential for ruining a new relationship with "the next one." And he almost certainly didn't want to think about turning forty. And so instead he went birding.
Birding was a lifelong passion. It was only among the birds that Neil found a calm that had eluded him in the confusing world of humans. But this time he also found competition. His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year--a race to find the most birds in one year. His peregrinations across twenty-eight states and six provinces in search of exotic species took him to a hoarfrost-covered forest in Massachusetts to find a Fieldfare; to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to see a rare Nutting's Flycatcher; and to Vancouver for the Red-flanked Bluetail. Neil's Big Year was as unplanned as it was accidental: It was the perfect distraction to life.
Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of bird and breaking the long-standing Big Year record. He also surprised himself: During his time among the hummingbirds, tanagers, and boobies, he found a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his place in it.
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NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL BANDING for Young Birders and Families!
November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - November 18, 2017 12:00 am
Hidden Valley Banding station in Schuylkill Haven, PA
Cindy Ahern has arranged a visit to attend a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program at Scott Weidensaul’s Hidden Valley Banding station in Schuylkill Haven, PA, during saw-whet owl migration.
The banding station is located in the general area of Hawk Mountain (it is a little further west), and is approximately a 2 hour drive from the Philadelphia area.
Visitors should arrive between 6-6:30 PM for orientation - nets are checked every hour on the hour until midnight. When owls are caught in the mist nets, they are brought inside to demonstrate the banding process, which includes a general examination to determine age, weight, fat reserves, sex, eye color, and wing and bill length, banding the owl with a federal band, then releasing the owl. You may leave at any time - no need to stay until midnight if owls are caught during an earlier net check.
FYI – this year is expected to be a very poor Northern Saw-whet Owl flight – a low point in the cycle following a strong flight last year. The new moon phase for this date is favorable, although a few weeks past the normal peak. This does not mean we will not see any owls, but there are no guarantees. The banding will be cancelled in the event of foul weather.
Registrations are required, and space is limited. Young bird enthusiasts receive priority registration, based on a first- come, first-served basis.
There is NO FEE to attend the banding demonstration, but please consider making a donation to "adopt" an owl in support of Northern Saw-whet Owl research: http://www.nedsmithcenter.org/adopt-an-owl-and-help-nscna-research/
Waggoners Gap rescheduled
November 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch, Waggoners Gap Rd, Landisburg, PA 17040, USA
This trip has been rescheduled from Saturday due to the rainy forecast. Hopefully this will make for fantastic migration on Sunday. We hope to see golden eagles and goshawks!
Eagles at Conowingo Dam (Maryland)
November 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conowingo Dam, Darlington, MD 21034, USA
This time of year hundreds of Eagles gather below the dam to fish and interact. Also an excellent spot for photography. Meet near the concession stand near the dam. We will also visit some other birding spots south along the river.
Meet 9AM at the Conowingo Dam for prime Eagle viewing.
Leader Cliff Hence cwhenceiii (at )aol.com
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members alike.