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We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Most meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics - not just birds. Check out our Calendar of Events and join the fun!
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Watch our calendar for special events throughout the year!
May 18, 2018 - Your donations are taking root! These new educational signs were recently "planted" in Kutzky Park (Warblers) and at Indian Heights Park (A Walk In The Woods). Sandy Hokanson designed the signs for ZVAS, your donations paid for production, and the frames were made by Rochester Park & Rec (who also put them up). Additional signs will soon go up in Oxbow Park, Chester Woods, and Hok-Si-La Park in Lake City. Many thanks to everyone who helped with this project!
May 13, 2018 - Hok-Si-La & Sand Point Field Trip - Nine birders came along on our all day field trip today. It was cloudy and chilly in the morning followed by a beautiful sunny afternoon. We saw 18 species of warblers (including the elusive Prothonotary at Sand Point) and at least 61 total species - see the complete list and more photos in our Facebook album here.
May 12, 2018 - Plummer House Walk - 5 birders met early this morning to look for migrants at Plummer House. While this location is often great for warblers, it was awfully slow this morning. Oh well.. at least the weather was beautiful. We had fun watching the group of turkey vultures that often roost there wake up as the sun came up. We also had good looks at Tennessee warblers, american redstarts, magnolia warblers, and black-and-white warblers.
May 8, 2018 - Kestrel box Update - Great news! We have kestrel activity at the nest boxes we put up this spring near Silver Creek Farms on the road between QHNC and the Silver Creek reservoir, and in the SE corner of Chester Woods. Thank you John Ryder for monitoring the nest boxes and getting these great photos.
First Annual BIG Birding Day - May 5, 2018
We held our very first Big Birding Day on Saturday May 5, 2018 with an ambitious schedule to visit 5 local parks and tally as many species as we could find. The weather was sunny and warm with temps in the 60s in the morning and 80 in the afternoon. Approximately 60 people came and went during the day - with many participating at all 5 locations. Altogether we found at least 87 different species. See more here:
April 27, 2018 - Arbor Day - We interacted with and entertained hundreds of kids today. The two bird wheels were spinning non-stop for most of the two hours of the event. Thanks to Joan, Greg, Joyce and Lance who manned the wheels and handed out the stickers and bookmarks we gave as prizes. New this year were wood disc necklaces. Thanks to Sandy B. and her neighbor for cutting and drilling all the discs. They came in 7 kinds - birch, buckthorn, cedar, cherry, maple, oak, and poplar. It is interesting to see the contrast between the different kinds of wood. Thanks to Carmen and Jenny for helping at the last minute, getting the yarn cords threaded on - in less than 24 hours notice! We gave out around 400 in about 1 hour, and could have given out many more. Thanks to Cindy and Samantha for managing the crowds of kids.
Submitted by Joel Dunnette / Photos by Joel Dunnette
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