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NEWSLETTER,   October2005


MEETING…Monday, October 10, 7 pm, First Presbyterian Church.  The program will feature several of our own members presenting short seminars on selected bird species or bird behaviors.



      Cemetery walks continue; meet Russ Young at 8 am, Sunday, October 16.  Friends of Spring Hill will have additional tours and walks available in the afternoon.  Russ 925-5668

      Website features: photos from cemetery walks and hawk watch,


      Connie Bergmark manned a booth for the chapter at local nursery Valley Gardens’ Fall Fest, and so was one of the first to use our new chapter brochures for recruiting members.  For general info on the nursery,  see


      The chapter’s second annual “BIG SIT” birding competition is set for Sunday, October 9.  To RSVP, phone Cindy 586-4135.


      Wild birds at Wild Birds:  Three Rivers Avian Center, and some of its avian crew will visit Wild Birds Unlimited, Saturday, October 8, 12-4, Merritt Creek Shopping Center, Barboursville.


      DUES DUE…Please pay $6 dues to treasurer, at meeting, or to Bev Wright, 305 Mount View Drive, Chas., WV 25314.  Make checks to Handlan Chapter, Brooks Bird Club.


      Address… Do we have your current information?   Please make email or standard address corrections, also to Bev.



      October 8---TRAC at Wild Birds, Unltd.

      October 9---THE BIG SIT

      October 10---regular meeting, Handlan Chapter

      October 16---morning bird walk at Spring Hill Cemetery

      November 14---regular meeting, Handlan Chapter


**Special Section**

(Jim Waggy prepared this article in response to a request for details on an exciting resource.  He was a major help with arrangements for the acquisition of "Birds of North America."  All Handlan members are encouraged to use this information.)

     Birds of North America Online
     Is Now Available Through the WV Cultural Center Library

     The State Cultural Center Library is offering access to this terrific  information source at no cost to all WV residents age 14 or older.  It
normally costs $40/year for individuals to subscribe to BNAOnline.  All you  need to do is go to the library and sign up for one of their library cards.   They will then give you the password information so that you can access  BNAOnline from your home or work computer.

     The Birds of North America series contains the most comprehensive,  authoritative, up-to-date information about all species of birds that nest in North America.  This series is similarly ambitious to the collection of life histories put together by Arthur Cleveland Bent in the first half of the 20th century.  While the Bent series remains a timeless classic loaded with invaluable information, much has been learned about birds since its publication and the BNA series provides the best current information about every North American species.  Plus it offers extras such as video clips for many of the birds,  and it is constantly being updated to reflect the latest research.

     The State Cultural Center is located beside the west wing of the State Capitol.  Metered parking for visitors can be reached by using the
Greenbrier Street entrance to the Capitol Complex.  There are two libraries in the Cultural Center (State Archives is the other).  When you enter the building, go to the left, behind a partition, to get to the correct library. The library is open 8:30-5:00, Monday through Friday.  If the staff person on duty doesn't know the password information (most do), you can get that
from Jim Waggy once you have your card.

     The Cultural Center Library also has the print version of BNA in its reference section.  Use the index, located in the last of the boxed sets, to go directly to information about a particular species. The library also has some other excellent bird books, and Mary Hogue, the director of the library, has invited the Handlan Chapter to make recommendations for future acquisitions.  Mary, and the rest of the library staff, deserves great credit for making all of these significant resources available.



Handlan Chapter, contact:  Cindy Ellis 586-4135


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