The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will meet Monday, April 21st, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Charleston Public Library. There will be an Executive Committee meeting at 6:00. Doug Jolley will present a program entitled, Native Orchids - From Newfoundland to North Carolina. Doug has previously presented programs to our club about WV orchids and California orchids, so this one will cover a broader range of Appalachian orchids. Doug travels the country and takes exceptionally beautiful photographs of these flowers, which he'll use to illustrate his talk. Refreshments will be provided by Don and Martha Shearer.
The migrants are returning in bright breeding-plumage and full-throated song. I (Jim Waggy) will lead a bird walk at Kanawha State Forest on Saturday, April 19th, at 8:00 a.m. Meet at the gravel parking area, not far past the KSF entrance, on the left side of the road, near the spillway at the lower end of the pond. (925-6379)
On the following Saturday, April 26th, the Osbra Eye Nature Walks will be held at Kanawha State Forest. There will be walks for both beginning and advanced birders, as well as walks with wildflower and other nature themes. Meet at the swimming pool parking lot between 9 and 9:30 a.m. for registration ($5 for adults) and the walks go until 12:30, with modestly priced food available for lunch.
On Sunday, May 4th, Russ Young will lead a bird walk at the Spring Hill Cemetary. Meet at the parking area near the cemetary office at 8:00 a.m. (925-5668)
We'll have our Handlan Century Count on Saturday, May 10th, where we try to collectively identify more than 100 species of birds on this one day. Anywhere in the greater Kanawha Valley/Ohio Valley region where you can find birds is fair game, whether at feeders or in the wild, and the idea is to search a variety of habitats - forests, fields, shrubby edge areas, wetlands, ponds, and rivers. Many of you have regular places that you go for this count. This is a good learning opportunity. Let me know if you'd like to go along with a group of experienced birders.
See you Monday!
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