The Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will have our annual
Christmas dinner on Monday, December 10th, at 6:30 p.m. at the
downtown Shoney's. This restaurant is located on the Kanawha
Boulevard (a four-lane road which runs along the Kanawha River,
in front of the State Capitol), close to where the Boulevard
crosses a bridge over the Elk River. There is a buffet
available (each member pays the modest cost of their own meal),
and we'll be in a separate room. We will conduct some club
business (such as planning for the CBC), share birding
observations, and there will be plenty of opportunities for
socializing. We won't have our normal monthly meeting at the
library in December.
Christmas Bird Count
The CBC is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th. We'll be
talking about and planning for the CBC at our Christmas dinner.
If you won't be at the dinner, but would like to participate in
the CBC, call Marilyn Morton (727-5077), who is coordinating the
All counters are invited to the Morton's home that evening for
dinner, after dusk brings an end to the counting, where we'll
consume good food, compile results, and share stories from the
day. If you need directions to their home, you can get them at
our Christmas dinner, or you can obtain them from Marilyn.
Russ Young will lead a bird walk this Sunday, December 9th, at
the Spring Hill Cemetery in Charleston. Meet in the parking
area near the main office at 8:00 a.m. This is good opportunity
to get in some winter birding practice and get ready for the CBC.
For more information, contact Russ at 925-5668.
The Handlan Executive Committee voted to make a $100 donation to
the Center for Conservation Biology, which is headed by Dr.
Bryan Watts, the former Handlan member who gave an outstanding
presentation about Bald Eagles at our October meeting. The
Center is involved in many ornithological research programs and
conservation programs, primarily in the mid-Atlantic region of
the U.S. They are at the center of Peregrine Falcon hacking
efforts in the New River Gorge.
Don't forget that our January meeting will be on the second
Monday, January 14th, since the library will be closed on the
third Monday for a holiday. There's been a switch in the
program schedule, and Doug Wood and Diane Anestis will be
presenting the January program about their most recent canoe
trip in Canada.
See you Monday!
- Jim -