Three-for-one at bird club gathering

White-winged tanager photographed by Lauren Miller-Donnelly. White-winged tanager photographed by Lauren Miller-Donnelly.

White-winged tanager photographed by Lauren Miller-Donnelly.

White-winged tanager photographed by Lauren Miller-Donnelly.

The Paskakamansett Bird Club’s January meeting will take place Wednesday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth.

This is “Members’ Night” and, after a brief business meeting, three club members will present slides and discussions of their recent birding  — on three different continents.

Close to home, Dan Logan will provide a preview of his presentation (coming up soon), focusing on Bristol County birds.

Farther afield, club President Lauren Miller-Donnelly will provide highlights from tropical bird research at Las Tangaras Reserve just outside of Mindo, Ecuador, where she spent much of the month of December 2013.

And Norman Buck will give us a taste of his trip — he too just returned — to South Africa, with a more extensive report coming later. This will be a diverse program with plenty of time for questions and comments.

All three presenters are active members of the local birding community. Mr. Logan is a professional writer and photographer who will show some of his images from the last year to illustrate the diversity of birds that live in or pass through southeastern Massachusetts. In what almost by accident turned into a “Bristol County Big Year,” Dan photographed more than 230 bird species within the county.

Ms. Miller-Donnelly is the property manager for Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond and Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuaries, where she also runs the Young Birders Club. She regularly leads birding trips for the Paskamansett, and as president has spearheaded the club’s successful, 50th Anniversary year.

Mr. Buck lives in Westport where he has seen 154 bird species from his house, including a recent Snowy Owl. He returned from Africa in late December and will provide a sampling from the southern African bush.

Refreshments and conversation will follow the presentation. The meeting is free, open to the public, and accessible.

 

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