It was standing room only at our November 17 meeting when more than 80 people attended Michael Oates' presentation. Mr. Oates showed his video "A Meeting of Migrations" and then answered questions from the audience. He demonstrated extensive knowledge of the redknot and horseshoe crab populations and the negative impact of climate change on their life cycles and migrations. This SBC meeting attracted a large crowd of nonmembers in partnership with the Lewes Library's "One Book One Community" initiative.
Don't miss the November 17 meeting of Sussex Bird Club at 2:00 p.m. at the the Lewes Library. Michael Oates, an award winning digital media storyteller, will present "A Meeting of Migrations." This fascinating video about the spring migrations of red knots and horseshoe crabs profiles the ecology of the horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon, the work of researchers, and the public's interaction with this annual event. More information about Mr. Oates and his digital media projects can be found at www.302stories.com. The public is welcome.
Take a break from the ordinary! We're planning two events on Oct. 13 in lieu of our regular monthly meeting. Weather permitting, we'll go birding at various sites around the Indian River Inlet followed by lunch at the Big Chill Beach Club. It's a family-friendly social occasion, so be prepared to mix, mingle, munch and more! Feel free to attend either or both events. Meet at the south side of Indian River inlet at 8:45 a.m. to bird the beach and inlet, then travel across Rt. 1 to the Burton Island causeway. Join us for lunch at the BCBC about 11:30 a.m. The Big Chill is open-air, so dress accordingly! State Park entry fee is in effect.
Ray Bryant's presentation at our September meeting was very well received. He told many fascinating stories about his experiences as a volunteer with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. He encouraged everyone to get involved as bird transporters and to donate to this worthwhile organization. SBC President Ruth Ann Kaufman is shown presenting a check to Ray Bryant, while program director Nancy Cunningham holds one of the items we donated to Tri-State.
Ray Bryant of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research will speak at our September meeting about his role as a Transporter and Re-Nesting Team member for Tri-State. In that capacity Ray travels about 10,000 miles a year, and with a team of local volunteers he has helped rescue and or re-nest over 1000 birds from Southern Delmarva over the last 5 years.Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is one of the premier wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States.
Please note the change of date and location for the Sussex Bird Club's May meeting!
We will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by SBC members Carol and Rob Blye on the trip they took with members John Long and Rob Schroeder, to Belize, Central America in February, 2019. Carol, John, and Rob Schroeder took many photographs which will be presented in addition to a discussion of locations, lodging, birds, meals and culture. The group saw over 250 species of birds, many of which are spectacularly beautiful and many of which were life birds.
Come meet award-winning local wildlife artist and "casual birder" Richard Clifton at our April meeting. He will be sharing slides and stories of his life and his amazing art. Visit www.richardclifton.com to learn more and view his "Gallery at Eastwind."
Meetings are held in The Moorings at Lewes auditorium at 2:00 p.m.
Join refuge programs volunteer, Bruce Lantz, for a program about many of the 35 mammal species documented on the refuges. The program will explore the presence and life cycles of many common mammals and examine the interdependence of mammal and bird species found on these two Delaware refuges.
Our guest speaker for February will be Dr. Michael Smith. The meeting is Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at The Moorings in Lewes.
"In January 2018, Mike Smith and his wife Christine celebrated his 60th birthday by visiting Christine's cousins in Santiago and Puerto Varas, Chile. Although not strictly a birding trip, between the one guided trip, several adventures planned by Christine's family, and a healthy dose of serendipity the result was a rewarding and memorable birding experience."
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 2 pm, come to the Moorings at Lewes to hear Ed Crawford's presentation on "Birding the Mayan Ruins of Yucatan from the Caribbean to Palenque." The two week trip in January and February 2018, combined exceptional birding with the exploration of four of the most fascinating cities in the Mayan world: Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Uxmal, Calakmul and Palenque. The presentation will combine great photos of the local birds as well as photos and information on Mayan civilization and the existing culture.
The 2018 Big Sit was a big success, despite the low tally of 49 species. Jim Reed, Ed Crawford and Alice Mohrman assembled at first light, but did not hear any owls or other night birds and had to settle for a beautiful sunrise. The birds were pretty scarce all day, but on the positive side, we did get a Philadelphia Vireo thanks to the sharp eyes and ID skills of Jim Reed, our coordinator. Joe Swertinski ID'd a Parasitic Jaeger that was interested in a huge mixed flock of gulls. All day huge numbers of Tree Swallows could be observed in the distance and, on occasion, filled the skies directly overhead. We also identified 3 Wood Ducks on the Bay, a Scarlet Tanager, 7 Bald Eagles, and a Peregrine Falcon. Not a big list of species, but everyone had a lot of fun. Click here for more details and photos.
Let's get social and have fun as we enjoy feathers, friends, and food! The Sussex Bird Club is sponsoring a Big Sit to be held on Sunday, October 14 at Herring Point at Cape Henlopen State Park. The Big Sit!is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event. The CHSP gate will be open about 7 a.m. and park fees apply! Bring your binos, scope, lawn chair, skills, and something to eat and share. Plan on spending all day or a just a few hours to support the effort and help ID as many birds as possible. This event will be in lieu of the regular October meeting.
Have you ever wondered what a nature and birding trip to South Africa might be like? Come find out at our next meeting on Sunday, September 9 when Rob and Carol Blye will present photos and highlights of their recent trip to South Africa with Rockjumper Tours.
Meetings are held in the auditorium at The Moorings in Lewes (formerly Cadbury) at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!