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see details + ASCR Board Meeting
Five Rivers Environmental Center in Delmar NY

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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see details + Chapter Supporters and Audubon Members Annual Meeting and Public Program
Location:  Mabee Farm Historic Site, Education Center, 1100 Main St, Rotterdam Jct, NY 12150
Time: 1:00pm - Presentation starts!

Can Schenectady, NY be a home for Peregrine Falcons? Two have been observed flying above Schenectady recently and one resided on an upper ledge of the Parker Inn on Broadway during the spring and summer of 2015.

Mathew Perry of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project will share a fascinating presentation on his work fostering the first and second pairs of Peregrine Falcons to nest and fledge young in downtown Utica, NY.
Peregrine Falcons started to be seen in Downtown Utica in the mid-1990s, but it wasn’t until 2007 that a territorial pair was first identified.

*ASCR Chapter Supporters: After the presentation, we invite Audubon members, ASCR Chapter Supporters, and ’Not-Yet-Chapter Supporters’ to a  mixer and bird trivia event with Schenectady County Historical Society members!

Matt Perry’s Bio:

Matt Perry is the Conservation Director and Resident Naturalist for Spring Farm CARES in Clinton, NY, where he oversees habitat restoration projects at a 260 acre nature preserve. Matt writes monthly nature themed articles for Mohawk Valley Living Magazine and is the Region 5 editor for the Kingbird, which is the quarterly journal of the New York State Ornithological Association. Matt is also the President and co-founder of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project, which is dedicated to safeguarding and monitoring breeding Peregrine Falcons in Utica, New York.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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see details + Hudson Valley Bald Eagles

Join us at  the East Greenbush Library (not Peebles Island State Park Visitors Center) on Saturday, January 7 for Hudson Valley Bald Eagles entitled Hudson Valley Bald Eagles: Our Greatest Ecological Recovery and for the Introduction to the Bald Eagle Nest Watch program.

Since 1782, the Bald Eagle has been our national bird. However, the last 230 years have been difficult for them. During this presentation, we will travel across those centuries to see how the Bald Eagle evolved from an honored symbol to a target for human ignorance and neglect.  This downward spiral culminated in the mid-20th century with their extirpation from New York State from the effects of DDT. They were subsequently placed on the Federal Endangered Species List.  The final chapter in this story finds the Bald Eagle rising from near ruin to their present day abundance, and a recovery so complete that you may see an eagle any day of the year, anywhere in the Hudson Valley.

This will also serve as an introduction to the ASCR’s new Bald Eagle Nest Watch program where you will learn more about how to become a citizen scientist to help conserve the next generation of Bald Eagles. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided during the talk. 

Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist for the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation, will be the guest speaker for this program. In addition to his ongoing work with eagles, he has compiled and edited the Hudson River Almanac, a weekly natural history journal, for 20 years.  He also teaches Anthropology and Archaeology at SUNY Dutchess Community College.

This event is free and open the Public, but registration is required.  Please contact the Library at  518-708-7825 or email Drew Cashman at for more information and to register.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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