ASCR Programs
  Albany Rural Cemetery Bird Walk - April 21, 2018 : 7:30 AM

On Saturday April 21, the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, in collaboration with the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery, will conduct a spring bird walk in Albany Rural Cemetery (ARC). The Cemetery covers over 467 acres of rolling hills and streams. This city of the dead is home to over 135, 000 people, including a president and many other important people. The Cemetery is located in Menands, NY.

Check-in will start at 7:15am and the walk will get underway at 7:30am begining at the chapel. In prior years, more than 30 different species of birds have been seen and heard as we walk through the Cemetery grounds. In addition to guided bird identification, historical narratives of some of the historic and interesting people buried in ARC will be provided as we walk through the historic grounds. Wear your walking shoes and be prepared to walk. You also may want to bring binoculars and bug spray (just in case). Call the Cemetery Office at (518) 463-7017 to reserve a spot. A $10 donation is recommended for the bird walk to support the  Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery.

  The Adirondack Archipelago: Bird Evolution at the Edge of the Boreal Forest - April 26, 2018 : 7:00 PM

Location: The Old Chapel, at the end of Liberty Lane @ Union College Schenectady, NY

The great swath of spruce-fir forest that stretches from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes reaches its southern limit in the mountains of New York. Here you find the southern outpost for the Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell’s Thrush, and other boreal forest specialists, their populations isolated as if on an archipelago of islands that rise above a sea of temperate deciduous forest. The evolution of these bird populations is the focus of research led by Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum. In this talk, Kirchman will describe his work catching and sampling birds in the field and sequencing their genes in the DNA lab, examining the geographic patterns of genetic diversity in the boreal forest archipelagos of northeastern North America.

Dr. Jeremy Kirchman has been Curator of Birds at the New York State Museum and Affiliate Professor of Biology at the State University of New York at Albany since 2006. Kirchman grew up in Illinois and first became interested on ornithology during a summer job in the Ozark Mountains in 1993,and has been studying birds ever since. Kirchman earned a BA in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1994, and a MS in zoology from Louisiana State University in 1997. It was at LSU that he first became interested in museum specimen collections. From 1997-2001 he worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL, and in 2006 he completed his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.

  Schodack Island S.P. Raptor Fest! - May 19, 2018 : 10 AM - 4 PM


  Landis Arboretum Native Plant Sale Day Su - May 20, 2018
“ASCR tabling”. Fred Breglia on behalf of ASCR
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