In search of the Bicknell's Thrush / A pre-dawn hike up hunter mountain with Steve Chorvas
The Bicknell's Thrush has one of the most restrictive breeding grounds of any North American bird. They also have an unusual mating system — both males and females mate with different partners. Each nest has young from different males, and males may have young in several nests. Some areas of the Catskill Mountains contain the elevation and ecosystem this bird prefers.
This year, with the guidance of Steve Chorvas, a group will head up Hunter Mountain in search of the Thrush's pre-dawn song.
what the hell is a warbler / with scott whittle
Warblers can be confusing little buggers. Twenty + varieties nest and breed in the Catskills, and telling them apart is challenging.
But more than that, what differentiates warblers from the other chirpers and peepers flitting around out there?
Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson have spent countless hours parsing these, and other Warbler mysteries, and will let us in on a few of their insights and discoveries.
Birdsong Workshop / in the field with Tom Stephenson
This workshop will start inside with a review of bird songs and then the group will go on a short walk to improve their ability to identify birds by their song.
peregrine falcons / Chris Nadareski
In the 1970's, the Peregrine Falcon, or Falco peregrinus from the Latin for wandering, was placed on the endangered species list. Their populations across North America were depleted during the 1950's and 1960's, primarily because of the introduction of many chemicals, such as organochlorine pesticides. These toxic substances would harm the reproductive cycle of the falcon, preventing it from being able to hatch healthy young. To prevent the species from becoming extinct, falcons were bred in captivity and released into the wild.
Today, Peregrine Falcons are making a comeback in New York City. We currently know of 16 falcon couples, or 32 falcons total, that live year-round in unique places throughout the City such as on top of bridges, church steeples and high-rise buildings. While this comeback has been years in the making, it is possible that the goal of restoring the falcon population will finally be achieved, due to efforts of people like DEP scientist, Chris Nadareski.
Beginning Birding / Jamie Dappen + John Thompson
Jamie + John will introduce the basic skills of birdwatching in the field, focusing on habitats, behaviors and characteristics of birds along with resources and guides needed to enjoy observing them.