Membership Meeting – Thursday, January 16, 2020

Birding in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – Pat Pourchot

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

We have never had an Audubon program on Antarctica and The Southern Ocean, and Pat Pourchot has stepped up to the plate. On Thursday, January 16, he’ll present a fabulous evening featuring birds from his 2019 voyage and tour of Tierra del Fuego, The Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica.

Pat spent eight years as a legislator in the Alaska State House and State Senate, as Legislative Director and Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources for Governor Tony Knowles, and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska Affairs.

His birding prowess is legendary, and we always look forward to his knowledge and expertise.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 20, 2020

Birding in the Middle of the Bering Sea:  St.Paul Island

with Sulli Gibson

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

Get ready for another spectacular Audubon treat, when Sulli Gibson presents a fabulous evening with a focus on the flora and fauna, history, and experience of visiting the largest Pribilof Island: St. Paul.

There will be a distinct emphasis on the unique birding experience of the island, from the seabird cliffs all the way to finding and predicting vagrants. There may be a perk for those that attend and are interested in visiting the island!

Sulli Gibson grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago (Go Cubs!)

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tanzania – Birding and the Big 5 – Max & Ellen Schwenne

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

“Tanzania – Birding and the Big 5” is a photo essay focusing on birds and iconic African mammals in Tanzania. Pictures from Tarangire National Park, the Mara River, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the Serengeti and Lake Natron will be shown. The photographs were taken during safaris in September and December 2018.

Max and Ellen Schwenne have lived in Eagle River, Alaska for 35 years. Ellen started birding as a child with her father in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012 Ellen convinced Max to go on a 3 week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Max picked up Ellen’s camera, started photographing birds, and was instantly hooked.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 18, 2018

Adventures in the Amazon  – Andrew Fisher

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Come join Andrew Fisher on October 18 for an adventure into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. He will take you on photographic boat trip into the world renowned Manu National Park to explore the wildlife along the Madre de Dios River. From the crazy-looking “punk chicken” (aka hoatzin) to a family of giant river otters, this evening will peak your curiosity into wildlife which inhabit the “lungs-of-the-earth”.

And of course, cookies will be served.  We hope to see you there.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018:  7:00 pm

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, November 15, 2018

Birding Hyder, in a Cadillac – W. Keys

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

It was the weirdest birding road trip ever.  Anchorage Audubon’s Commander-In-Chief, W. Keys, tagged along with 3 extremely hot shot birders for a week-long birding extravaganza in Hyder, Alaska. The town at the absolute end of the road had never seen a carload of birders arrive in a sparkling white Cadillac Sedan DeVille.  There were Lifers galore, crusty Alaskan Sourdoughs, Polite Canadians, Poutine, and more Lifers.  Hear the tale of how Keys, Thede, Gary, and Ed narrowly escaped death by electrocution, bears, wolves, and an overly friendly Brown-headed Cowbird!

We’d love to have you join us for Hyder birding secrets and a fabulous assortment of cookies.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, December 13, 2018

Steve Amstrup from Polar Bears International  – Thursday, December 13, 2018

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our December 13th Program will be an extra-special treat.

Steve Amstrup, Chief Scientist for Polar Bears International, will be in town and will honor us with a talk on “The Current Status and Threats to the Future Welfare of Polar Bears.”

Steve has spent years studying Polar Bears in the Alaskan Arctic for the USGS. He’ll summarize what is known about the current status of Polar Bears throughout the Arctic.

Steve is one of a small number of scientists who have been closer to these magnificent creatures than almost anyone on the planet.

We couldn’t be more pleased to have him as our special guest star speaker on December 13th.

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Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 15, 2018


Christmas Bird Count 2018 and Tally Potluck Chili Feed

 at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd – 5:30 PM

WELCOME TO THE ANCHORAGE AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2018

Anchorage Audubon Society sponsors the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count each year in December. Anchorage is divided into 5 Areas and those areas are further divided into teams, each led by an experienced birder. Most participants prefer to do the count in the area of their home which is familiar, but some have chosen other areas.

If you are interested in joining the count this year on Saturday, December 15th, and have not participated in the past or want to change your area, please look at the attached map to determine the area of your choice.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bird Photography 101 – Jamin Taylor

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Local nature and wildlife photographer Jamin Hunter Taylor will present an informative lecture on the finer points of bird photography.  This lecture is part of his Bird Photography Boot camp that he offers in the spring but will be sharing it with the Anchorage Audubon Society.  You will learn some of his refined tools, tips, and techniques for getting stunning bird photos. This lecture will cover apparel, field gear, what makes a good composition, what photos to keep and which to delete, and much more. This lecture will also include a slide show of some of his favorite bird photos and the story behind them.

 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nome Birding Year-Round  – Lynn Barber

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our February program which should  be a special treat for anyone who has ever wanted to visit the Birding Gold Mine of Nome, Alaska. Lynn Barber made an incredible 11 birding trips to Nome during 2018, and she’ll share her photos of the birds, mammals and scenery with us on February 21.

As the seasons unfolded she drove along the three main roads that lead out of Nome to Council, the Kougarok River and Teller. She documented the arrivals and departures of migrant, breeding and wintering birds, including McKay’s and Snow Buntings, huge flocks of geese and ducks in summer, and mixed gull flocks in early winter.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 21, 2019

How to be a Better Birder

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

The Spring Birding Season is right around the corner, and the Anchorage Audubon Society’s March program is going to be fabulous. We’ve gathered a truly phenomenal panel for our Seventh annual forum on “How to Be a Better Birder.”

Thede Tobish, Pat Pourchot, and Andrew Fisher will share their knowledge, tips, and techniques in order to help the rest of us see more birds. This is an opportunity to go to school with the big guys.

Thede, Pat, and Andrew are among Alaska’s most highly respected birders, and when the rest of us see one of them in action, we always seem to ask ourselves the same question: “How the heck did he know That?”

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 18, 2019 (canceled)

Beginning Birding Class (canceled)

The Perfect Opportunity to Learn

What This Crazy Addiction Is All About!

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 AAS Beginning Birding Class scheduled for Thursday, April 18th has been canceled and will not be re-scheduled.  There will be no AAS membership meeting for April 18th.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you know someone who was planning on going and might not see this notice, please let them know that the event has been canceled.  Thanks.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to learn what birding is all about, we will present a course in “Birding for Beginners” at Anchorage Audubon’s April Meeting.

This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about Birds and Birding from the beginning, and it’s just in time for our Spring Migration arrivals.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 17, 2019

Membership Meeting  – Thursday, October 17, 2019

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

We’re not quite sure about the presentation just yet, but we are sure that it will be both educational AND entertaining.

Come and join us and your birding pals for an evening.

 

 

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Thursday, October 17, 2019:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

 


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Membership Meeting – Thursday, November 21, 2019

Membership Meeting  – Thursday, November 21, 2019

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

We’re not quite sure about the presentation just yet, but we are sure that it will be both educational AND entertaining.

Come and join us and your birding pals for an evening.

 

 

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, November 21, 2019:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

 


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Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 16, 2017


Christmas Bird Count 2017 and Tally Potluck Chili Feed

 at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd – 5:30 PM

WELCOME TO THE ANCHORAGE AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2017

Anchorage Audubon Society sponsors the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count each year in December. Anchorage is divided into 5 Areas and those areas are further divided into teams, each led by an experienced birder. Most participants prefer to do the count in the area of their home which is familiar, but some have chosen other areas.

If you are interested in joining the count this year on Saturday, December 16th, and have not participated in the past or want to change your area, please look at the attached map to determine the area of your choice.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, December 14, 2017

Birding Southeastern Arizona – A Birders Paradise for all Seasons – Andrew Fisher

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Southeastern Arizona is one of the top birding destinations in North America for its wide variety of regional endemics and Mexican vagrants. From easy to access Madera Canyon, to the mysterious rock formations of the Chiricahua Mountains, Southeastern Arizona is a place full of adventure, excitement, and some serious 3rd world road conditions.

Whether you want to experience this area by falling asleep to Elf Owls calling above your tent, being awoken to the raspy voice of the Mexican jay, or by staying in one of the many bed and breakfasts in the region, this area can accommodate all types.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas – presented by Audubon Alaska

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, October 19, for Anchorage Audubon’s October general membership meeting when Audubon Alaska will present their new Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas.

Who was Vitus Bering, what kind of name is Chukchi, and is Beaufort pronounced “buuefort”, “bowefort”, or “bowfort”? If you want the answers to these important questions (and many others), then you’ll want to attend our October, 2017 Anchorage Audubon Society membership meeting.

 

“Audubon Alaska’s Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas takes you on a scientific journey through natural history and ecological relationships in the Arctic marine environment.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, November 16, 2017

Unfortunately the November 16 AAS meeting has been canceled

The Mysteries of American Dippers in Portage Valley

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our November program is going to be greatDr. Douglas Causey (Biology Professor and Senior Arctic Advisor to the Chancellor at UAA) has been researching American Dippers for four (4) years with two (2) of his students, Rachel Jones and Saige Thomas.

On Thursday evening, November 16, we get the benefit of this research when they’ll tell us all about the Mysteries of American Dippers in the Portage Valley.  It’ll be better than an Agatha Christie novel!

Everybody loves Dippers!  They’re cute and they’re weird—what more could you ask for in a bird species? 

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, January 18, 2018

Some Birds of Eastern Australia

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, January 18, for Anchorage Audubon’s January general membership meeting where Anchorage Audubon’s own Vivian Mendenhall will regale us with all she knows about birding Eastern Australia.

Australia has 850 species of beautiful birds, from parrots to pardalotes, and from frigatebirds to friarbirds. Most are not related to North American species. Vivian Mendenhall has birded all over the eastern half of Australia. In this program she’ll show photos of Australia’s birds and their habitats, and will tell us about their ecology and behavior.

Please join us on Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting.  The dazzling colors of Australia’s birds are the perfect antidote to cold, dark, and gray….and

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Mysteries of American Dippers in Portage Valley

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our February program is going to be greatDr. Douglas Causey (Biology Professor and Senior Arctic Advisor to the Chancellor at UAA) has been researching American Dippers for four (4) years with two (2) of his students, Rachel Jones and Saige Thomas.

On Thursday evening, February 15, we get the benefit of this research when they’ll tell us all about the Mysteries of American Dippers in the Portage Valley.  It’ll be better than an Agatha Christie novel!

Everybody loves Dippers!  They’re cute and they’re weird—what more could you ask for in a bird species?  “Well we want to learn about birds with cool nicknames” you ask?  

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 15, 2018

Using Citizen Science to Study Boreal Bird in Southcentral Alaska:  Birds ‘n’ Bogs at Age 5

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, March 15, for Anchorage Audubon’s March general membership meeting when Audrey Taylor, a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UAA will talk about her Birds ‘n’ Bogs Program

Audrey started Birds ’n’ Bogs with Audubon Alaska in 2013. Since then, several hundred volunteers have put in several thousand hours of survey effort, to what end?

Come find out what Birds ’n’ Bogs has revealed about our boreal wetland birds in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley over the last five years, and what plans are in place for the program in the future.

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