Speaker: Jake Henry is new to the Savannah area, working as the Field Manager for the Savannah Tree Foundation since August of 2018. In this position, Jake focuses on coordinating tree planting and volunteer events, as well as maintaining trees after planting. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Cornell University, and his Masters in Forestry from Mississippi State University. Jake’s experience with non-profit conservation organizations has helped shape how he not only conserves natural resources, but engages the community. Most recently, Jake also became an ISA Certified Arborist.
OAS Public Meeting:
First, Isaiah Scott, who was awarded a scholarship supported jointly by Georgia Ornithological Society and Ogeechee Audubon Society, will present his experiences this summer at the birding camp for teens at Audubon’s Hog Island in Maine.
The second part of our September meeting will be a brief instruction on eBird – the Basics. We will cover how to use eBird and Merlin ID apps. Bring your smart phones and please download the apps prior to the meeting. We will practice using these apps. This presentation is for novices to learn these apps.
Speaker: Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is an award-winning author and illustrator of two dozen picture books for children, infants to about eight years old. Her passion for nature and wildlife is reflected in many of her titles. Phyllis will be showing the steps of creating the art for her children’s books and talking about the research, writing and path to publication as well.
Speaker: Abby Sterling will discuss how the Georgia Coast provides critical habitat to many species of shorebirds that are experiencing significant population declines. Learn more as Abby highlights incredible stories and the conservation efforts underway to protect them.
Abby works as a shorebird biologist with Manomet’s Georgia Bight Shorebird Conservation Initiative. Manomet is a non-profit based in Massachusetts that uses science and partnerships to address conservation challenges throughout the hemisphere. Abby Sterling earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia, where she studied how habitat and landscape features influence beach nesting shorebirds and chick survival.
In this program Russ will give us an introduction to noise pollution, and its harmful impact on humans and wildlife. Human quality of life has diminished and we have been subconsciously conditioned to tolerate noise as a part of everyday life without realizing its impacts on our health and hearing. Ecosystems and wildlife diversity in urban and suburban environments have been altered as noise averse species have declined leaving only those which can still tolerate and communicate in spite of the noise pollution.
Ogeechee Audubon Society will be celebrating the culmination of the Year of the Bird with our Holiday Party.
Our celebration will feature a presentation by Diana Churchill on Winter Birds as a warm-up for our upcoming Christmas Birds Counts. We will then put our skills to the test in a friendly competition! In addition, we will conclude our raffle benefiting the Orphaned Bird Care Program.
Speaker: Larry Carlile
Larry’s presentation will discuss the recovery of the Fort Stewart red-cockaded woodpecker population and management activities that support other rare species on the Installation. Larry is an avid birder, is a member of Ogeechee Audubon Society, and is President of the Georgia Ornithological Society.
Larry Carlile is a graduate of the University of Georgia, D.B. Warnell School of Forestry (MS). He has been a Wildlife Biologist for the Department of Defense at Fort Stewart / Hunter Army Airfield for the past 24 years. Larry supervises a staff of nine wildlife biologists and is responsible for the management and monitoring of state and federally protected rare, threatened, and endangered species including the smooth coneflower, bald eagle, wood stork, eastern indigo snake, frosted flatwoods salamander, and red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as game species and sport fish within an active and dynamic military landscape.
Ogeechee Audubon Society Meeting
The Accidental Birder – Birds I Saw as I Traveled Through South Africa
There will be a raffle (supporting Orphan Bird Care) and we will be selling OAS pins