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February 10, 2021

Winter Raptors

Winter provides good opportunities to see visiting migrants and many of the resident raptors that inhabit our region.  The talk focuses on the various hawk and owl species to be found in New Jersey during this season. Field marks and behaviors that aid in their identification and details about their lives will be presented using live birds and a PowerPoint presentation.

Giselle Smisko is the director of the Avian Wildlife Center in Sussex County.  The Center rehabilitates injured and orphaned native birds and conducts research on birds and their habitats.  She has studied raptors in the state while operating the Kittatinny Mountain Raptor Research Station, conducting wintering studies on raptor populations, and surveying nesting populations of barn and barred owls,  American kestrels, bald eagles, and ospreys. She volunteers for the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, Cape May Raptor Banding Project, New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Program, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Recent meetings

May 2020: An Online Quiz, with Rick Wright.

June 2020: A Walk on Pipeline Road, by Sandy Sorkin.

July 2020: The Real James Bond, by Jim Wright. 

August 2020: An Online Quiz, with Rick Wright.

September 2020: Manakins and Microbes, by Jeniffer Houtz.

October 2020: The Bizarre Breeding Behaviors of Tropical Cuckoos, by Christine Riehl.

November 2020: Dispersal in Young Peregrine Falcons, by Elise Morton. 

December 2020: An MBC Story Slam, by Pamela Olsen.

January 2021: Modern-Day Exploration in the Tropics, by Dan Lane.

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