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Program Events

Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society offers informative and interesting programs and exceptional speakers with slide shows to teach and thrill members and guests at the monthly chapter meetings. The board diligently pursues a full array of interests to promote better understanding of the birding world and to have entertaining yet educational programs.

Guest are welcome.  There is no Heard Museum charge for attending the chapter meeting.

To suggest a program speaker or subject, contact Denise Dengler, program chairperson, 972-208-7448.

Meeting time - 6:30 pm

The PTAS meeting place is in the Science Resource Center at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069. 
Latitude, longitude: 33.1574751, -96.615278.

Directions: After passing through the gate continue straight passed the museum building to the end of the road.  The large building is the SRC.

Below is what we have in store for the upcoming months:

If you want to participate in the monthly meetings by Zoom,  provide your email address to Merrick Darley using this address, ptaszoom@gmail.com

Tuesday, Sep, 28,  BirdCast: Perspectives on Migration Monitoring

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Hummingbirds – Local species plus a few prominent western types.
7:25 Business meeting
7:45 Main Program - BirdCast: Perspectives on Migration Monitoring in the Era of Big Data, study of nocturnal bird migration by Dr. Andrew Farnswoth.
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, Oct. 26,  North American Breeding Bird Survey

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Raptors – Hawks, Owls, Flacons, Kites.
7:25 Business meeting
7:45 Main Program - North American Breeding Bird Survey, status of species in Texas by Brent Ortego, TPW (retired).
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, Nov. 23,  Birding Trip to New Zealand

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Corvids & cuckoos – Blue Jays, Fish & Am Crow, Ravens,
Roadrunner, Black & Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
7:25 Business meeting
7:45 Main Program - BirdingTrip to New Zealand by PTAS members  Gailon Brehm, Linda Ergonis, Carolyn Oldham.
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, Jan. 25,  Mitigating and Monitoring Bird-Building Collisions

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Mystery Birds (maybe chickadees vs nuthatch vs gnatcatchers?)
7:25 Business meeting
7:45 Main Program - Mitigating and Monitoring Bird-Building Collisions  by Tania Homayoun, TPW Texas Nature Trackers Biologist.
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, Feb. 22, Sea Turtle Rescue, February 2021

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Shorebirds – Plovers, Sandpipers, Phalaropes, etc.
7:45 Main Program - Sea Turtle Rescue by Hannah Catherman.
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, Mar. 22, Austin’s Amazing Purple Martins

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Buntings and Grosbeaks - Cardinals, Rose-breasted & Blue Grosbeaks, Indigo & Painted Buntings, finches.
7:45 Main Program - Austin’s Amazing Purple Martins by Shelia Hargis.
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, April 26, Birding the Devil’s River Corridor

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class: Warblers.
7:45 Main Program - Birding the Devil’s River Corridor by Romey Swanson.
8:45 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 24 TBD

6:45 Log in to Zoom
7:00 Bird ID Class:
7:45 Main Program -
8:45 Adjourn

 

 

 

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