Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017
Topic: Monitoring Prothonotary Warblers in the Coastal Plain of Virginia
Speaker: Shirley Devan
For many birders the sight of a Prothonotary Warbler can take the breath away. This lemon yellow jewel that loves best the sort of lands humans like least would seem to be in good shape, generally, but save for in the Old Dominion, it too is experiencing declines due to habitat destruction. That it has done better and seems to be even increasing in numbers here is partly if not largely due to the efforts of persons like tonight’s speaker. Shirley Devan, former President of the Williamsburg Bird Club and currently a member of the Board of the VSO as well as other related organizations, has devoted the last several years of her life to helping this priceless natural resource to increase in numbers. As a Board member too of the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Organization (CVWO), Shirley has led other volunteers in monitoring the health of the Prothonotary population. Her presentation tonight should whet some appetites for more trips to the more dismal parts of the state.
After Shirley’s presentation, the evening will shift from Prothonatary yellow to holiday reds and greens as we transition into celebration mode for the annual MBC Christmas/Holiday party and potluck. Please bring a dish to share and/or an inexpensive bird-related item for the raffle. Gently-used bird-related gifts are also welcome. Food suggestions include, but are not limited to, pick-up nibbles, antipasto, appetizers, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, cookies and desserts. Beverages will be provided.
If you have any questions, please email Patty Kalbfleisch at [email protected]
Thanks very much! Patty
As tradition dictates, you are invited to our Meet the Speaker pre-meeting dinner at Brick Oven Restaurant, 1966 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville at 5:30pm.