Audubon Response to Serious Allegations

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society was horrified to learn of the reported sexual assault committed by a well-known member of the birding community. We support and stand with Aisha White and all other survivors of rape and sexual assault. We wish Aisha, all survivors, and BIPOC birders healing and justice. Safe access to the benefits of birds and nature is our highest priority. ORAS will not tolerate activities or behaviors that threaten the wellbeing and safety of any birder, and we are reflecting on ways to achieve this.

National Audubon official statement: https://www.audubon.org/news/audubon-responds-serious-allegations-against-prominent-birder 

 

 

ORAS is now accepting applications for its Conservation Grants for the spring 2021 cycle

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society has opened the Spring 2021 application cycle for the Conservation Grants. The purpose of the grant is to support local research, community service, and education activities related to conservation of wildlife and their habitat. Please visit the ORAS Conservation Grant page: http://oconeeriversaudubon.org/grant for more information on the application process and past funded projects. 

The 24th Annual Great Backyard Bird Counts Starts on February 12th

Get your binoculars ready for the Great Backyard Bird Counts! This annual event is a collaboration between National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada to learn about the status of bird populations in the world by taking a "snapshot" of where they are and what they are doing using citizen science.The event will run from Friday, February 12th through Monday, February 15th. To participate, locate a place where you can find birds and record what you see for at least 15 minutes, then share your observations using the Merlin Bird ID app or eBird. Anyone can participate! Follow this link to learn more about the event: https://www.birdcount.org/

UGA PhD student will talk about bird response to reforestation in Costa Rica at February meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, February 4th at 7pm where UGA PhD student, Cody Cox, will talk about his research predicting how different bird species might respond to reforestation efforts in Costa Rica. The meeting will be held via Zoom. To receive a link to the meeting, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/A4y2t8nPAZt1Mu9E9.

 (Photo: Cody Cox)    (Photo: Cody Cox)

ORAS January meeting features talk on movement patterns of American white ibis and whooping cranes and human development

Please join us for our first monthly meeting of 2021 on Thursday, January 7th at 7pm. The meeting will feature talk by UGA PhD student, Claire Teitelbaum, about how movement patterns of Whooping Cranes and American White Ibis change in response to human development (more details below). The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Please visit this link to sign up to attend: https://forms.gle/qAuKjUZkicvsRyZ16. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Happy Holidays!
 

ORAS December Meeting features talk about creating backyard wildlife sanctuaries

Please join us on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm for our monthly meeting where Gabe Andrle from the Georgia Audubon Society will talk about how to create backyard wildlife sanctuaries. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Please follow this link to sign up to receive the meeting link: https://forms.gle/2sNxHYF7bFA6p26U8. More details below:

 

ORAS November monthly meeting features talk on habitat suitability of pipelines and powerlines for songbirds in the central Appalachian region

Please join us at 7pm next Thursday, November 5th for our monthly meeting where Eric Margeneau, a PhD student at West Virginia University, will talk about his research on habitat suitability of energy rights-of-way for songbird communities in the central Appalachian region. The meeting will be held virtually. To attend, please sign up to receive a zoom link using this form: https://forms.gle/TnyVAfFCMVkwxRAP8. Please see below for more details about the meeting.

        

 

Nominate K-12 Black Students or classroom/programs for binoculars for young black birders program

Please help us by nominating K-12 Black students and/or classroom/programs in Athens-Clarke County who would benefit from receiving a set of binoculars from the Binoculars for Young Black Birders Program! This program was made possible by the generous donations from the fundraiser organized by ORAS, UGA EcoReach and Lilly Branch Audubon Society over the summer. See flyer below for more information and link to the nomination form:

ORAS Fall Kick-off Meeting is Going Virtual!

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be holding the Fall kick-off meeting on September 10th (note: not our typical first Thursday of the month) at 7:00pm.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom instead of the usual in-person meeting. 

During the meeting, ORAS members will have the opportunity to present photos and short talks about their summer birding experiences starting at 7:00pm. 

Presentation sign-up instructions:

Those who are interested in presenting at this event should sign up soon (first come basis) at http://tinyurl.com/orassep20. Each talk must be 5-10  minutes and include high quality photos. Five individuals will be able to give a presentation for this special, online September meeting. 

Viewing instructions:

For those interested in viewing the event, please check upcoming ORAS announcements and social media for further information on the presentations and on how to connect to the meeting via Zoom. 

 

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