April Meeting - "Beavers and Us"

A long-time advocate for a better relationship between beavers and humans will explore the animal’s keystone role in creating and maintaining bird-friendly wetlands at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Bob Kobres, an engineer who retired from University of Georgia Libraries, will give a presentation on “Beavers and Us: How We Can All Benefit from Learning to Coexist with This Ancient Wetland Engineer."

March Meeting - Monarchs Butterflies in a Changing World

A population ecologist from the University of Georgia will describe conservation efforts to reduce threats to the majestic monarch butterfly – one of her research specialties – at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Dr. Sonia Altizer, whose UGA research focuses on animal migration, monarch butterfly ecology, and host-parasite interactions, will give a talk titled “Monarchs in a Changing World: Status and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly.”

February Meeting - Coastkeeper to describe threats to Georgia’s largest river basin

An ornithologist who’s served as the Altamaha Riverkeeper’s “Coastkeeper” since last spring will describe her work in one of the largest river basins on the Atlantic seaboard and give a status update on American Oystercatchers in the Altamaha delta at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

January Meeting - Members' Night

Members will be sharing their birding stories and experiences at a special “Members’ Night” for the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Sandy Creek Nature.

Members will share a story, a poem or a series of photos or drawings related to birds or birding in five-minute time slots during Members’ Night. Speakers can give a short presentation on anything from a trip report to an interesting or humorous encounter with a backyard bird; illustrated talks are limited to five PowerPoint slides.

Athens Christmas Bird Count

The Athens Christmas Bird Count will take place on Dec 20th. It's a great way to meet local birders and contribute to a long-standing citizen science program. All skill levels welcome; we can pair you with more experienced birders at your request. We'll give you more details at our upcoming speaker meeting on December 4th; in the mean time, if you have any questions please direct them to our compilers Eugenia Thompson (eroberthom@bellsouth.net) and Mary Case (mecase@uga.edu). All participants are invited to the countdown poluck dinner at Sandy Creek Nature Center at 7 pm.

Global Amphibian Declines and Conservation Efforts

A University of Georgia ecologist will describe the battle to save imperiled amphibians when the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society holds its next meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Scott Connelly, an assistant professor with UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, will speak on “Disease-Driven Global Amphibian Declines and Conservation Efforts.” Connelly will focus specifically on Central America, where he has done much of his teaching and research. He has taught a number of courses at UGA’s Costa Rica Campus, including tropical field ecology and conservation biology.

Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, is presenting two lectures Wednesday and Thursday this week at the Georgia Center on the UGA campus. Tickets for each lecture can be purchased online at the links below. (Price for each lecture is $15.00.)

Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) 

November speaker to present forest restoration project at Sandy Creek Nature Center

A long-time Athens-Clarke County parks and recreation professional will describe an innovative project to re-establish high-quality woodland and wildlife habitat at Sandy Creek Nature Center during the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next monthly meeting.

J. Michael Wharton, Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department Administrator for Operations, will give an illustrated presentation on “The Managed Forest Project” at the Audubon Society’s November meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. The Managed Forest Project will remove unhealthy, poor-quality forest and replace it with high-quality wildlife habitat on 25 of the Nature Center’s 225 acres.

Wildlife biologist to address Audubon on Georgia’s eagles

The eagle population in Georgia is recovering from historic lows, but these magnificent raptors still face challenges. A state wildlife biologist will present the latest information on Peach State eagles at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct., 2, in the Ecology Building Auditorium at the University of Georgia. Free on-campus parking is available after 6 p.m. outside the Ecology Building.