Burroughs Audubon Nature Club
2018 Programs

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Notice: The meeting place for our monthly meetings beginning in January 2018 will be at the Clover Center for the Arts and Spirituality (The Baptist Temple) 1101 Clover St., Rochester, NY 14610, which is at the junction of Clover St. and Elmwood Ave.
          It is recommended to park in the lot off of Clover St.  Enter the building through the yellow door and we will meet in the Conference Room on the left hand side of the hallway.

Friday, January 12, 7:30 PM
Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality

Cancelled due to weather.  The scheduled program has been moved to February, and the Northern Lights program previously scheduled for February will be rescheduled at a later date.

Friday, February 9, 7:30 PM
Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality


Diane and Chuck Henderson, along with Diane's sister Kathy and brother-in-law Bill, have been diving together for over 25 years. Traveling the world to find the best dive sites has the added bonus of experiencing amazing birds, wildlife, scenery, and cultures. Join Diane and her family to see stunning photos of exotic birds, fish, and mammals, such as elephants and orangutans. This extraordinary adventure on land and under the sea in the Philippines and Borneo will be a treat for fellow nature enthusiasts.
Hosts: Kathy Dutton, 671-6566, and Marigrace Piazza, 314-8462.

Friday, March 9, 7:30 PM
Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality


380 million years ago western New York was located in the tropics and hosted a variety of life, much of it somewhat familiar to us but some of it quite strange. Paleontologist Dan Krisher will show us what the environment was like back then and the life forms that populated it. Fossil remains of Devonian critters from local strata and farther afield will be displayed. Some take-aways will be available for fossil collecting enthusiasts.
Hosts: Becky Jenkins, 342-3812, and Marilyn Schindler, 392-6144.

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
BANC Sanctuary


It's time once again to get the Sanctuary ready for our activities. There will be hot soups and beverages for all helpers to enjoy at lunchtime. Bring any treats you want to share. Come prepared to work with your work gloves and rakes.
Leader: Dean Clayton, 249-9489. Host: Carol Hinkelman, 663-2981.

Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 PM
2328 Old Browncroft Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14625



Join fellow BANC members for a delicious meal and a fascinating program. Alan Singer, son of the great wildlife artist Arthur Singer, will treat us to examples of his father's art while recounting stories from his life that highlight the times and culture in which he lived. Arthur Singer had been a child prodigy, who had artwork published by the time he was a junior in high school. He was noticed by curators at the American Museum of Natural History, and by the administrators of the Bronx Zoo, where he had his first exhibition in 1942. After World War ll he had the great fortune to work with some of the greats in mid-20th century ornithology, and he was employed by book publishers and magazine publishers as an illustrator. Arthur loved nature, he was an ardent conservationist, and later in life he was awarded the kind of recognition that few ever achieve.
Chairperson: Julie Clayton, 249-9489. Reservations: Chita McKinney, 482-3588.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 AM
Field Trip to Harris Whalen Park, Penfield

Harris Whalen Park in Penfield is one of Monroe County's best places to enjoy the earliest spring wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Spring Beauty, Trillium and Troutlily. Join us at the top of Harris Hill at Harris Whalen Park for an easy walk in the woods. The park entrance is on the north side of Rt. 441 across from Wegmans, just west of the intersection of Routes 441 and 250.
Leader: Annette Leopard of the Canandaigua Botanical Society. Contact: Carol Hinkelman, 663-2981.

Sunday, May 6, 2:00-4:00 PM
Open House at BANC Sanctuary
Note: This is a change in the program listed in the mailed 2018 Booklet and the program change that had been previously shown here.

What's Happening at the Sanctuary?

Early May is a wonderful time of year to be outdoors. Early wildflowers are blooming, and resident and migratory birds sing from the treetops. It's the perfect time to visit the BANC grounds and gardens along Irondequoit Creek.

Join us for a leisurely guided walk around our trails, play some nature games, and enjoy light refreshments.
Host: Marigrace Piazza, 314-8462

Friday, May 11, 6:00 PM  
Note: Time was incorrect in the mailed booklet

Potluck at BANC Sanctuary


The saying "build it and they will come" works for garden ponds too, as the Dombrowski's and Southby's discovered when they each installed a pond in their yards. Whether it is the mysterious arrival of frogs on a rainy night, or dragonflies and damselflies using the pond to court and lay their eggs, both families found that their ponds brought a new dimension to their gardens. BANC members Jon Dombrowski and Carol and David Southby will show pictures of some of the plants that are specially adapted to grow in water, the fascinating creatures that make the pond their home, and some behind-the- scenes stories of how they built their ponds.
For dinner, bring your place setting and a dish to pass.
Hosts: Shirley Shaw, 385-3907, and Linda Smith, 924-3871.

Saturday, May 19, 7:30 AM
Field Trip to Powder Mill Park and BANC Sanctuary


On the east side, Powder Mill Park has a mature woodland that can be productive for many species of late migrating or nesting warblers and other songbirds; Blue-winged Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Scarlet Tanagers have all nested there. The trip will continue on to the BANC Sanctuary, which is likely to offer a good mixture of warblers, sparrows and other migrants and nesting birds, including Belted Kingfisher and Pileated Woodpecker.
Meet at 7:30 A.M. at the Powder Mill Park Fish Hatchery parking lot on Park Road.  This is a joint field trip with the Rochester Birding Association.
Leader: Richard Ashworth 381-2189.

Friday, June 1- Sunday, June 3
Allegany State Park


On the first weekend of June, Allegany State Park will be bustling with enthusiastic nature lovers who will be involved in hikes, workshops, field trips and all kinds of learning experiences where it's all about nature. You might like to be one of these excited "pilgrims". Most of the veterans of the Pilgrimage return year after year. Nature programs are conducted for three days by eager and knowledgeable leaders. Nature topics include mammals, reptiles, trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, butterflies, astronomy, ecology, animal tracks, beavers and owls. Other topics are paper-making, photography, sketching, nature games and more. There are bird walks and bird-banding bright and early in the morning and owl prowls, star-gazing and insect/moth vigils at night. On Friday and Saturday evenings there are presentations under a big tent.

This is a nature weekend for the whole family. Campers also look forward to a chicken BBQ or vegetarian dinner on Saturday evening, if they so choose.

To register, go to www.alleganypilgrimage.com. Book your cabins or campsites soon at www.reserveamerica.com or call 1-800-456-CAMP.
Questions? Call Julie or Dean Clayton, 249-9489.

Saturday, June 9, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
BANC Exhibit at Mendon Ponds Park


The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is hosting the Annual Outdoor Expo in the beach area at Mendon Ponds Park. BANC's exhibit at this event is a great opportunity to let our community know all about BANC and the great activities it offers.  Also, it is a great chance to learn some outdoor skills, meet people and clubs interested in the outdoors, try out a canoe or kayak, or take a hike.

To volunteer to staff our exhibit, contact Charlie Woodruff and Jayne Dean, cgw3@icloud.com.  To learn more about Expo, see www.gvc-adk.org/expo.

Friday, June 15, 6:00 PM
Potluck at BANC Sanctuary


See the amazing wildlife and discover the complex ecosystems of Northern Botswana, South Africa. We will start with the Okavango Delta, an unusual inland delta formed by rivers flowing into a continental basin, not to a body of water. The water flows into the area during the dry season, attracting incredible concentrations of wildlife.  Naturalist and explorer Peter Debes, who led "Nature Discoveries'' ecotours here many times will entertain us with stories of some of his adventures and share some of his best photos of wildlife, plants, scenery and the people who live here and guide tours.
For dinner, bring your place setting and dish to pass.
Hosts: Pat Martin, 582-2761, and Carolyn Ragan, 385-2065.

Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 AM
Field Trip to Kent Park Arboretum, Webster

Kent Park is a little known gem in Webster. It has lovely flowers, flowering shrubs and a wide variety of trees including some unusual evergreens. June is a wonderful time to enjoy a walk in the park, and this park is well worth a visit. Kent Park is located at 1700 Schlegel Rd. between Salt and Basket Roads.
Leader: Janet Miles, 787-0507.

Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Open House at BANC Sanctuary


This will be the third annual Family Nature Night open to the public at the Sanctuary. Families with children of all ages are invited to join the fun and need not be members to participate. During the Family Night, BANC members will be on hand with displays demonstrating their particular interests. The trails in the Sanctuary will be open to the public for exploring. A scavenger hunt is planned as well as guided walks. There will be displays related to insects, birds, fossils and rocks and minerals. During the evening, nature observation and learning will be celebrated as well as the beauty of our special nature preserve. Come to enjoy or to share your expertise! Light refreshments will be served.
Hosts: Marigrace Piazza, 314*-8462, Jutta Dudley, 385-2368, Bill O'Neill and Martha Zettel, 533-2333.

Monday, July 9, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Open House at BANC Sanctuary


Come and meet a llama! A domesticated camilid from South America, these amazing animals have served indigenous populations of the Andes for centuries as light pack-carrying animals and as sources of meat and fiber. Today, in the United States, llamas and alpacas have become pets and favored sources of wool. Llama owner Barb Kurzowski will share her knowledge about their history, behavior and care.  A group talk will be offered at 3 PM.
Hosts: Ruth Morrill, 217-2292, and Linda Smith, 924-3871.

Wednesday, July 11, 10:00 AM
Field Trip to Black Creek Park


Join the members of the Rochester Butterfly Club as we explore a lesser-known part of Black Creek Park, looking for butterflies, caterpillars, summer wildflowers and plants that butterflies use. Easy, level walking, about 2 hours. Meet in the parking lot near Sunnyside Lodge in Black Creek Park, 3835 Union Street, North Chili, NY 14514. Take I-490 west to exit 4, go south on Union Street (Rt. 259) approximately 1 mile. Enter park, and at the T-junction, turn right (north) and meet near the restrooms. We will carpool from there to a nearby area of the park.
Bring binoculars, camera, hat and water. Optionally bring lunch. If the weather is good, we may visit another part of the park in the afternoon.
Leaders: Carol and David Southby, 383-8168.

Friday, July 20, 6:00PM
Potluck at BANC Sanctuary

John Rogers, co-founder of the NYS Bluebird Society, will discuss the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. The focus is on bluebirds, but John also shares his passion for the natural world in hopes the audience will take in some broader and deeper messages about nature--and life. Sprinkled throughout will be just a few wildflowers, butterflies, other birds, and quotes by some of the great naturalists of the past.
For dinner, bring your place setting and a dish to pass.
Hosts: Carol Klinger, 377-6072, Jane Stock, 425-7293 and Lura Kelley.

Saturday, August 4, 8:30-11:00 AM
Open House at BANC Sanctuary


The pancake food truck comes to us from Kettle Ridge Farm, a family-owned producer of pure maple syrup and wildflower honey in Victor NY. The farm is owned by a Life Member of BANC, Joe Hurley. The food truck will offer pancakes, sausage, maple syrup and beverages for sale. This event will serve as a fundraiser because 10% of the receipts will be given to BANC. Pancakes cost $6 for 3 cakes, $1 for sausage, $1 for coffee, water or orange juice and extra maple syrup is available for $2.
The club house will be open for enjoying yummy pancakes and for relaxing with some games like tree bingo, matching memory bird cards, name that plant, and board games involving nature trivia and life cycles. Bring your friends and neighbors and your favorite children.
Hosts: Marigrace Piazza, 314-8462, Sabrina Commisso, 385-9573, and Susan Robertson, 427-2535.

Saturday, August 11, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Open House at BANC Sanctuary


At this Open House, long-time member Marilyn Schindler will display some of her prize-winning photos having to do with nature, and more. Marilyn has often shared her photographs with members on Experience Night. She has a great eye and takes wonderful pictures. In addition, Marilyn is a past president and will tell us about some of her experiences and history of BANC. Come and enjoy the afternoon at the Sanctuary and have a bit of punch and cookies.
Hosts: Julie Clayton, 249-9489 and Joanne Altre, 377-8549.

Friday, August 17, 6:00 PM
Potluck at BANC Sanctuary


Pat Carey is a native of the Rochester area, having lived in Irondequoit and Webster. She got her start in folk music as a child during the 1960s, and for almost 40 years she's been performing traditional and contemporary folk music around Rochester both as a solo and in various groups. Pat sings and plays guitar and flute and specializes in traditional Irish music. In recent years, Pat has become interested in birding as well, and has a particular fondness for raptors. Since 2012, she has been a volunteer fledge watcher for the downtown Rochester falcons. Bring your dish to pass and a place setting.
Hosts: Janet Miles, 787-0507, and Ellen Prill, 721-4103.

Saturday, August 25, 2:00-4:00 PM
Field Trip at BANC Sanctuary


Can you tell the difference between a cricket and a katydid, between a moth and a butterfly, a bug and a beetle? Did you know some insects communicate using sounds so high in frequency you need special ultrasonic detectors to hear them? Come on a fascinating "bug hunt" with local experts to temporarily capture and examine the insects around the nature center and learn fun facts about each one along the way. Bring bug nets and be prepared to enter the wilds in search of our prey!
Martha Zettel & Bill O'Neill, 533-2333, and Carol & David Southby, 383-8168

Sunday, September 16, 2:00 PM
Oatka Creek Park


Oatka Creek Park is a mostly undeveloped Monroe County Park. We will meet at the park, 9797 Union Street, Scottsville (across from Quaker Road) in the parking lot near the entrance. Mushroom expert, Dave Wolf, will be on hand to help us find and identify the fungi there. A hand lens is helpful to enjoy the fungi close up.
Leader: Dave Wolf, 482-2644.

Saturday, September 29, 3:30 PM
Annual Picnic at BANC Sanctuary


Turtles and tortoises have a fascinating natural history. Today there are approximately 300 remaining species, over half of which are endangered or critically endangered. Avocational turtle expert Tina Crandall-Gommel invites you to learn about their plight, their evolutionary history, and meet some live turtles and tortoises.
Due to the overwhelming success of the past years' photo exhibit and contest, we will have our Fourth Annual Photo Exhibit at the picnic. Winners will be selected by a vote of those present.
Nature games and visits with turtles begin at 3:30.
Bring a dish to pass made with local ingredients, your table setting and a folding table and chairs if you can. Dinner will begin at 5:30.
Chair: Julie Clayton, 249-9489. Photo Contest: Marigrace Piazza, 314-8462. Hosts: Jutta Dudley, Janet Miles, and Linda Smith.

Friday-Sunday, October 5-7
RIT Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY


In 1947 Rochesterian Dr. Gordon Meade and birders from throughout the state organized the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs. This organization held its first annual meeting in Rochester in 1948. Ever since, in years ending in eight, BANC has been a co-host for the organization's annual meeting. Now called the New York State Ornithological Association, the meeting consists of field trips, workshops, a paper session, and banquet. This year's keynote address will be delivered by Greg Miller, renowned birder and tour leader, whose "Big Year" was portrayed in a movie starring Jack Black. Registration fee required to attend.
Information: Shirley Shaw, 385-3907. Registration: Chita McKinney, 482-3588.

Friday, October 12, 7:30 PM
Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality


The mighty 200 pound Lake Sturgeon has inhabited our Great Lakes for over 10,000 years and is our oldest and largest native fish. Despite its longevity, this living fossil has suffered a severe decline in numbers due to overfishing and pollution of its breeding grounds like the Genesee River. Join Dr. Jeff Wyatt of the Seneca Park Zoo to learn about the history and habits of this living fossil and get the latest update on the reintroduction program the zoo is coordinating with the NYDEC and USGS to increase Sturgeon numbers in the Genesee River and Lake Ontario.
Hosts: Mary Gordon, 586-3524, and Janet Miles, 787-0507.

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 AM
Field Trip to Mount Hope Cemetery


The old trees of Mount Hope Cemetery should be in their full fall glory as October comes to its end. As we stroll the paths, our tree expert, Frank Crombe, will help us appreciate the wonderful specimens of trees and shrubs found in the cemetery. We will meet at the north entrance on Mount Hope Avenue at 10:00.
Leader: Frank Crombe, 889-5644.

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
BANC Sanctuary


We'll all be pitching in to help clean up the sanctuary for winter. The clubhouse needs some cleaning and our lawn and parking area will have a cover of leaves to rake. The trails will also likely need some attention. Just like each of our houses, we need to keep up with the maintenance of our sanctuary we hold dear. Bring a rake and work gloves. We'll have hot soups and beverages for lunch. Bring some goodies to share, if you wish.
Leader: Dean Clayton, 249-9489.
Hosts: Kathy Henrie, 705-8789, and Becky Olson, 749-8760.



Friday, November 9, 7:30 PM
Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality
Note: Location was given incorrectly in the mailed booklet


Experience night has always proven to be one of the most interesting nights of the year. Our members are so knowledgeable and appreciative of nature which is always most evident on Experience Night. Presentations will be by our members: that means YOU! Please feel free to share a story, show special photos, read a favorite poem, show a PowerPoint presentation or whatever you feel comfortable doing to share your experience. The experience portion will follow our president's report on the state of the club and the election of officers and council members.
Hosts: Betty Stewart and Helene Case
To reserve your place on the evening's program, please call Richard Ashworth, 381-2189.

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