PAST PRESIDENT'S LETTERS
President's Letter April 2020 - Springtime Greetings!
The last time I wrote this letter, we were planning Spring field trips, but since then the world’s turned upside down. What a difference a few months make!
COVID19 and a Polar Vortex seem to be conspiring to keep us away from Spring migration, but with winter coats, masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and common sense we are still birding from home and car and outdoors and seeing birds!
We’ve discovered that Zoom allows us to invite speakers from outside of our area with much more ease. This month we had a great talk by Tara Rhinehart from University of Pittsburgh titled Eavesdropping on Birds – using audio recorders left in the field and artificial intelligence to find out what birds are singing on any given site. And, we’re looking forward to our June 3rd talk by Anne Lacy, from the International Society of Cranes in Wisconsin, on Sandhill Cranes – with an emphasis on populations in Ohio. At our last meeting we also heard from Justin Duricky about his Eagle Scout project to build a Chimney Swift tower at Mentor Lagoons and we gave him both a grant and a promise of an additional grant if he can match it to help fund his project.
The news tells us people are looking at birds more since COVID19 started, and that’s inspired us to host a Bird ID Zoom meeting on Saturday, May 16th from 7-8 PM for birders who want help with identification. Mary Anne Romito, Fred Dinkelbach, and I will be hosting this meeting. We’re hoping it will be a lot of fun and that we’ll want to have more of these meetings in the future!
We re-elected our Board at our last meeting and our consultant Steve Sedam has finished the report of his consultation with us about our future, and we’ll be sharing that in the not too distant future.
In summary, there's lots going on and lots more in the works for the KBC moving forward. Enjoy the warmer weather when it arrives – and the birds that come with it!
President, Kirtland Bird Club