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Think you know a lot about Monmouth County's natural areas and wildlife? Join us as Bob Henschel, past MCAS president and former ambassador of the Monmouth County Park System, quizzes us on our knowledge about Monmouth County, and teaches us all something in the process! This promises to be fun for all and a nice way to end our program season. See you in September!
Kids of all ages can get more into nature at the Monmouth County Audubon Society’s “Family Night” program, to be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:00 pm. The program will be held at the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. The public is welcome; admission is free.
This program, geared toward elementary-school children, will start one hour earlier than normal MCAS programs to make it more convenient for families to attend.
This year’s Family Night program features “Penguin Pointers,” presented by Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Waddle into the world of penguin biology, geography, care, feeding, and conservation. And of course, as with all MCAS Family Night programs, live animals will be on hand to delight and entertain! Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium offers a unique way to introduce the wonders of the aquatic world to children. Their education programs provide an exciting experience that students will remember forever. The evening promises to be a delight for kids of all ages.
Zoologist Bill Pitts will present his program, “the Bog Turtle: New Jersey’s State Reptile,” at the Monmouth County Audubon Society meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m.
The Bog Turtle was named New Jersey’s State Reptile on June 18, 2018, following a successful petition campaign begun by science students from the Riverside Elementary School in Princeton, who were concerned with the turtle’s threatened status.
The NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program estimates that there are fewer than 2,000 of these inhabitants of groundwater-fed freshwater wetlands left in the state. Once abundant in New Jersey, this secretive, palm-sized turtle is found today only in rural areas such as Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Salem counties.
Learn all about this charismatic creature’s natural history in New Jersey and conservationists’ ongoing effort to protect the Bog Turtle and increase its habitat and population in this entertaining program.
Bill Pitts, Assistant Zoologist with NJ Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Non-Game Species program, returns to MCAS following his well-received program on the American Kestrel, presented last year. Bill Pitts has been an Assistant Zoologist with NJ Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Non-Game Species program since 2005.
Jason Denesevich will take us through a pictorial tour of a year of birding at Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook acts as a migrant trap, with a variety of habitats from grassland, forest, sandy beaches to marshlands providing food and shelter for hundreds of species of migratory birds. Many birds stop at Sandy Hook for a quick meal before moving south to their winter home, while other birds spend the winter at Sandy Hook. Many of his pictures appear in NJ Audubon, and Cornell University.
VENT tour leader Rick Wright, the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will lecture on “Sparrows and People and Sparrow People” on Wednesday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Rick is the author of two books on the Latin and German animal literature. He is also the author of the American Birding Association’s field guides to birds of New Jersey and of Arizona, and of the Peterson Reference Guide to North American sparrows. A prolific contributor to the birding literature and a sought-after lecturer, Rick lives with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert, in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Naturalist Pete Bacinski will present his new program, “Our Fascination with Woodpeckers,” at the November 14 meeting of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, at 8:00 pm. the public is welcome; admission is free.
Birders and non-birders alike are fascinated by the sight of a woodpecker. There are 22 species of woodpeckers in North America, and Pete will touch on all of those with special attention to woodpeckers found here in New Jersey. He will discuss behavior, identification, distribution, abundance and some of his personal stories as well as interesting and little-known facts that will make people appreciate this amazing group of birds even more.
Now officially retired, Pete Bacinski has been associated with the New Jersey Audubon Society from 1971 to the present as a volunteer, associate naturalist and field trip and workshop leader. He established and directed NJA’s Sandy Hook Bird Observatory and All Things Birds Program for North Jersey, was a field notes editor for Records of New Jersey Birds and major contributor to the Birds of New Jersey breeding atlas. He was a weekly columnist for the Star Ledger and the NJ.com on-line magazine Seen in New Jersey. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and is a longtime MCAS board member.
Climate Reality leaders Pat and Steve Miller will present their program, “Climate Reality and Monmouth County's Path to 100% Clean Energy,” at the October 10 meeting of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, at 8:00 pm. the public is welcome; admission is free.
The Millers will provide recent examples of problems caused by climate change, steps that are being taken to counter these problems, and why the future still looks hopeful. The program will provide listeners with the information on how to transition their households to 100% clean energy and aid their towns to transition to 100% clean energy.
The Millers are graduates of the Climate Reality Leaders three-day training program given personally by Al Gore. They are both retired Bell Labs engineers. Pat Miller is co-president of the Northern Monmouth County Branch of AAUW, and Steve Miller is climate chair for the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Club. The presentation promises to be enriching and informative.