| PGAS monthly
held on the second Tuesday of
September through June, in partnership with the Patuxent
Bird Club, a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological
There are no programs scheduled
the summer months. PGAS members
are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and non-members are always
The formal program always begins at 7:30 pm,
doors open at 7:00 for informal conversation, refreshments, and
of birding news. Each program opens with brief statements from
of both clubs about upcoming events, items of interest and other club
followed by the featured speaker with a question-and-answer period
Click on the location links
below for directions and click on the
dates for more information about the presentations.
|Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
College Park Airport Operations Building
"The Legacy of Bud Taylor"
presented by Matthew Perry
Our region lost an esteemed
wildlife artist when John W. Taylor died last October at age 86. Known
to all as “Bud,” he was a beloved and treasured member of MOS and the
Anne Arundel Bird Club. An accomplished wildlife artist, his career
started with commissions from the National Geographic Society and the
National Wildlife Foundation, leading to his self-employment as a
wildlife artist. He authored two books published by Johns Hopkins
Press: Birds of the Chesapeake
and Chesapeake Spring
and designed Maryland’s first deer and trout stamps and was selected as
the artist for Maryland’s first Waterfowl Stamp in 1974. He won the
Duck Stamp contest in 1979 and was selected in 1984 as the winner of
the Florida Duck Stamp contest.
His life and work were documented on Maryland Public Television’s
"Outdoors Maryland." His later years were spent painting in his studio,
working primarily with oils. Dr. Perry, emeritus scientist at Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center and long-time friend of Bud, will share
Taylor’s influence on protecting the Chesapeake Bay landscapes, even
beyond his well-known paintings. “Many were educated by Bud and carried
his message to Annapolis and other political venues to help improve the
quality of the Bay,” said Perry. “He was a man with a conscience who
was quick to discuss the importance of quality habitat.” Come learn
more about this multi-faceted man and his impact on conservation.
About the presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry is an Emeritus Scientist
(Retired Wildlife Research Biologist), with the USGeological Survey –
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, in Laurel, MD. He is the author of
numerous scientific publications. While employed at Patuxent, he
conducted research dealing with waterfowl food habits and management of
wetland areas, among other projects. Dr. Perry remains active as a
lecturer, writer, and naturalist for bird tours.
|Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
College Park Airport Operations Building
"Saving The Place You Love"
presented by Ned Tillman
outdoor guide, and environmental author Ned Tillman will join us for a
spirited presentation about how to protect and preserve the places that
we and our feathered friends like to visit. Ned has used fiction and
nonfiction, workshops, presentations, blogs, and interpretive walks to
inspire people of all ages to fall in love with the outdoors and to
become better stewards of these fragile lands. His hope is that each of
us will become more effective champions of the wild spaces in our
Ned, a life-long Maryland resident, now lives in Howard County on Lake
Elkhorn. He has served as the Chair of the Howard County Conservancy
and the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board, and on
the board of the Izaak Walton League of America, and the Maryland
Academy of Science. His books are used widely throughout Maryland in
the Master Naturalist program, as well as in schools and
colleges. He has spent the last 12 months visiting the cave of
the swifts in Mexico, hummingbirds in Utah, gannet nesting areas on the
Gaspe Peninsula, semipalmated sandpipers in the Bay of Fundy, and
whales in the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord. All of these
habitats are threatened as our climate changes.
Ned’s first book is all about the region where we live. The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action
won the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award chosen by the Renewable
Natural Resource Foundation and the 2010 Best Book on Environmental and
Natural Resources selected by The American Society for Public
Administration. His second book, and the topic of this program,
describes the major campaigns that have been waged to preserve the
forests and parks all across the country. Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship
was the 2014 Book of the Year as selected by Howard County’s Poetry and
Literary Society, Community College, and Library System. His
latest book, The Big Melt
, is a novel that inspires the reader to take more actions to help reduce the impacts of a changing climate.
He will have copies of his books and will be happy to sign them for you
on October 9th. If you wish to read them ahead of time, they are all
available on Amazon.com.
If you would like to join Ned on one of his interpretive walks, visit: https://savingtheplaces.com/scheduled-events/.
|Tuesday, November 13, 2018
at 7:30 pm
Park Airport Operations Building
"Birds of Trinidad and Tobago"
presented by Martyn Kenefick
Trinidad and Tobago,
tropical islands on the continental shelf of northeastern South
America, enjoy a rich diversity of bird species, including resident
breeders, visitors from the nearby mainland and others traveling the
migratory flyway from North America. The islands, with their good
tourist infrastructure and accessible habitat, also attract visiting
birders, many of whom experience their first taste of tropical birding
there. The presentation will provide an overview of the special
birds to be seen in the island nation, along with the great
conservation and education mission of the Asa Wright Nature Centre,
which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. Since its
inception 50 years ago, the Asa Wright Nature Center has been a leader
in ecotourism — long before that word was even coined.
It remains a world-class leader in this field, unsurpassed not only in
Trinidad & Tobago but across the Caribbean, and is a world-
renowned nature destination.
Martyn Kenefick lives in Trinidad where he is a freelance
ornithologist and professional bird guide. He is the lead author of the
Field Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago, published
in 2008 by Yale University Press. The book’s co-authors are Robin
and Floyd Hayes.
An avid birder since the age of 13, he has enjoyed private birding
trips to 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South-east
and East Asia, North and South America, and to islands of the
Caribbean. Additionally, since 2000 he has led tours on behalf of
several UK Birding Tour companies to countries as diverse as Kuwait,
Kenya, Israel and multiple tours to the USA, before retiring
from all tours in April 2014.
|Tuesday, December 11 2018
at 7:30 pm
Park Airport Operations Building
Movie Night: High Tide in Dorchester
the Prince George’s Audubon Society and Patuxent Bird Club for popcorn
and other refreshments to enjoy during our annual movie night.
High Tide in Dorchester, seen by many on Maryland Public Television, is
a film produced by Bay Journal that encourages discussions and actions
concerning sea level rise, erosion and climate change in Dorchester
County. The film creates a powerful, intimate story that looks at a
worsening global threat through the lens of Chesapeake Bay’s most
vulnerable county. The 4th largest of MD’s 23 counties, this
low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, is
destined to drop to 14th by 2100 – or sooner – as waters rise and
erosion worsens. High Tide is a wake-up call that it’s time to retreat
from the shoreline that has historically drawn watermen and their
families to their edges. The film will be introduced by David
Curson, Ph.D, one of the featured experts in the film.
David has worked as Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon
Maryland-DC since 2004, overseeing the Important Bird Areas (IBA)
Program and running conservation programs for birds and their
habitats. The film looks closely at Blackwater National Wildlife
Refuge, where David, scientists and managers are already dealing with
the impacts of rising tide. On May 8, David spoke to us on efforts at
BNWR to restore lost habitat on “Marshes for Tomorrow: The Fight to
Save Maryland’s Salt Marshes from Sea Level Rise.” David received
his BSc in Ecology at the Unversity of East Anglia, UK, and earned MS
and PhD degrees in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. His graduate research focused on the
ecology and behavior of Brown-headed Cowbirds.