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January 2018 Membership Meeting
Hawks in flight bring a sense of wonder and struggle to birders, especially when trying to identify them from a distance. Field marks are not always enough in back-lit conditions or when birds are too far away to show color. This month's speaker, Josh Haas, will discuss the best way to identify hawks at a distance using side-by-side videos of hawks in flight from his new movie "Hawks on the Wing." More details are available from the MEMBERSHIP MEETING link above.
GRAC Needs Your Help
The following positions need to be filled to keep Grand Rapids Audubon running: President, Vice-President, Secretary, two Board Members at Large, Assistant Treasurer/Membership, Finance Chairperson, Fund Development Chairperson, Junior Audubon Leader, Audubon Adventures Representative, Publisher and Special Event Coordinator. For an explanation of the duties of these positions click here.
The Club, through its educational and conservation programs, makes a real difference right here in West Michigan. This is your opportunity to make a contribution. If you are interested in helping GRAC with any of these positions contact Scott Hutchings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Watch Program
GRAC is in the process of becoming an active participant in the Climate Watch Program which is sponsored by the Audubon Society. What is the Climate Watch Program? Find details on the Conservation Issues page. A link to the page is on the ACTVITIES drop down menu above.
Is Sandhill Crane Hunting Coming to Michigan?
It could happen! The Michigan Natural Resources Committee voted to pass House Resolution 154, which encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to open a recreational Sandhill Crane hunting season. For information on this, including a January 2018 update, see the Conservation and Environment Issues page.
GRAC Field Trip Schedule Update
Upcoming trips: Winter Field Birding on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Remember the Recurring Millennium Park Field Trips every Thursday in January and February.
2018 Birding Tours with Bill Sweetman
GRAC member Bill Sweetman is once again offering exciting birding tours in 2018. He currently has openings for the following trips. April 5 to 12: Birding the Coast, Valley and Hill Country: from San Antonio; April 18 to 25: Birds of Central and South Florida: from Orlando; July 31 to August 7: Deserts, Mountains, Canyons and Birds: from Phoenix. Click here for details on these trips.
Maher Work Days
Depending on the weather, week days will be impromptu at the whim of participants. See the Maher webpage for more sanctuary news.
Live video streams of birds and other animals
Explore.org offers numerous links to live streaming video sites of birds and animals throughout the United States and the world. At that site you can watch eagles, owls and ospreys raise their young.
Interesting eBird sightings for October 2017, November 2017 and December 2017 are available. Beginning in January 2018, the monthly website eBird summary will only include the very unusual and rare sightings. Earlier reports are available on request from email@example.com.