Membership Meeting

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM social; 7:30 program
Location: John F. Donnelly Conference Center,
Aquinas College Campus
Speaker: Josh Haas
Topic: Hawks on the Wing: Seeing beyond the field marks

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 enough in back-lit conditions and when birds are too far away to show color. Flight ID has long been the best way to identify hawks at a distance, but books only take it so far. Join hawk watcher Josh Haas as he shares the principles of efficient hawk migration, why Michigan is a hawk-watching paradise and the evolution of hawk ID. Plus, watch clips from his newly released movie “Hawks on the Wing.” Josh’s program and movie also feature side-by-side videos of hawks in flight to help you improve your skills.

Josh first developed a love for hawks working with the birds of prey at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. A hawk-watching trip to Lake Erie Metropark opened his eyes to hawks in migration. He started learning from veteran hawk watchers and became hooked. He spent seven fall seasons working with the Detroit River Hawk Watch as a relief counter. There he honed his skills and developed a love for teaching visitors unique ways of telling the shadowy specks apart. This, combined with his experience in bird photography and videography, took his teaching to a new level. His goal of making hawks accessible to everyone has spawned his new movie “Hawks on the Wing,” teaching viewers hawks in flight through the use of video and audio commentary. Josh’s passion started with raptors but he can be found birding and photographing in all seasons, often with his wife and daughter.

The public is invited to attend this interesting program as a guest of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club. There is no charge for admission.

Meeting Information


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The Donnelly Center is located at 157 Woodward Lane SE between Fulton Street and Robinson Road. Parking is available in Lots "S" and "T" off Woodward Ln. The center entrance is on the north side of the building.