ORAS September Kick-off Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, September 1st for our September kick-off meeting at UGA's Odum School of Ecology auditorium! The meeting will feature a talk by Dr. Richard Hall about the joys of backyard birding. Doors will be open at 6:30pm with the talk starting at 7pm. There will also be a silent auction along with light refreshments. We strongly encourage participants to wear masks at the event. Please see below for more details about the talk and the speaker.

(Photo credit: Richard Hall)


Watching birds in our backyards brings us cheer and a sense of connection to nature, and as the human footprint on the landscape increases, our backyards may become vital habitats for declining species. This talk will provide lessons learned from a decade of converting a small, heavily-invaded, in-town yard into a pocket nature reserve, highlight native plants and other landscape features that attract wildlife, and showcase the surprising diversity of birds that have shown up since.



(Photo credit: Richard Hall)


Born in England, Hall developed a lifelong fascination with birds from a young age. His enthusiasm for the natural world led him to pursue a career in Ecology. He has been on the faculty of the Odum School of Ecology and the Dept. of Infectious Diseases at UGA since 2009, where his research focuses on changing patterns of animal movement and wildlife diseases, and he serves on the board of Oconee Rivers Audubon Society.


We look forward to seeing everyone!