ORAS September Kick-Off Meeting Features Talk by UGA Professor on Harnessing Technological Advances to Understand Migratory Bird Declines

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is excited to announce that our monthly meeintgs will begin on Thursday, Sept. 2nd. We are offering options to attend the meeting in person at the UGA Odum School of Ecology auditorium and online via Zoom. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the talk will begin at 7pm. Our speaker will be Dr.

ORAS June Picnic to be held at Lake Herrick

Please join us for a picnic potluck and annual officer elections at 6pm on Thursday, June 10! The picnic will be held at the Lake Herrick Pavillion at University of Georgia (111 Lake Herrick Dr.). Please check our website for updates on any weather cancellations or delays. Free parking is available in the intramural field parking deck after 5pm.

Please use this link to register for the event: https://forms.gle/AUVyrX9NQGqusxUb9 

We miss our members and hope to see you there!

ORAS May Meeting: GSU student will talk about Henslow's Sparrow habitat selection in Georgia powerline right-of-ways

Please join us virtually for our monthly meeting at 7pm on Thursday, May 6th where Georgia Southern University Masters student, Abbie Dwire, will talk about her research on Henslow's Sparrow habitat selection in Georgia coastal plains. Please use this link to register for the meeting: https://forms.gle/GXMZET5p3qm4z4eo8. More details about the talk below:

ORAS April Meeting Features Talk about Birds and Butterflies of Honduras

ORAS is thrilled to host Robert Gallardo for a second time for our upcoming speaker meeting on Thursday April 1st at 7pm. The title of his talk is "Birds, and now, the Butterflies of Honduras". Register at this link to get the Zoom login for the talk: https://forms.gle/WDCJqEqr37UGb4UAA

Clemson PhD student will talk about brown pelican movement at March meeting

Please join us virtually for our monthly meeting at 7pm on Thursday, March 4th where Bradley Wilkinson will talk about his research tracking brown pelican movement to gain insight on threats facing the species. Please use this link to obtain a link to the Zoom meeting: https://forms.gle/w24waXSyKmiEdUHi6. More details below:


Audubon Response to Serious Allegations

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society was horrified to learn of the reported sexual assault committed by a well-known member of the birding community. We support and stand with Aisha White and all other survivors of rape and sexual assault. We wish Aisha, all survivors, and BIPOC birders healing and justice. Safe access to the benefits of birds and nature is our highest priority. ORAS will not tolerate activities or behaviors that threaten the wellbeing and safety of any birder, and we are reflecting on ways to achieve this.

National Audubon official statement: https://www.audubon.org/news/audubon-responds-serious-allegations-against-prominent-birder 



ORAS is now accepting applications for its Conservation Grants for the spring 2021 cycle

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society has opened the Spring 2021 application cycle for the Conservation Grants. The purpose of the grant is to support local research, community service, and education activities related to conservation of wildlife and their habitat. Please visit the ORAS Conservation Grant page: http://oconeeriversaudubon.org/grant for more information on the application process and past funded projects. 

The 24th Annual Great Backyard Bird Counts Starts on February 12th

Get your binoculars ready for the Great Backyard Bird Counts! This annual event is a collaboration between National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada to learn about the status of bird populations in the world by taking a "snapshot" of where they are and what they are doing using citizen science.The event will run from Friday, February 12th through Monday, February 15th. To participate, locate a place where you can find birds and record what you see for at least 15 minutes, then share your observations using the Merlin Bird ID app or eBird. Anyone can participate! Follow this link to learn more about the event: https://www.birdcount.org/

UGA PhD student will talk about bird response to reforestation in Costa Rica at February meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, February 4th at 7pm where UGA PhD student, Cody Cox, will talk about his research predicting how different bird species might respond to reforestation efforts in Costa Rica. The meeting will be held via Zoom. To receive a link to the meeting, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/A4y2t8nPAZt1Mu9E9.

 (Photo: Cody Cox)    (Photo: Cody Cox)

ORAS January meeting features talk on movement patterns of American white ibis and whooping cranes and human development

Please join us for our first monthly meeting of 2021 on Thursday, January 7th at 7pm. The meeting will feature talk by UGA PhD student, Claire Teitelbaum, about how movement patterns of Whooping Cranes and American White Ibis change in response to human development (more details below). The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Please visit this link to sign up to attend: https://forms.gle/qAuKjUZkicvsRyZ16. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Happy Holidays!