October 18 (Wed.) – New Jersey’s Elusive Hunter: The Bobcat by David Wheeler
By the 1960’s, bobcats were virtually extinct in New Jersey due to habitat loss and hunting. Restoration projects in the late 70’s and early 80’s led to the reintroduction of 24 bobcats back into the state, with the hope of monitoring the population over the years as it established a breeding and stable population. Today, they are New Jersey’s only remaining wild cat and listed as one of NJ’s endangered species.
David Wheeler is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Mr. Wheeler has worked on wildlife conservation and environmental issues in New Jersey and beyond for more than a decade. He is the author of the book Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State, and a contributor to the book, Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands and Beyond. Mr. Wheeler earned his M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. from American University in Washington DC. Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s endangered and threatened wildlife and the habitats they depend on. They carry out their mission by researching and managing rare animal species, restoring habitat, educating New Jersey’s residents, and engaging volunteers in their conservation projects. Since the early 1990’s. CWF scientists and educators have helped conserve and protect a variety of at-risk species of wildlife in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation.
November 15 (Wed.) – Birdsong: Nature’s Chorus by Gabriel Willow
Possibly one of the most delightful behaviors birds have evolved is their ability to sing. Birdsongs has inspired poets and musicians for millennia, and may be the source behind our own song and music. As any serious birder knows, learning birdsong is also essential to locating and identifying birds; many species are much easier to hear than to see. In this program, naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow will explore the world of birdsong, the morphology and biology behind it, and how to identify some of the more common songs in our area.
Gabriel Willow is and Educator and Urban Naturalist with a particular passion for birds. He has a background in Human Ecology and Conservation Biology. He leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon, Wave Hill, and others, and was the Senior Naturalist at the Prospect Park Audubon Center in Brooklyn for several years. He has led tours to all five Boroughs, throughout NY, and abroad. He co-created an innovative interactive citizen science program & app called The WildLab. He is also an illustrator and DJ.
December 20 (Wed.) – Conservation Award Presentation & Holiday Party
January 17, 2018 (Wed.) –“The Bird Watcher Speaks” by Jim Wright
Jim Wright has been writing “The Bird Watcher” column since 2009 – roughly 200. In this talk for the BCAS, Jim talks about his favorite columns on the incredible birds, people and places he has encountered along the way. Jim asks that anyone who has a recent Wild Turducken photo that he can use in his presentation contact Jim directly.
MONTHLY PROGRAMS & MEETINGS on Wednesdays at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Puffin Way, Teaneck. Business Meeting at 7:30pm. Programs begin at 8pm. All programs are free and open to the public.
Location: Teaneck Creek Conservancy
20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ
Refreshments available prior to meeting
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