For Young Birders...
and kids of all ages!
Share your thoughts and see what other attendees are saying.
Send us photos you took today for today's photo album.
Check the daily bracket and make your picks for today!
The weekend bird list totaled 173 Species! Thanks for contributing. Click here to review our list!
Let's all remember to have fun and do some birding during the meeting over these three days. We hope that these tips can help you experience the meeting as a birding experience.
A cumulative weekend birding list is being assembled from eBird data. Click here to see the most recent update of the Kentucky weekend bird list. The final list will be entered on Monday morning.
Good birding to all! (Also featured in the Young Birders Zone).
Presented by Todd Fearer
Run time: 29:04
We are pleased to present Todd Fearer, who will give our Keynote Address.
Todd joined the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) in 2010 as the Science Coordinator and became Coordinator in 2012. Prior to working with the AMJV, he was an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas' School of Forest Resources. He received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with minors in Forest Science and International Agriculture from Penn State University. He then went on to obtain both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech. Todd's office is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center with the VA.
Click the link below to enjoy Todd's address.
Presentation by David Lang
Run time: Self paced or about 9 minutes on play
Here David shares a look at some of his favorite fascinating fauna found in Kentucky.
Click below to see his work. Enjoy!
Presentation by Doug Wechsler
Run time: 14:35
Doug Wechsler is a nationally recognized and much-awarded nature photographer and author. He is the former director of VIREO, the Visual Resources for Ornithology, at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. As curator of this photo collection, Doug traveled to all corners of the world in search of rare and unknown birds. He is the author of dozens of children's nature books, including the series Really Wild Life of Frogs; Really Wild Life of Birds of Prey; Really Wild Life of Snakes, and many others. His books, articles, and photos are admired by naturalists around the United States. He has received numerous scientific awards for his writings and photographs.
Doug's program for KOS describes how the discovery of a new species of antpitta in Ecuador catalyzed the formation of a national system of wildlife refuges. Today, the Jocotoco Foundation protects over 50,000 acres of tropical habitat, home to over one thousand bird species.
Presented by Steve Kistler, KOS Member
Run time: Self paced
This is the second day, and Steve's quiz gets a bit more challenging today. And yes, the quiz tomorrow will be even a bit tougher than this.
Click the image below to try the day two quiz!
Presentation by Gage Barnes, KOS Grant Recipient
Run time: 16:02
Gage is a grant recipient from the KOS Burt L. Monroe, Jr. Avian Research Fund. In this video Gage provides a report on his study of how Osprey nesting success is affected by the presence of Telecommunication Towers in their habitat areas.
Click below to view Gage's report
Presentation by Freya McGregor
Run time: 28:48
Now that we've learnt what we can do as individual birders to make bird watching more welcoming and inclusive, join Freya McGregor to learn about programs and initiatives which do this really well. We'll delve into programs that are explicitly aimed at being accessible and welcoming for birders who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, birders who identify as LGBTQIA+ and birders with a disability, in the hope you will be inspired to create a similar program at your bird club or Audubon chapter. More ideas, resources and links to the resources mentioned during the presentation can be found here.
View Freya's video below
By James Wheat
Run time: Self paced
There has been a recent change in the common name of the McCown's Longspur, which is now called the Thick-billed Longspur. The new name is descriptive and useful in identifying this bird in the field; the eponymic bird name wasn't. Bird names which honor people are also known as honorifics.
Changing the common names of birds is done under the auspices of the American Ornithological Society's North American Classification Committee (NACC). Changes are not taken lightly, and things don't happen overnight. From the revised Guidelines for English Bird Names:
Try your hand at updating some Kentucky bird names. (Also featured in the Young Birders Zone).
Photos by You, KOS Members and Guests
Presentation by Meg Brown, KOS Member
Run time: Self paced
Please enjoy our album of photos taken today (9/19/2020), on day two of our meeting. These are selected photos submitted by members and guests.
Be sure to check back in on both the Day One album and today's album again later. Photos taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will continue to be added to their respective albums as we receive them, even after the meeting has ended. Let's keep those photos coming in!
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