Events and Monthly Membership Meetings

About Monthly Membership Meetings

Each month from September through May, South Shore Audubon Society presents a nature-themed program. All are invited to attend; and there is absolutely no charge.

TIME: 7:30 P.M.


DATE: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - TO BE HELD ONLINE

Speaker(s): Ken Elkins

Topic: Bird Nests

Details: BIRD NESTS: We see birds as they’re feeding and hear them singing, but their lives in and around the nest are hidden high in the trees or dense in the brush. The feat of building a nest is impressive, and we’ll explore some of the most unique and creative nest builders. Then we’ll also get a glimpse into their secret lives of feeding and raising their young.

Presented by Ken Elkins, Community Conservation Manager, Audubon CT

Ken's interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, while watching the birds at his grandmother's feeders in Vermont, and he has been obsessed ever since. After earning a degree in Environmental Biology and Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, he started his career in conservation education at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, CT and quickly moved onto Connecticut Audubon Society. There, he taught at all 5 of their Audubon Centers and became their Director of Education. He led many EcoTravel trips and organized their World Series of Birding team for 8 years.

In 2008, Ken moved onto National Audubon, where he's now the Community Conservation Manager, based at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury. As a 2011 TogetherGreen Fellow, Ken co-developed the nationally recognized Bird Tales program and training materials with dementia care specialist Randy Griffin. He has trained over 100 dementia care staff and volunteers to implement the Bird Tales program 10 states, Canada, and Great Britain. Ken is past-President of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He has served as the Christmas Bird Count compiler for the Woodbury-Roxbury CBC since 2012 and is a Regional Coordinator for the 2018-2020 Connecticut Bird Atlas project.

Watch the Previous Meeting Online:

You can watch a recording and read a transcript of the May 12, 2020 Bird Nests program here

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Enjoy watching the program, and then enjoy watching bird nests in you backyard, neighborhood, and local parks!