Did you know that kettles rise on warm updrafts? They do. Of course these kettles are groups of Red-tailed or Broad-winged Hawks or other raptors rising up on the warm updrafts to save energy as they migrate over long expanses such as one of the Great Lakes. Kathy Bricker and her husband, Jim, will come with some of their excitement of watching these kettles rise at the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch.
Kathy has been a nature geek since she was a kid. She was birding by age 9, and in high school received a Summer Science Training scholarship to the University of Washington. After getting her Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Michigan, she did research in limnology (study of lakes). She became the first Executive Director of the Little Traverse Conservancy and co-founded Recycle North in Petoskey, then spent 15 years in Ocean Conservancy. She has great birding credentials, of course, as past President of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, and she was on the Michigan Audubon board. She is a co-founder of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch and is a principal organizer of the Mackinaw Raptor Fest.
Much of Kathy’s presentation will center on the work of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch studying the hawks and owls and their adaptations to the top-of-the-food-chain lifestyle.
I think you better come and see those kettles rise. The program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.
Starting to think spring? A little warmth, a little humidity, basking in a lush beautiful location? Come along, we’ll go to Ecuador where you can choose your favorite climate, altitude, and have 1,663 known bird species to chase down in a relatively small area. Ecuador is only slightly larger than the combined area of the Dakotas. But let’s talk about birds. Seventeen percent of the world’s species of birds are there! Yes, you will have to climb some mountains. Or fight your way through some heavy forests along the rivers, or you can travel this lush little country and see a plethora of birds by joining Ed and Katie Bolt and the rest of us at the March Audubon meeting.
Veteran travelers and birders, Ed and Katie have birded in Mexico’s Yucatan, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and all the states but Hawaii. Katie recently retired from her school psychologist career and Ed is a “substantially retired” architect. Both native Michiganders, Ed brought Katie to the “west side” and made Grand Rapids home. But it was Katie who got interested in the birds, attending an ornithology class at Grand Rapids Community College; she then joined the Grand Rapids Audubon Society. Katie brought Ed to the Grand Rapids Audubon Society, and he served as their President from 2009 to 2011.
If you can’t get to Ecuador, this may be the best introduction to spring you can get. Join us Monday, March 27 at the People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.