Did you know that the American Kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon? A drive through Michigan farm country is sometimes rewarded with glimpses of this colorful bird perched on a wire or fencepost, eyeing a juicy insect or small mammal. Join us as we learn from Dr. Catherine Lindell about efforts to help fruit growers and American Kestrels by enhancing our agricultural landscapes with nest boxes. She and her lab group have worked with sweet cherry and blueberry growers in Michigan. Kestrels eat a wide variety of crop pests. She will discuss their success in attracting kestrels to fruit-production areas and their role in deterring crop pests.
Dr. Lindell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations at Michigan State University. She and her students investigate the roles birds play in agricultural and restoration contexts. She teaches courses in ecology and tropical biology. For anyone who is interested, more information can be found at her website https://clindell.natsci.msu.edu/.
We hope you’ll join us on Monday, October 28, at People’s Church, 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.
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks
Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September, starting at the Trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. We walk about five miles roundtrip in 2-4 hours depending on the weather and the sights and sounds along the way. Anyone with a time crunch can turn around and walk back on their own.
Saturday November 2, 10:30 AM, Beginner Birding at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, Leaders: Donna Keller, Kent Martin (256-751-3358), and Shana Ramsey
Meet at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitors Center. The hatchery is six miles west of US-131 on the southwest corner of M-43 and Fish Hatchery Drive. Turn south onto Fish Hatchery Drive and enter the parking lot by the second drive on the right.
This is a joint trip with the Hatchery Visitors Center. We will walk the grounds of the hatchery with our focus being on the ponds and ducks. Because they are large and are found in the open, ducks are generally excellent candidates for beginners to identify. We will go over the process of identifying birds using a field guide. Some of the species we might see are Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, and Gadwall. We’ll also look at other species that present themselves. The trip will be about 1.5 to 2 hours, and we will walk about a mile or so. Important: Please be sure to dress warmer than you think you should and wear a windproof outer layer. We may be doing as much standing as walking, and if one is not dressed properly, standing around in the wind can be cold. Birding is a lot more fun when one is warm and we want to enjoy ourselves.
Are we ready for the Thanksgiving turkey and the slow- approaching of Old Man Winter? To ease us out of autumn and our Thanksgiving feast-induced lethargy, let’s make a point to attend our monthly meeting on November 25! This month we will take a virtual trip to yet another warm place on the planet teeming with bird life and wildlife via a presentation entitled “Birding and Wildlife of India” by ASK’s very own Dr. Sudhir K. Reddy.
India not only boasts of being the last country in the world where both the tiger and the lion are found in the wild, but the country has strong roots for nature conservation deeply embedded in its spirituality. Learn how age-old traditions of religion and culture protect the rich flora, fauna, and overall biodiversity of India from challenges faced by vast economic growth, specifically population growth and industrialization.
Sudhir has been a member of ASK for nearly a decade, both during his scientific tenure at Pfizer Animal Health and Zoetis, and now in his retirement. As a veterinarian from India with advanced degrees in microbiology and immunology from universities of Saskatchewan and Montreal in Canada, working for four different animal health companies in Minnesota, Georgia, Iowa, and Michigan, he has been interested in nature conservation, wildlife photography, and birdwatching for more than 30 years.
In his retirement, Sudhir is taking the opportunity to travel to his homeland, India, regularly. His presentation will be a bird’s eye view on wildlife with his own photography and others’, from backyards to field trips, as well as wilderness safaris in India.
We hope you’ll join us on Monday, November 25, at 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.