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WAS programs are free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.

The Delisting of the Gray Wolf: A Conservationist's Call to Action

icon date2 Wednesday, March 17, 2021
icon timer 07:10pm
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Gray Wolves were delisted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in the entire lower 48 states, effective January 4, 2021. Given that the Gray Wolf has viable populations in only a handful of states, this seems to be an effort to prevent, not encourage, further recovery of a still endangered species. Join Washtenaw Audubon's Conservation Chair, Cathy Theisen, DVM, to examine why this unusual and scientifically unsound interpretation of the Endangered Species Act should be of concern to conservationists, birders and wildlife watchers everywhere. Zoom link below:

https://umich.zoom.us/j/99877609593
Or dial-in: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 998 7760 9593
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The Kirtland's Warbler: From the brink of extinction to a new model for endangered species conservation

icon date2 Wednesday, April 21, 2021
icon timer 07:10pm
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The Kirtland’s Warbler, once on the brink of extinction, was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2019. There are lots of reasons to celebrate, but we can't say we're done and walk. The continuing conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler has special challenges. The Kirtland's Warbler is "conservation reliant," which means that humans will need to continue to intervene on its behalf for as long as we can see into the future. But, that intervention will include some bold new thinking.

Bill Rapai is executive director of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, a nonprofit formed in 2013 to support Kirtland's Warbler conservation. He is also the author of The Kirtland’s Warbler: The story of a bird’s fight for survival and the people who saved it, published in 2012 by University of Michigan Press.

https://umich.zoom.us/j/99024353948
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Meeting ID: 990 2435 3948
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Birding Devon and Beyond with Ben Lucking

icon date2 Wednesday, May 19, 2021
icon timer 07:10pm
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After racking up 266 species in Washtenaw County since he started birding here as a lad, often on Washtenaw Audubon field trips, Ben Lucking transferred to the University of Exeter in the English county of Devon. Though he obviously spends much of his time studying, in his spare time he’s seen 170 species in his couple of years in Devon, good for 7th place on the eBird top 100 life list for the county. From his room in Devon via the magic of Zoom, Ben will describe some of his birding adventures in the UK, with a few forays to more exotic locales, such as North Africa.

https://umich.zoom.us/j/97522069279
Or dial-in: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 975 2206 9279
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Birding Costa Rica with David Dister

icon date2 Wednesday, November 17, 2021
icon timer 07:10pm
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This program has been rescheduled to November 17, 2021 from this year, due to our speaker's preference for presenting an in person program. Birding Costa Rica. Dave's fabulous photos make this a much anticipated program. In-person at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Hopefully we will find it safe to conduct in person programs by this time. Dave Dister recently published A Field Guide to the Birds of Mason County, MI and Ludington State Park. Copies of this book will be available at the program.

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