We are For the Birds!

The Beckham Bird Club, Inc., in existence since 1935, is a nonprofit organization of men, women, and children who are interested in birds, ecology, and nature. It is named for Charles Wickliffe Beckham, the first native Kentuckian to achieve a national reputation as an ornithologist.

Wood Thrush

Beckham Bird Club members are people who like birds, enjoy watching them, and want to keep in touch with others who also enjoy the sport. Birding can be as relaxing or strenuous as desired. Some prefer backyard birding – others prefer field trips. Either way, birding provides the enthusiast with excitement, the chance to learn, and fun. The Beckham Bird Club welcomes both individuals and families as members.

Duck Stamps

Do you know about the Duck Stamp?  It used to be called the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.  The stamp is sold for $15 beginning in July each year.  Funds support the National Wildlife Refuge System and 98 cents of every dollar goes directly to purchasing bird habitat. 

Many birders are understandably hesitant to buy a Duck Stamp because they don't want to be seen as supporting waterfowl hunting and because there has been no way to separate contributions by birders from those of hunters  -- UNTIL NOW. The American Birding Association (ABA) just started selling Duck Stamps on their website.  By purchasing a Duck Stamp through the ABA you will be counted as a birder, not a hunter AND you will be supporting the most effective conservation initiative in the U.S.

OK it's a little more trouble to buy your Duck Stamp through the ABA and it's a little more expensive because you have to pay to have it mailed to you, but isn't it worth it to be counted as a birder and to help the ABA demonstrate birders' support for habitat and bird conservation? 

This is not a fund-raiser for the ABA; they are not seeking to make any money doing this. What they want from this effort is an accounting of birders, not just in numbers but in dollars and cents.

Please consider purchasing a Duck Stamp this year, and doing via the ABA's website here.

Availability: June 27, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Meeting Time and Place

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month (except March and June) at 7:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street off of Frankfort Avenue, in Louisville, KY. (click the link for a Google map) Occasionally our meetings are held at other locations, the newsletter indicates any such changes. Programs are varied and include lectures, discussions, panels, slides, movies and the many phases of ornithological study.

Join us for our meeting at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, in the Community Room on Tuesday, December 7, 2014.

Our program this month will be given by Charles Logsdon. Charlie is the public lands biologist for Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational Area. His topic is Avian and Other Species Management on Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area. Some key points he will cover in his program are: history of Otter Creek in terms of ownership; vegetation characteristics; surveys; key birding locations and changes in birding populations over time; deer population management and the response of understory vegetation, ground/shrub nesting birds to reduction; development of long term management and business plans for the area; and update on efforts to radio tag a golden eagle. Hope you will join us at the Clifton Center on Payne Street at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9.