February 5, 2009: General Meeting, 7 pm
Strangers to the Ground:Â The Birds of Tern Island, Hawaii
presented by Matthew York
Matthew York is a graduate of Baylor University.Â He did his Masters’ work for Sul Ross State University concentrating on life ecology of Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) in the Davis Mountains, Texas.
In addition to having an interest in birds as far back as he can remember, he has served as an Avian Wildlife Biologist with several species and organizations.Â These include work with Golden-cheeked Warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) for The Nature Conservancy at Fort Hood,Â Â Seabird Field Assistant at Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge on Tern IslandÂ Field StationÂ with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:
Matt rescues a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle at Tern Island
This past year he servedÂ as Avian Field Biologist with the Institute forÂ Wildlife Studies.Â There, he was a part of the San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi)Â Recovery and Monitoring Project.Â This endangered subspecies is found only on San Clemente Island, the southernmost member of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California.Â Recently moving back to Texas to be closer to home andÂ loved ones, he will be working for Texas A&M analyzing habitat characteristics, nesting locations, and presence or absenceÂ of the Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla) in portions of central Texas.
Please join us February 5, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Rose Park Activity Center, Room A, South 7th and Barrow Streets. Our meetings are free and open to the public.
A Laysan Albatross (l) saunters past a pair of Black-footed Albatrosses during their bonding dance on Tern Island
Note: February field trips and other activities will be added as soon as they are confirmed.