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Spotlight: Hampshire Bird Club

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Hampshire Bird Club

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VERBATIM: “Birds are probably the most visible connection that any human anywhere has to nature” – Geoff LeBaron, vice-president and program chair.

WHAT: A nonprofit organization that helps members and the general public enjoy birding and educate them about birds, bird watching, and bird habits. “We are a bird club, but we have diverse interests, many of our members are all-around naturalists,” LeBaron said.

WHEN: Meetings are held September to June at 7:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public. The next meeting will be held May 13, when David Spector and Friends will present “Winging and Singing – Songs for the Birds.”

PERKS: Members receive a monthly newsletter about programs and field trips, have access to the Hampshire Bird Club lending library located at the Hitchcock Center, and can join the Rare Bird Alert email list or telephone tree. An individual membership costs $18 in dues.

ACTIVITIES: The Hampshire Bird Club offers day and overnight field trips with no cost other than travel, meals and incidental fees. While many are open to the public, some require club membership.

FUN FACTS: The Hampshire Bird Club has been around since 1984 and has over 300 members ranging from scientists to students. The club now hopes to get more youth involved.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit hampshirebirdclub.org.

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