Category Archives: Otter Creek Audubon Society

OCAS Cabin Fever Lecture: Why Ghana? by Hank Kaestner

World-traveling birder, Hank Kaestner will give a presentation on Ghana, a seldom visited West African nation which is rich in history, culture and, of course, birds, many of which are range restricted to western Africa. From the rain forests in the south, to the sub-Saharan desert in the north, colorful birds abound. Hank spent two weeks chasing “lifers” there, seeing almost 300 species of birds, one third of which were new for his life list. Recorded 3/12/20.

Producer: Ron Payne/Otter Creek Audubon Society

OCAS Cabin Fever Lecture: Plants for Birds by Gwendolyn Causer

Native plants provide food and shelter for birds and wildlife. To survive, birds need native plants and the insects that have co-evolved with them. Bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change. Join Gwendolyn Causer, Audubon Vermont, teacher/naturalist and Communications Director, for a presentation about why native plants matter: What are the threats? What are the solutions? Recorded 2/13/20.

Producer: Ron Payne/Otter Creek Audubon Society

OCAS Cabin Fever Lecture: Long-Eared Owls by Ron Payne

Otter Creek Audubon Society presents Cabin Fever Lecture Series. Long-eared Owls are are perhaps the most secretive native owl in our area and had long been the most difficult for birders to find. OCAS President, Ron Payne, will detail a three-year quest to to find Long-eared Owls and learn how they are using the landscape in Addison County Free and open to the public. Recorded 1/9/20.

Producer: Ron Payne/Otter Creek Audubon Society

OCAS Cabin Fever Lecture by Hank Kaestner: Jewels of Ecuador

Hank Kaestner shares highlights of his April 2017 birding trip to Ecuador. Hank saw almost 400 bird species in one week, including 45 different hummingbirds. They are the jewels of Ecuador! Hank managed to add 75 new species to his life list on the trip, which was set up primarily as a “target” trip to see as many new birds as possible. Recorded 2/15/18.

Producer: Ron Payne/Otter Creek Audubon Society

OCAS Cabin Fever Lecture by Bridget Butler: Crows and Ravens

They’re considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others are an endless curiosity. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler as she pulls back the shroud on these birds known as corvids. Find out how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows and ravens, and their complex social structure. Learn how you can help unravel the mystery of “murders” of crows that form in the winter by participating in the Crows In Vermont project. Sponsored by the Otter Creek Audubon Society. Recorded 1/11/18.

Producer: Ron Payne/Otter Creek Audubon Society