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Calendar of Events

Location for Meetings: Unless otherwise noted, meetings will now be held at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch at Grand Army Plaza

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Members and Non-Members Welcome!

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Saturday, February 11th, 12-3:30 P.M.

Photographing Birds: A Workshop on Techniques for Getting Sharper Images

Presenter: Tom Stephenson

NOTE SPECIAL TIME AND DAY for this event!

This workshop will cover in detail the basic concepts of digital photography and how to best implement them in the field. We’ll discuss the interaction of aperture, depth of field, noise and ISO sensitivity. We’ll also cover focusing problems, benefits and downsides to using flash, and how to compensate for birds moving from dark to light backgrounds.

Processing your photos after you get home is another critical part of bird photography. Post-processing can make the difference between an OK photo and a stunning shot. We’ll discuss the basics of post-processing, what programs to use, and the best techniques for adjusting exposure, color balance, and sharpness. The workshop format will give us plenty of time to go over all of these key concepts in detail and allow for lots of questions.

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the Birds of the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Birds of Madagascar, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil.



Tuesday, February 21st, 7:00 P.M.

Eggs, Parasites, and What We Can Learn From Cowbirds About Ourselves

Presenter: Mark Hauber

At the City University of New York, Mark and his team are studying the social and genetic consequences of species recognition in avian brood parasites, such as cuckoos, cowbirds and their hosts using behavioral, developmental, physiological, and molecular tools. 


In 2014 he published “The Book of Eggs: A Life-Size Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World’s Bird Species.”

Tuesday, March 21st, 7:00 P.M.

Penguins, Albatross, Leopard Seals: The Abundant Life of Wild Antarctica

Presenters: Tom Stephenson and Rob Bate

Antarctica remains one of the most remote and natural places on earth. The wild, rugged scenery includes spectacular icebergs the size of city blocks, snow-covered mountainous peaks, and huge glaciers. It is the breeding grounds for thousands of birds including Snow Petrels, Cape Petrels, Giant Petrels; many species of Penguins, Albatross with wingspans up to 12 feet, and the Skuas and Sheathbills that come to scavenge the nesting areas. It also hosts thousands of huge Elephant, Weddell, Leopard and other seal species along with many whales that all come to feast on the abundant life of the southern ocean.

Join the Brooklyn Bird Club for a photographic extravaganza of this exciting destination.

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the Birds of the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Birds of Madagascar, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil.

Rob Bate is the president of the Brooklyn Bird Club, an artist, and an avid Brooklyn birder and photographer. He very much enjoyed testing out his new gear in Antarctica.



Tuesday, April 18th, 7:00 P.M.

Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Presenter: Heather Wolf

Heather Wolf will talk about her book “Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront” and her urban quest to document and photograph the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Heather is a birder and photographer and is a web developer at theCornell Lab of Ornithology. She leads bird walks, teaches birding classes and documents the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park on her
blog, brooklynbridgebirds.com.

Heather’s photos are currently featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s “New York at its Core” Exhibit and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Environmental Education Center.



 

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