A big thank you to our members and fans who believe that education is the way to raise public awareness for protecting and preserving our natural areas and protecting species.
WCAS Program Updates November 2020
By Gloria Ferris, Board Member & Chair, Fundraising
The Guardians of Nature
The Guardians of Nature group continues to provide feedback and suggestions to improve WCAS presentations and events.
A big thank you to our members and fans who believe that education is the way to raise public awareness for protecting and preserving habitat. Safeguarding our natural areas and protecting our species is the way to ensure a biodiverse environment for us and generations to come. Seeing the environment through the eyes of birds is a unique and effective way to reach a broad audience and you are helping develop the concept. Thank You!
Every month two Guardians of Nature meetings are held on the third and fourth Thursday at 7:00 p.m. However, November and December dates are different to accommodate the holiday season. November's meetings are:
We we will hold ONE meeting in December on Thursday, the 17th at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join our Christmas Bird Count event which is free and open to the public. It is ALWAYS a lot of fun. See, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2020: IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR.
In January, we will go back to our regular schedule:
Programs are hosted at the WCAS Virtual Conference Center.
The WCAS Book Club
In September, we began a Sunday hourly program twice a month from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the suggestion of Board member, Nancy Howell. The first session features an author and one of their books. Questions and answers from the audience are encouraged. The second session is a book discussion featuring the favorite nature books of the participants. It is especially fun when our authors participate. Both sessions are led by moderator, Gloria Ferris, WCAS Board member. "I am thoroughly enjoying myself. " Please join us.
On Sundays November 15 & 22, David Lindo, WCAS Global Ambassador and international celebrity birder, is our presenting author of the hour. He will be sharing tips and pointers from his book, "How to be an Urban Birder". As always, questions from the audience are welcomed. See, Book Author Series November 15 & 22, 2020: "How to Be an Urban Birder" by David Lindo, The Urban Birder
Sunday, December 13th, will feature author Laura Erickson and her newly released book, "The Love Lives of Birds: Courting and Mating Rituals". There will NOT be a second session in December. We again suggest you participate in the WCAS Christmas Bird Count which you can do from your cozy home as a backyard retreat OR ask for a driving route or walking route.
Sunday, January 17 & 24 features "Studies of Familiar Birds" by Carrie Green, author and presenter. This book of poetry is based on the plates Joy Kiser chose from "Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio" by Genevieve Estelle Jones. Carrie, and Joy (TBD) too, will be joining our favorite second program of the month nature books session. You may be interested to watch the September program recording featuring Joy Kiser, WCAS Book of the Month Sept 2020: "America's Other Audubon".
Tickets are $20 per month for two sessions, or $12 per session for non-members, $10 members. Ticket prices defray the costs of production and marketing. Subscribe to the WCAS email list to receive Book Club announcements, updates, and learn about book discount codes offered on some books.
In August, WCAS launched a monthly fundraiser featuring a bird that is familiar in our area -- a stable presence, a comeback, threatened or endangered species. Our goal was to collect a minimum of $100 a month for 12 months to help defray costs of our online programs, challenges, workshops, and events. See the Birds-of-the-Month Schedule.
Although expenses are now different due to switching from face-to-face events to online meet ups, we still do have fixed expenses that need to be covered each month if we are to continue serving our community with programs that raise awareness and educate members and the public about conservation issues through the eye of birds.
WCAS Monthly Photo Contests
We also have tied a monthly photo contest to our bird-of-the-month fundraiser and in these first few months we have received some great entries. Our area boasts a lot of talented bird photographers and we hope that more and more of you will enter. See photo contest announcements at the News Blog.
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