AOS Virtual Winter Meeting Schedule

Special AOS Winter Meeting Activity:  Bird near home

January 16 to 22, 2021

Share one checklist from nearby birding spot with Geoff Hill (

We’ll compile checklists and review highlights Saturday evening.

Friday Night On-line social

Friday, January 22   5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Open forum social   5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Member slides    6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday Night Keynote Speaker

Saturday, January 23  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Announcements and bird around home compilation/highlights

6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Speaker: Chris Elphic

Rising Sea Levels, Tidal Marshes, and the Birds that depend on them

With rising sea levels, tidal marshes and species that depend on them face many threats.  This talk will describe the status of tidal marsh birds in the northeast, such as the Saltmarsh Sparrow, as well as the ways that marshes are changing, and the role that humans play in protecting coastal ecosystems.  He also plans to discuss his hurricane work.Chris Elphick is a professor of conservation biology in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He grew up in Cheshire, England, and has been interested in birds his entire life – one of his earliest memories is accidentally flushing a dozen long-eared owls from an orchard on a freezing cold morning and watching them all drift inches over the top of one of his father’s mist nets. Chris got his BSc at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, and spent many days on the north Norfolk coast, one of the best areas for birding in the British Isles. As an undergraduate he spent a summer doing bird and plant surveys in Chiapas, Mexico, and a year at the University of California, Irvine. After another year as an itinerant field biologist, he moved to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he did his PhD research in the Central Valley of California and took whatever opportunities he could to go birding in the northern Sierra Nevada and Great Basin. He moved to UConn in 1998 and has been studying coastal marsh birds and their habitats since 2002. He is one of the lead investigators for the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP), a collaborative initiative to understand the ecology and conservation of tidal-marsh birds along the Atlantic seaboard. Chris is a strong advocate for integrating the skills of birders into scientific discovery.  

AOS Virtual Board Meeting Via Zoom

Saturday, January 23  2:00 to 4:00 p.m.