The Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club will hold its May Census
on Saturday May 11, 2002, with a rain date of the 12th.
This count includes all of Dutchess County, not just
the 20-mile circle for the Christmas count. This bird
count was started in 1919 by Maunsell Crosby of Rhinebeck,
who, along with Ludlow Griscom, Allen Frost, and Raymond
G. Guernsey, conducted the census until 1931. From 1931
to 1945 the census was conducted by Frost and Guernsey
plus George A. Gray and Frank L. Gardiner. Ralph T. and
Otis Waterman joined the group in 1945 and 1946 respectively.
In the early 50's Eleanor Pink, Marion VanWagner, Helen
Czecher Terhune and students in Ralph T. Waterman's class joined
the birders. In May 1959 the club took over the count.
You may participate on your own or join a group. Joining
a group is best to assure not duplicating areas of count.
There is no participation fee for the May Count. Please
list all species and their COUNT and submit them on the current
county checklist at the evening potluck or by mail
by May 20th to William R. Case, 19 Magnolia Drive Wappingers
Falls, NY 12590. Last year's count of 152 species was
below the 2000 count of 162 species. We have some work
to do to keep up the record counts with a declining population
of counters. PLEASE CONTACT LEADERS AND GIVE THEM YOUR
SUPPORT EVEN IF ONLY TABULATING THE BIRDS FOUND.
|Vassar & Poughkeepsie
||Carol & Ken
Mtn, Cruger's Island, Norrie Pt.
Millerton, Thompson Pond
Point, Deep Hollow
of Fishkill, Town of Wappinger
College, Tivoli Bays, Poet's Walk, Ferncliff Forest
Feeder Watchers PLEASE HELP IN OUR COUNT !!!!!
ANYONE wishing to help in the count please contact the
leader of your area or me, William Case, at 831-4887 or
. By the time
you read this, the Leader Required areas will be filled.
May Census Potluck
You are invited to our annual May Census Potluck supper held
at Elaine Andersen's house (see Wings Over Dutchess for
the address). We will begin gathering about 6:30 pm Census
Day. If you wish to bird later, come when you can. Beverages
will be provided and we welcome your gift of something tasty
to share with your HUNGRY fellow birders. Elaine has opened
her house to us and we all should thank her for the effort
she has made this year and past years to make our Census
Days so special.
Over Dutchess, April