Meetings and Events


Lincoln’s Sparrow

Monthly programs are held on the fourth Monday of most months, featuring speakers from various organizations who bring us fascinating presentations on birds, other wildlife, and the environment. Refreshments and conversation take place after each meeting.

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at 7:30pm at the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located on Route 55, about .3 mile west of the Taconic State Parkway, across from Arlington High School. Beginning January 2018, we meet in the new addition to the left (east) of the church. Park and enter the large center doors. Our room is on the left side of the hall. In addition, an informal dinner at the Daily Planet restaurant (close by and also on Route 55) takes place beginning at 5:45pm before each program meeting. No reservations are necessary — just show up!

In November, our monthly program is replaced by an Annual Dinner meeting; in July and in December, there are no meetings. All programs are open to the public free of charge, except for a very few labeled Members Only. If you’d like to join, see All events are subject to change.

In case of bad weather, meetings will be cancelled. Please listen to local radio stations or go to for cancellation information.



January 28LESVOS: Europe's Biggest Week
by Gina Nichol

The Greek Island of Lesvos is renowned for its ancient history, incomparable natural beauty and tradition of hospitality. Celebrated as the Princess of the Northwest Aegean Sea, this stunning island has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration. In late April and early May, a continual stream of migrating birds pass over the island as they move from their wintering grounds in Africa to their breeding grounds in Europe. Keen birders return year after year to experience the migration magic of Lesvos and search out the island’s special birds, including Krüper’s Nuthatch, Cinereous Bunting, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Rüppell’s Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Isabelline Wheatear, Masked and Red-backed Shrike and more. This program will reveal the avian delights of Lesvos with vivid photographs of its birds against the backdrop of charming fishing villages, sea coasts, salt pans, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the slopes of Mount Olympus.

A naturalist and birder for more than twenty-five years, Gina first became fascinated with the natural world in rural upstate New York where she spent most of her childhood out of doors. Gina received her B.S. in Environmental Education from Cornell University and her M.A. in Educational Technology from Fairfield University. She began her career as a Naturalist at the Rye Nature Center in Rye, New York. Gina's interest in human/wildlife interactions then took her to Volunteers for Wildlife in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. There she coordinated the operation of a 24-hour Wildlife Crisis Hotline and developed programs dealing with wildlife rehabilitation.

In 1987, Gina became Program Director for the National Audubon Society in Greenwich, Connecticut. In that capacity, she led numerous environmental workshops and local field trips. While with the National Audubon Society, Gina also led ecotours for Audubon Nature Odysseys. Destinations included Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, the Pacific Northwest, and Baja California. Upon leaving Audubon, Gina taught biology, chemistry, physical and environmental science, and computer courses for several years at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut. While at the Academy, she also worked as the school's Web Manager and Director of

Gina's avid interest in wildlife biology led her to the Yellowstone Institute in Wyoming where she studied animal behavior as well as methods for tracking animal movements. She also worked on a research project on the Isle of Skye in Scotland where she investigated habitat requirements of Eurasian otters. In addition, she participated in an Earthwatch study of mountain lions in the Jim Sage Mountains in Idaho. Her varied interests and love of the natural world have taken her to all seven continents and Gina has led bird watching tours from Alaska to Antarctica to China to Kenya and countless countries in between. In 2005, Gina founded Sunrise Birding, LLC to offer personalized, authentic, affordable private and small group bird watching and wildlife tours around the world.