Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS)

Established in 1968 – A Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970

2021 Charter Celebration

DOAS 54th Anniversary Celebration (VIRTUAL EVENT) – Friday, October 15, 2021

Mark Your Calendars for the 54th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, taking place on Friday, October 15, 2021 starting at 6:30 p.m. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting our usual Charter Dinner in-person this year.

After reviewing the results of our online survey and after lengthy discussion, the DOAS Board of Directors, out of an abundance of caution, concluded that it would be best to forgo the in-person dinner. Like last year, the celebration will take place completely online.

The familiar Bucket Raffle is currently underway and has gone virtual. It features many fine items generously donated by local artisans and patrons. Photos of all raffle items and information for how to obtain raffle tickets are available at the link below. For patrons who do not use the internet, we will gladly mail you the raffle information. Contact us by phone at 607-397-3815 or by mail at PO Box 544, Oneonta, 13820.

Our featured presenter will be naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul, who provided a captivating program for us in April on the wonders of migration. His Zoom presentation for the Charter Celebration will focus on the smallest owl found in the east, the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a species he has been researching for over a quarter of a century. Details about Scott’s presentation are available at the link below. You can register to attend on this page or on the program detail page.

A donation of $25 is suggested (but not required) in lieu of dinner fees. You must register in advance for the celebration/webinar using the form below by October 15th. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You will receive a reminder email the day before the event.

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  • 6:30pm  Charter Celebration Welcome and DOAS Annual Report
     Final Raffle Sales (ticket sales will end at 7:30pm)
  • 7:30pm  KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Northern Saw-whet Owl with Scott Weidensaul
  • 8:30pm  Raffle Drawing Winners Announced
    Event Closing

KEYNOTE: Twenty-five Years of Late Nights and Wee Owls

This program is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. Pre-registration is required.

Perched Saw-whet Owl; Photo by Scott Weidensaul.

For the past quarter-century, researcher and author Scott Weidensaul has overseen a major project to understand the migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls in the central Appalachians, using a variety of techniques — banding, geolocators, radio telemetry, even radar and infrared cameras — to study their movements. After banding more than 12,000 owls, he and his colleagues have peeled back much of the mystery around this smallest of Eastern owls, but many questions still remain — and they’re not going to get a good night’s sleep in the fall any time soon.

About the Presenter

Scott Weidensaul banding a Saw-whet Owl; Photo by Howard Eskin.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind” and his latest, the New York Times bestseller “A World on the Wing.” Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and writes for a variety of other publications, including Living Bird. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

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P.O. Box 544
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 397-3815

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