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Meetings & Programs

MEETINGS are held the first Monday of each month, October through December and March through May, at 7:00 PM. The October-December meetings will be held virtually this year due to continued COVID concerns. The March-May meetings will be in the Tolman Wing of the Springfield Science Museum (The Quadrangle). Parking is in the Edwards St. lot, one block from Chestnut St. and State St. in Springfield.

Allen Bird Club 2022-2023 Meeting and Program Schedule

Due to the continuing risk that COVID-19 poses, we will hold our first three meetings virtually with Zoom. You can attend from the comfort of your own home. Details will be sent to members by email and will also appear here on our website as each meeting approaches. We have planned for in-person presentations for the spring meetings to be held at the Springfield Science Museum. See directions above.

OCTOBER 3, 2022, 7 PM - Virtual meeting with ZOOM

Birds of Chile - Longtime Allen Bird Club members Lois and Al Richardson have shared their love of birding by leading many ABC field trips over the years. In this presentation, let the Richardsons take you on a virtual field trip to South America - birding in the country of Chile. Lois’s narration and Al’s photographs will whet your wanderlust and wow the inner ornithologist in us all. 

If you are not a member, register for this Zoom presentation by emailing us at

NOVEMBER 7, 2022, 7 PM - Virtual meeting with ZOOM

Cape Ann to Merrimack River - Bill Gette is founder and former director of the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, MA. During his PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Gette will take you on a photographic excursion from the rocky headlands of Cape Ann, through historic Essex, to the expansive saltmarshes and the barrier island beaches at the mouth of the Merrimack River. He will show you an incredible variety of wildlife that not only survives but prospers there during harsh New England winters. He will also share maps so you can plan a winter adventure on your own, and he’ll show you examples of wildlife typical of each location on your virtual itinerary, including harlequin duck, long-tailed duck, snowy owl, lapland longspur, white-winged crossbill, and more. 

DECEMBER 5, 2022, 7 PM - Virtual meeting with ZOOM

Members Night - A friendly group of Allen Bird Club members shares mini slide shows of their best photographs, favorite adventures, and most exhilarating finds. This casual, season-end medley celebrates our shared passion for birding and birds. Contact Andrea Bugbee at if you, too, have slides you want to share.

Lois Richardson - Exploring Easter Island 

Tim Souza - Focusing a Lens on Nature Brings Balance to the Soul

Jim Wang - Trailside

Dan Burt - Spring Migration in Texas

Bill Platenik - Gambell and Nome Alaska

MARCH 6, 2023, 7 PM, IN-PERSON At the tolman wing of the springfield science museum

Gardening for Wildlife - Through photographs and anecdotes of his own experience, Allen Bird Club President Bill Platenik will demonstrate how growing wildlife-friendly plants in your yard, patio, or balcony can attract and protect native animals while simultaneously making the terrain around you beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. With carefully suggested plants, Bill will help you turn your outdoor space into a sanctuary that meets the needs of area wildlife year-round. Once you begin to provide for and observe many common, local species, Bill hopes that you, too, will discover the great joy of wildlife gardening. 

APRIL 3, 2023, 7 PM, IN-PERSON At the tolman wing of the springfield science museum

Conservation in Action at Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge - Steve Svec, a dual member of the Friends of Fannie Wildlife Refuge and the Allen Bird Club, is both an engaging presenter and a talented teacher. Join Steve as he offers an update on what’s happening at Fannie Stebbins. The Stebbins Stewards and water chestnut volunteers are assisting the US Fish & Wildlife Service in caring for the trails and detecting and removing invasive species. The floodplain forest restoration tree plantings are hosting nesting birds, and the berm removal has increased wetland habitat. After a presentation, Steve and other members of the Friends of Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge will lead a dialog on trail and amenity plans and what might be done to attract and host particular species of birds and their food sources. Find out how you can help!

MAY 1, 2023, 7 pm, IN-PERSON At the tolman wing of the springfield science museum

Saving Our Birds Nationally and at Home - Since 1970, bird populations in the U.S. and Canada have declined by more than 25%. Join Dr. Mitch Hartley of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to learn more about the causes of avian declines, efforts to restore populations, and specific measures we can take as private citizens to help native, local birds thrive. On a local level, learn how Mass Fish and Wildlife has put conservation principles into action at the Southwick Wildlife Management Area, where approximately 200 acres of former tobacco fields have once again become a haven for dwindling grassland species such as the Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Northern Harrier.    

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