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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.

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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