Monthly Meetings


Our monthly meetings are held at Allendale Borough Hall, located at 500 West Crescent Ave. Clicking on the "View Larger Map" link on the small map below will open a larger version, where you may create your own custom directions.

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February 23, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Our National Parks: A Personal Journey

John Kashwick will speak about the significance of national parks and why they are still important through his personal experiences visiting 46 of the 59 national parks. As the National Park Service enters begins its second century in a trying political climate for federal public lands, he will reflect on his visits, he will reflect on his visits to various parks, why the parks are more important than ever, and what the future may hold for expansion.

March 23, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Birding the Himalayas: Bhutan and Northern India, with Kevin Watson

The Himalayas are famous as the highest mountain range on earth, but the forested slopes and foothills also hold a dazzling diversity of bird life. Nowhere is this more evident than in the remote Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, where 70 percent of the land is pristine forest. The Himalayan slopes in India also boast some fine birding habitat and spectacular scenery, including India’s oldest national park, the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Where the mountains end, the vast Gangetic plain begins, with the bustle, noise and cultural mosaic of Indian farms, villages and cities, along with an impressive array of incredible wildlife. Photographer Kevin Watson presents a visual tour of these distant landscapes, and their remarkable birds and mammals.

April 27, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Rick Radis: Return of the Raven

The Common Raven, Corvus corax, has the widest distribution of any of the Corvidae, the family that includes crows, jays, nutcrackers, magpies and related birds such as rooks, jackdaws, and choughs. It is also the largest and heaviest of the passerines, or perching birds -- and the smartest. The presentation will cover the historic status of the Common Raven in eastern North America from the late 1880s, its remarkable return in the 1990s, and its present status as a nesting species in many (often surprising) areas of NJ and the eastern states. Since the early 1980s the population and perhaps the behavioral dynamics of the eastern Common Raven has begun to change. Rick Radis will explore the possible reasons as to why the Common Ravens have lost their shyness around humans and discuss how ravens interact with the other two species of corvids.

May 18, 2018 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall

Kurt Muenz - Loads of Odes : Many pictures and some interesting facts about Damsel- and Dragonflies

For many years, while birding, Kurt often photographed colorful Odonata - Odes for short. Over the last 5 years he's also become interested in identifying species and learning about behavior as a parallel hobby. Kurt will share some of these findings and images with us.