Unless specified otherwise, Program Meetings are held at the 1912 Center, Fiske Room, 3rd and Adams, in Moscow. Everyone is welcome. Meetings begin at 7:00pm. *NOTE TIME CHANGE

Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the 1912 Center, Fiske Room, 3rd and Adams, in Moscow. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM. For additional information, ask at a program meeting, refer to your newsletter, or contact any of the chapter officers.

Program Meetings

Monday, December 4, 2017
The White Pine Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society and Palouse Audubon Society will co-sponsor a program by Charles Swift at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, Moscow. “Citizen Science: A Primer for the Amateur Naturalist” will discuss the opportunities that now abound for the amateur naturalist to contribute to science. Citizen science is not a new idea but more recent projects, such as eBird and iNaturalist, have made use of technological advances to provide powerful new citizen science tools. These connect naturalists from beginners to experts, and provide great opportunities for education and enhancing enjoyment of nature. Data from these projects are informing large-scale efforts to study global biodiversity and can also be leveraged for more locally focused projects. This program will briefly review the history of citizen science with a focus on more recent projects. It will provide some useful tips on what’s available, how to get started, and how organizations can benefit from these tools. Charles Swift is an enthusiastic promoter of citizen science and has been involved since his first Christmas Bird Count as an early teen birder over 40 years ago. He has been an avid “eBirder” for 10+ years and recently got hooked on iNaturalist which has rejuvenated his interest in plants, bugs, herps and other flora and fauna. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Palouse Audubon Society president Ron Force will present a program on “Ethiopia, the Roof of Africa.” The program, sponsored by Palouse Audubon Society, will be held in the Fiske Room of the 1912 Center, Moscow, at 7:00pm. Ethiopia is a country of contrasts: it contains some of the highest terrain in Africa and some of the lowest elevations. It boasts ancient empires that dominated the Horn of Africa and trade with the Middle East. Ethiopians founded and still practice some of the oldest Christian traditions (including churches carved from solid rock by angels, as the legend relates) and founded monasteries in the Middle Ages that contain precious artifacts. It was the only African country never to be colonized but struggled against war and famine in the 20th century. Its high plateaus and low Rift Valley lakes provide a range of habitats for rare mammals, birds, and plants semi-protected in national parks and preserves. Please join us as Ron Force presents an overview of his travel through the country in February of 2017, emphasizing the scenery and natural history. The program is free and open to the public.

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