Upcoming ornithology events

Birds and blossoms            

In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cayuga Bird Club, Cornell Plantations is offering Friday morning bird walks at 8 a.m. in the Newman Arboretum, and Sunday wildflower walks 1 p.m. in Sapsucker Woods. Friday walks will be held May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Rd.); Sunday walks will be held May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 (meet at the Lab of Ornithology visitor center). Walks will be held rain or shine. Free. No registration needed.

Birding gets intimate

Laura Erickson will read from her book, “Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds,” May 4 at 7:30 p.m., Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. A book signing will follow. Free. No registration needed.

In this work, Erickson and wildlife photographer Marie Read document every stage in the family lives of birds, from courtship to nest construction, egg-laying and first attempts at flight by the young.

Walking meditations  
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cornell University’s Gannett Health Services are teaming up for two walking meditations May 9 at 11 a.m. and May 11 at 12:15 p.m. in the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary as part of National Meditation Month in May. (Meet in front of the lab’s main entrance.) Two other walking meditations are also scheduled: May 5 at noon, Cascadilla Gorge (meet at the Schwartz Center for Performing and Media Arts) and May 12, noon, Beebe Lake (meet at the parking lot next to 626 Thurston Ave.)

Participants will learn about mindfulness meditation techniques, get tips on listening for birds, and simply enjoy a quiet walk along the trails. The walk will last about 45 mins., but visitors are welcome to stay longer. Free. No registration needed.

Tales of the Golden-winged Warbler

Ron Rohrbaugh, assistant director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will discuss how the imperiled Golden-winged Warbler has shaped contemporary avian science and conservation, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., Lab of Ornithology.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Enjoy snacks and conversation 7:15–7:30 p.m. Cayuga Bird Club business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation to follow at approximately 8 p.m. Note that there is limited seating and the doors will be closed when the auditorium is full. Open to the public.