Sat. Jan 16:CHAS Field Trip to Great Bridge Battlefield Park.
Wed. Jan 20: CHAS monthly membership meeting via zoom. The Fox Squirrel in Southeastern Virginia
The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) is the largest species of tree squirrel native to the United States. They are abundant in much of the U.S. with a range covering as far north as Manitoba and Ontario, down south into Mexico, and also occupying much of the central U.S. all the way east to the Atlantic Ocean. In total there are 10 subspecies of fox squirrel, and 9 of which occur in the south. Currently, subspecies occurring in the Appalachians and mid-west are stable and even abundant. In the southeast, subspecies have been steadily declining over the past 100 years most likely due to habitat loss and fragmentation.
Since 2000 there has been little research into the populations of fox squirrels in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions of the southeastern U.S., especially in Virginia. The goal of our speaker’s research is to identify the range of the rare and elusive southeastern fox squirrel subspecies, Sciurus niger niger and determine where its range overlaps or differentiates with its western counterpart subspecies Sciurus niger vulpinus.She will outline the life history of this species and tell us how we can identify the southeastern fox squirrel among other fox squirrels.
Our speaker, Marissa Guill, is currently a Master’s student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. A portion of her research is focused on identifying the distribution of fox squirrels in Virginia. As such she is enlisting our help in finding locations of the southeastern fox squirrel in our area. It is her hope to create a comprehensive distribution map of fox squirrels in Virginia to further the knowledge of their habitat preferences and management needs.
To be included in this virtual presentation you must send an email request to Bob Ake (email@example.com) to register for the ZOOM session. On the date of the CHAS meeting January 20, 2021, Bob will reply to you with the information required to log into the meeting which begins at 7:30pm.
Wed. Feb 17: CHAS Monthly membership meeting via Zoom. Reese Lukei will present "The Status of Ospreys in Virginia" A PowerPoint presentation about the Osprey in southside Hampton Roads will provide an opportunity to learn about their habits, where to look for them, what they feed upon, when they are here, population and production data, and problems they encounter living in our environment. Details about the new Osprey-Watch.org project by The Center for Conservation Biology.
Mr. Lukei has over 40 years experience in trapping and banding raptors in Hampton Roads. He is licensed by Federal and State agencies, and is a volunteer research associate for The Center for Conservation Biology. He has banded over 15,000 raptors including more than 800 Osprey.
Wed. Mar. 17 CHAS Monthly membership meeting via zoom. Bob Ake will present "The Birds of Ghana". The presentation is courtesy of the Williamsburg Bird Club and is a repeat of Bob Ake's September talk for CHAS that many folks missed and wanted to see. If you wish to participate, you will need to contact Bob Ake at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can send you the meeting credentials that will enable you to join in. We hope you will join us! CHAS monthly membership meeting via zoom.
Wed. Apr 21: Monthly membership meeting via Zoom. John Spahr will present “The Eastern Screech Owl in Virginia and Beyond” - John has done field work of this small owl for several years in Highland County. He is also currently in the process of examining most of the museum specimen collections of this species throughout the US. This program will include some of his findings, such as habitat and elevation preferences, nest selection, and roosting strategies. Also, what’s with the two color morphs – red and gray? Why do we in Virginia have mostly “reds”, while Ontario and Michigan has mostly “grays”? The program does include graphs and charts, which will be mercifully few, and will be highlighted with lots of quality images