Monthly General Meeting (held 3rd Thursday each month except July and August at El Dorado Nature Center). We’ll have a few brief announcements followed by a program “Chasing a Desert Apparition: LeConte’s Thrasher” by Jay Sheppard. Nature Center doors open at 7:00 p.m., program ends at 8:30 p.m. followed by a brief Q&A. Doors close at 9:00 p.m. Parking is free; light refreshments will be served. Please bring recyclable cans/bottles with caps removed to support chapter activities.
LeConte’s Thrasher is a shy, poorly-known, and little-studied species found in the hottest and driest deserts of the American Southwest and northwestern Mexico.
Mr. Sheppard has spent years studying this enigmatic bird. He will be providing some of the results of his study and some insight into the daily life of this thrasher. This is a well-illustrated presentation that includes the thrasher’s ecology and a summary of its general biology. He studied 350 color-marked thrashers near Maricopa, California, which resulted in a better understanding of their daily lives, territories and movements. Other fascinating aspects of this shy bird’s life include information on reproduction, behavior, and vocalizations, as well as feeding and prey preferences. Numerous anecdotes will also be given in this talk. Jay’s monograph on this species is being published by the Western Field Ornithologists and is expected to be out this spring. Jay is a retired ornithologist of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and now lives in Laurel, Maryland.