Jeffrey Hall presented “Great Texas Birding Trail: the Rio Grande Valley.
The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas teems with unique birds like green jays, chachalacas, Altamira orioles, and kiskadees. It is full of iconic birding spots like Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges, South Padre Island, Bentsen-‐Rio Grande State Park…so many, in fact, that they have now been linked into the “World Birding Center.” This program introduced us to many of the natural wonders of a very special part of our country .
Allegheny County Park Ranger, Braden Meiter, talked about reasons amphibians are in decline. With a special emphasis on frogs, he explained how different our world would be without them. Frogs are important for insect control and also as bio-indicators of problems in the environment. They are a food source for bats, snakes, and other animals, including humans. He ended on an encouraging note, showing a short film about frogs on the verge of extinction being bred for reentry into their environment.
While Hurricane Michael threatened her house in Florida,Joan arrived in Pittsburgh to give a wonderful presentation on Chuck’s life.
An owl box will be installed on one of the trails in the Raccoon State Park Wildflower Preserve in Chuck’s honor.
Afterwards, some of the guests gathered for a picnic lunch, and then Joan led a walk on the Valley Trail.