Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue on Wednesday, Nov. 6, with a presentation titled “Bluebirds and More,” led by John Rogers, co-founder of the New York State Bluebird Society.
Rogers, known as “Mr. Bluebird,” will discuss the history of the Eastern Bluebird, nest box management, and related subjects. The lecture and luncheon will be held at Lakeside Country Club (145 Route 54/East Lake Road, Penn Yan) and begins at noon. Check-in for the luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m.
Rogers is one of America’s foremost bluebird experts, and he has made it his lifetime mission to protect New York’s official state bird. He has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes in central New York for more than four decades.
A nest box is a man-made enclosure provided for animals, frequently used for birds, and sometimes bats, to nest in. At one time, he maintained more than 450 bluebird boxes, watching more than 15,000 bluebirds take flight.
He has presented programs and workshops on bluebirds to organizations in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. A life member and past board member of the North American Bluebird Society, Rogers has received numerous awards from the Society for his bluebird conservation work, including the John & Nora Lane Bluebird Conservation Award, and the Society’s Conservation Award.
A member of the Onondaga Audubon Society, Rogers was a recipient of the Syracuse Post Standard Hero of Conservation Award.
Tickets for the lecture and luncheon are $15. Reservations may be made online at keuka.edu/event/bluebirds no later than Wednesday, Oct. 30. Space is limited.
For additional information, contact Kathy Waye, Keuka College director of community relations and events, at 315-279-5602.