Meetings

HOFFMANN BIRD CLUB’S MEETINGS, PROGRAMS and GUEST SPEAKERS

For the 2018 – 2019 Season…

Monthly meetings are held at Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South Street, Pittsfield, Hoffmann Bird Club LogoMassachusetts or at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 427 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Massachusetts. See the schedule below for specific dates and locations. Most meetings begin at 7:00 PM.  They are FREE and OPEN to everyone interested in birds. Come enjoy the schedules, programs, and light refreshments. Bring a friend!


Mon 9/10 Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM
“Conservation of Cliff and Barn Swallows, Two Species in Decline in the Northeast”
Mara Silver, Northeast Swallow Conservation
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Mon 10/1 Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM
“North on the Wing – Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring

Bruce Beehler, PhD., Research Associate, Division of Birds, Smithsonian Institution
Guardian Life Insurance Co
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Mon 11/5 Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM
“Why Do Birds Sing? How Do They Learn Their Songs? And How Can Birders Learn Them Too?”
Tom Stephenson
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Mon 12/3 Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM
HBC Member’s Night”
Bring 10 digital images and holiday sweets to share, and sign up for the Christmas Count!
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Mon 3/4 Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM
“Natural History of the Veery in the Berkshires and Beyond”

HBC Member, Dan Shustack PhD – Mass College of Liberal Arts
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Mon 4/1 Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM
“Fathers and Sons – A Birding Journey”
Manuel Morales, PhD and John Manuel Morales
Guardian Life Insurance Co.
700 South St., Pittsfield 01201


Sat 5/4 Annual Meeting and Banquet 5:00 PM
Join club members for a brief meeting to elect officers followed by:
“Capturing the Elusive Spirit of Birds – A Cinematographer’s Perspective”
Ann Johnson Prum
Executive Producer & Cinematographer
Cheshire Rod & Gun Club
310 Curran Road, Cheshire, Ma.
Members will receive menu and reservation details thru eNews. Reserve early!


Fri 6/Picnic & Birding at Pleasant Valley
427 West Mountain Road, Lenox
5:00 PM Birding – 6:00PM Picnic
Main courses (including a vegan option) and beverages are provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please bring your own place setting and utensils to help lighten the impact on the sanctuary.


Special Thanks to:

The Guardian Life Insurance Co. graciously provides us with excellent meeting facilities equipped for making outstanding presentations.


Join The Hoffmann Bird Club

The Hoffmann Bird Club is Berkshire County’s premier ornithological organization.  It was established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the study of birds in the county.. The club was founded under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum and was named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann, a naturalist born in Berkshire county.

Meetings are held from September through May and are open at no charge to anyone interested in birds and bird study. Membership in Hoffmann Bird Club is open to anyone interested in birds and bird study. Membership runs from September through the following August.  If you join after April 1,  your membership is extended through the following year.

Field trips are led by experienced birders, and everyone, including beginners, is welcome.  Field trips offer an excellent opportunity to explore first hand the bountiful nature and natural history of the Berkshire region.

Check www.hoffmannbirdclub.org for updates and more detailed information on meeting, field trips, and presentations in this schedule, along with links to birding-related sites on the Web.

Please join us!