Thanksgiving with the Birds – Nov 22

Thanksgiving with the Birds (All)
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11:30am-3:00pm
Audubon multipurpose room and grounds
$6 plus a dish to pass (and optional soup pot contribution)
Reservations are required by Monday, November 17, 2014.
Call 716-569-2345 to reserve a spot and let us know what dish you will bring to pass.
Or scroll to the bottom of this page to reserve online.
Limited Seating: 100 people
Join us for a dinner tradition that dates back to 1965: great food, great company, and a fascinating talk.

Gather around the old iron pot hung over a cozy fire and bring a small container of your favorite warm soup to add to the mystery brew. Fresh air, good friends, and sharing are the not-so secret ingredients for this fun and always satisfying soup.

Next, the indoor dinner is served buffet style with Audubon providing the roasted turkeys and hot and cold beverages. Bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad, or dessert) and your own table service (no one wants to wash that many dishes!), including a mug for soup. Dress for the weather if you’d like to enjoy the sanctuary before and/or after dinner. Janet Forbes and Alan Brown are hosting.


Our after dinner speaker is Kim Sherwood who will share some of his favorite photographs from hither and yon. He calls his program, “From Analysis Paralysis to Creative License: How I Wandered Into Bird Photography.”

Here’s what Kim had to say about his presentation: “As a consulting hydrologist who helps landowners and municipalities with natural resource concerns, I often find myself caught between economic and ecologic conflicts. Many proposals today are large and complex, potentially affecting a wide range of stakeholders. Much of my work over the last 10 years has involved digging into research or experience and synthesizing it for our region—what I call “the Wild, Wild West of NY”. This work can be demanding, requiring concentration and objectivity. It can also be extremely time-consuming.

“From a young age, I was fascinated with photography. I majored in it after high school, then worked in darkrooms between Rochester, NY and Denver CO. Years later, I returned to college to study natural resource management. For decades, I stayed away from the camera, busy with other work, “focused” on other things and not ready to take the digital plunge. In 2012, I finally returned to taking pictures again. Since that time, I have been both delighted and dismayed with the technological advances in digital cameras.

“Over the last couple years I have taken ‘refuge’ from some of the controversial topics and detailed paperwork that I’ve been involved with, in-part by spending time with the birds. While I don’t know each one I’m lucky enough to see or photograph, I’m fascinated with their beauty, their behavior and their habitat. I savor each glimpse into their world and come away enriched every time, picture or not.

“I look forward to sharing some of my images and related musings with you.”


When asked for a short bio, Kim said, “I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of NY. For several years after high school I worked with photographers and in darkrooms between Rochester NY and Denver CO. In 1984, my interest in natural resources took me to the western states. I went back to school, earning a BS in Forest Resource Management and a MS in Forest Hydrology. I worked for a few different natural resource management agencies and organizations before moving back to NY in 2003. For several years, I’ve worked as a consulting hydrologist here in Western NY. Much of my work has involved helping landowners and municipalities understand natural resource concerns and trying to balance them with economic considerations. In 2012, I returned to photography and have been pleasantly surprised at my new fascination with birds and their habitat. This combination provides some creative refuge from the challenges of my normal work environment.”

Special Information: When you call to reserve, let us know what dish you will bring to pass.
Bring: $6, a dish to pass, a broth-based soup for the soup pot, your own table service. Don’t forget your winter clothes if you’re spending time outside!