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The Amersham Birdwatching Club

 

 

                    

  

                  

                    Our aim is to share and  foster an interest in and                                                      enjoyment of birds and their environment. 

                    We will be glad to see you at any of our monthly meetings.

 

Enquiries:   Text 07958 792 488

 

 

NEXT MEETING:

 Friday 15th February    at 7:45 in The Barn Hall , Chiltern Avenue, Amersham ,  HP6 5AH 

 

The Wildlife of Southern Amazonia  Speaker  Graeme Wallace

 

Sunday 17th February Field trip to Little Marlow Gravel Pits   Leader Jeremy Tanner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Friday evening Meetings  in 2019 

 

January      The Birdwatchers Time Machine    Dan Field

February     Wildlife of Southern Amazonia      Graeme Wallace

March         The Shetland Isles                           Bill Coster

April            Lee Valley                                         Paul Roper

May             Undiscovered Norfolk                     Chris Ward

September Saving Kenyan coastal forests

                    for eastern bird migrants                Ann  Scott       

 

 

 

The Birdwatchers Time Machine was the enigmatic title given by Dr Field for his talk on the paleontological evidence for the 'history' of birds. Drawing widely on his own work and research  we were treated to a wonderful romp through the last 100M years  ,give or take a few ,noting the presence or absence of ferns , dinosoaurs and the like prior to and post the cataclysmic collision with the asteroid 66M years ago in the Yucatan peninsula widely recognised as the most recent event dealing a severe blow to all life forms.This was the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction known to  those in the trade as the "K-Pg"  Birds emerged after this event but what was there before .. who were the ancestors?  

 

Here are some links sent by Dr Field to help you further in your search for the truth. Yes it's definitely out there!

 

Articles by Dan Field 

 

  "How birds survived the dinosaur killing asteroid" an article in The Conversation 

 https://theconversation.com/how-birds-survived-the-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-97021

 

"Feathered fruit-eater frozen in fossil form"  by Dan Field and Allison Hsiang    https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2018/06/25/feathered-fruit-eater-frozen-in-fossil-form/

 

A couple of articles in National Geographic also touch on the subject with video supplied by Dan

 

"These are the Dinosaurs that didn't die"  An article in National Geographic  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/dinosaurs-survivors-birds-fossils/

 

"The unprecedented Ichthyornis fossil from Kansas offers fresh perspective on bird evolution."  a short article in National Geographic which has rotating 3-D fossil bird skull photo

 https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/fossil-bird-skull-3d-dinosaurs-evolution-paleontology-science/

 

For information about Dan's work and papers published go to :

 

For information on some local sightings look on General News page 

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to any of our meetings.  We will continue to do our best to keep you updated on our programme & activities together with any updates to our web site.

A few of our members like taking photos.  If you find this of interest please contact us for further details or just to chat.

 

Field Trips are a regular feature of our activities many being local but a couple of times a year we go further afield for a few days residential to places such as Titchwell in North Norfolk, Minsmere in Suffolk or North Kent Marshes.  This year we are going back to Portland Bill.

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