The Queens County Bird Club will be meeting at 8:00 pm this Wednesday, February 
19, 2020.  Free admission.   Refreshments will be served starting 7:30pm.  
Please arrive prior to the meeting start of 8pm because we cannot leave the 
door to this building open - you need to ring the entry bell and someone has to 
let you in.

QCBC is meeting at the Alley Pond Environmental Center’s “temporary” home for 
the next two years:  224-65 76th Ave, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364.  This is in 
the Alley Pond Park parking lot, north of 76th Ave, east of Springfield Blvd.  
For a Google map: 
Our presentation topic is  “Cupwings and Rollers,  Partridges and Parrotbills: 
Birding Southern Asia”  by Donna Schulman.

          Some people think the best thing about birding India and Southeast 
Asia are the names of the birds. Is there anything more irresistible than 
‘Pygmy Cupwing’ or as charming as ‘Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush’? Well, the 
birds themselves. The 1,300 or so diverse species that populate southern Asia 
alternately amuse, fascinate, frustrate, and satisfy our nonstop thirst for the 
new and the fantastic. Donna toured India in 2016 and Thailand and the Malay 
Peninsula in 2019, both tours sponsored by the American Birding Association. 
Birding many of these areas can be challenging—the mountain forests are dense, 
the saltpans wide, and the birds tend to be secretive. Fortunately, bird 
photography has become a popular activity and eco-tourism a growing industry; 
feeding stations and ‘hides’ in the mountains, and well-run national parks 
allowed for good looks, vivid photographs, and wobbly video. This presentation 
will focus on the wonderful birds found in the very different habitats within 
these three countries. Of course, since we are all naturalists as well as 
birders, there will also be mammals (Tigers, anyone?) and other interesting 
creatures, hopefully giving you a taste of the rich natural resources of these 

          Donna learned how to bird with QCBC and has branched out from Queens 
to Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. A librarian 
by trade, she reviews birding books for 10,000 Birds and Birding magazine, and 
has discussed “Best Birding Books of the Year” on the American Birding 
Association podcast three years running. Donna’s photographs have been used 
online and for educational purposes by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, NJ 
Audubon, and other organizations, including the new informational signs at 
Negri-Nepote Grasslands, Somerset, N.J. Her photos have been featured in 
Birding and Birdwatching Magazine. She is an adjunct professor at the School of 
Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, and a past editor of QCBC’s News and 

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Nancy Tognan <> 
Vice President, Queens County Bird Club 

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information on trips, speakers, and other events.

See our 'Birding Maps & Locations' page for directions to and info about many 
local birding hotspots

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