Annual Meeting

**Online Zoom Webinar**
Friday, September 10th, 2021
7pm to 8pm

Click here to watch a Recording of the 2021 EMHW Annual Meeting!


Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the Board of Directors has scheduled a Zoom meeting to be held on Friday September 10, 2021 from 7:00–8:00PM in lieu of our annual in-person meeting. To attend you must RSVP in advance to EMHW Vice President Shawn Carey at to receive a special link to the Zoom meeting.

We encourage members to renew their membership and vote for three EMHW directors in advance by mail, as you will not be able to renew or vote in the Zoom meeting. (You can renew by mail at any time, but voting will close Friday, September 17th.)

This year’s Zoom meeting will be free and open to the public, so please feel free to share this information with friends and family. However please note you must RSVP in advance. Those that RSVP will be sent the official Zoom invitation link on September 8th or 9th. The schedule for our Zoom meeting will be as follows.

  • Waiting Room opens: 6:30PM
  • Business meeting: 7:00PM – 7:20PM
  • Guest Speaker Joan Morrison: 7:20PM – 8:00PM
  • Q&A: 8:00PM – 8:15PM

Membership renewals/ballots can be found in your newsletter, or downloaded here.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Joan Morrison

Keynote Topic:

Wildlife in the City: Urban Red-tailed Hawks by Dr. Joan Morrison
For seven years, Joan Morrison and six Trinity College students studied Red-tailed Hawks in the urban landscape of Hartford, CT. Those Redtails established home ranges in large green spaces such as parks, golf courses, and cemeteries but also nested downtown and in densely built urban and suburban neighborhoods. Telemetry data indicated that these hawks have much smaller home ranges than reported for hawks living in rural areas. The size and number of green space patches are important, but their value likely varies with the distribution of suitable perches, types and density of prey, and amount of human activity in and adjacent to the green spaces. Territoriality and intraspecific competition may also influence home range size and dispersion of Red-tailed Hawks nesting in Hartford. Join Joan for a fascinating look at the hawk many of us see virtually every day of the year but may not know very well.

Keynote Speaker Biography:

Dr. Joan Morrison received her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, with her research focusing on the population biology and ecology of Crested Caracaras. Prior to that, Joan worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, and New Mexico. From 2000 through 2017, she was Professor of Biology at Trinity College and Program Director of Trinity’s Environmental Science program. During her years at Trinity, Joan and her students investigated the reproductive biology and habitat associations of Hartford’s urban population of Red-tailed Hawks. Now retired and living in New Mexico, Joan continues her research in Florida and has expanded her studies of caracaras to include the population in Arizona. Joan has served as the Secretary for the Raptor Research Foundation and has given numerous presentations to citizen and other professional groups.