San Mateo County, California
Conservation Birding in Northern Colombia
Speaker: Alvaro Jaramillo
September 8, 2016
Many birders have heard that Colombia is the country that has the largest list of birds, the most bird-rich nation on earth! So why is it not full of birders? It is on an incredible upswing, but it is still coming out of a decades long conflict, political as well as involving the drug trade. Well, those days are becoming history. The country has done a very sharp turnaround and it is now as safe as traveling in adjacent Panama or Ecuador. The birding is astounding, and there are some wonderfully unique spots to visit. Among these is the Santa Marta mountain range, a mountain separate from the Andes that has an incredible level of endemism – species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Santa Marta as well as nearby dry forests, coastal desert and the Perijá Mountains to the east, make northern Colombia an amazing way to begin to dip your toes in the unbelievable birding found in Colombia.
Alvaro has been involved in a large project with National Audubon in the last couple of years that aims to promote conservation through economic development. How? Well, by creating the infrastructure and guide training to increase birding tourism in the area. When people earn a living from birding, they will preserve the birds and habitat. Come hear about this innovative program (recently featured in Audubon Magazine) while learning about the birds and birding in Colombia.
Wildlife of the American West: Behavior and Photography
Speaker: Brent Paull
October 13, 2016
Brent will present a fascinating program about the wildlife of the western United States, and wildlife photography tactics - with an emphasis on photographing bobcats in California, and wildlife photography in Yellowstone National Park.
Brent was born in Redwood City, raised in Gilroy, camped each summer in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe with his family who also owned a cabin in the redwoods near Santa Cruz. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he and a friend made a trip to Yellowstone; that trip led to his first published article and photos leading to a life in nature in the Western US, through photography and writing. He leads photo safaris around the west and teaches photography in 22 cities in California.
Birds of Belize and Tikal, Guatemala
Speaker: Rich Cimino
November 12, 2016
Rich will share photos of the birds and maps of Belize and Tikal, which have been assembled over the years by him. Belize, a part of the Yucatan Peninsula, is a bird-rich county located on the migration path for some of our spring and summer species. Lying on the Caribbean Sea, it bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west.
Rich is from Marin County and the Guide for Yellowbilled Tours which offers annual field trips into Belize and Guatemala. This is Rich's second presentation to Sequoia Audubon. Last year he presented his Birds of Alaska. Rich is also the complier for the eastern Alameda County CBC and is active in the Altamont Pass Wind Turbine repowering program, northbay shorebird and heron rookery surveys and other conservation initiatives.
Birding Antarctica by Cruise Ship
Speaker: Joe Morlan
December 15, 2016
Joe Morlan will describe the birds and wildlife encountered while on a 21-day cruise from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires, February 2015. Large cruise ships can provide a stable, comfortable platform for watching seabirds. Numerous penguins, petrels and albatrosses grace the imposing Antarctic seascape while cruising through Drake Passage, past Cape Horn to Antarctic Sound, Danco Coast, and Palmer Archipelago. Joe also arranged landbird expeditions at various ports of call. Flightless Steamer-Ducks and an endemic subspecies of the Fire-eyed Diucon were at Chiloé Island. Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles and Correndera Pipits were in the highlands above Puerto Chacabuco. The enigmatic Magellanic Plover and Band-tailed Earthcreeper were at Punta Arenas. Stops at Ushuaia, the Falklands and Montevideo offered such species as Dolphin Gull, King Penguin, and Giant Wood-Rail.
Join us for what promises to be an entertaining and informative presentation.
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)