San Mateo County, California
March 8, 2018
"Polar Bears and other Arctic Wildlife"
Speaker: Donna Pomeroy
To take the sting out of sending their only son off to college, Donna and Doug Pomeroy made a dream come true and traveled to Churchill, Manitoba to see Polar Bears in the wild. This was followed by trips to Nome and Gambell, Alaska. Donna has always had an obsession with the Arctic, and the Churchill trip has started what she hopes will be many return trips to visit this incredible region of the world. This program will focus on polar bears and their natural history, along with how the changing climate is affecting their survival. Her talk will include other species of Arctic wildlife, including seabirds, owls, foxes, and other mammals.
Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada
Donna started birding in high school, a natural extension of a nature-obsessed childhood. As a budding child-naturalist, her bedroom was filled with pressed plants, pinecones, shells, fish and lizards. While pursuing a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, Donna found time to attend classes in between chasing down rare birds and meeting future husband, Doug. Dreams of traveling to the Arctic started early, but had to wait until parental responsibilities were not all-consuming and their son was off to college. Donna has been a photographer since a teenager and combines this passion with nature and Citizen Science. She spends much of her time photographing wildlife, leading walks for Sequoia Audubon Society, as well as volunteering with the California Academy of Sciences intertidal monitoring project at Pillar Point. Donna and her husband are long-time residents of Half Moon Bay.
April 12, 2018
"There's no better way to learn a subject...."
Speaker: Matthew Dodder
In 1999, Matthew began teaching the beginning birding class at Palo Alto Adult School. Sometime later, it evolved to become an intermediate level class, and then finally an advanced class. Is this the normal progression? Or is it an indication of something else? Join Matthew for an investigation of what makes a good birding class, and how both teacher and student can advance together.
Matthew started birding in 1977 (Boston), came to California, got a degree in English Literature at Berkeley, went to seminary (just because), became a graphic designer without training, started leading bird walks and teaching a class, got married, dabbled in drawing, cooking, and then lost my job. It's been a lot of learning…
May 10, 2018
"Citizen Science - the Black Oystercatcher and Brown Pelican Projects"
Speaker: Anna Weinstein
Citizen science, also known as "community science" is growing in importance globally as a means to engage the public in natural resource monitoring and conservation. National Audubon is dedicated to engaging in and supporting these types of programs to better understand and protect the birds we care about. We are fortunate to have local chapters as partners in these efforts. At Audubon California, the marine program houses two community science programs focused on black oystercatcher and the California brown pelican subspecies. Anna will describe these programs, the roles of chapter and agency partners, the results and what they mean for these species, and the challenges we are addressing to improve their effectiveness. Feedback and discussion from Sequoia Audubon members and others will be welcomed and encouraged.
Anna and Hugo Ceja, Bloy program coodinator for the-central coast.
Black Oystercatcher - photo by Ron LeValley
Anna Weinstein is a conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience in policy, biology, organizational development, and strategic planning. Anna was a co-founder of Island Conservation, and for many years was an environmental scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. In her nine years at Audubon California, Anna has led or been part of successful campaigns to protect marine habitats and food resources for birds on the west coast from Washington through California. Anna grew up in rural New Jersey, and has a biology degree from Oberlin College and an M.S. in marine ecology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, MA.
June 14, 2018
"San Francisco's Natural History"
Speaker: Harry Fuller
This fascinating presentation will move across three centuries of observation and change in the wildlife and ecology of San Francisco. Once rattlesnakes ruled Telegraph Hill and a grizzly bear was seen swimming across Mission Creek. Today most creeks are underground and exotic trees fringe the horizon. We will look at the introduced, the invasive, the survivors and the prospects of the future. From nano-plastic pollution to climate change, people now can alter the future of all living organisms in the environment. The banning of DDT in 1974 and the subsequent return of Brown Pelicans and Peregrine can be a road map to where we should go now.
Copies of Harry's new book
San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars
has just been published and will be available for purchase.
Harry Fuller is a resident of Ashland in southwestern, Oregon. There he is an active volunteer with Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Klamath Bird Observatory. Harry was a long-time San Francisco resident and birder. He led numerous professional and volunteer trips in that area. He was a founding member of the San Francisco Field Ornithologists. In addition Mr. Fuller has led dozens of field trips for Golden Gate Audubon Society, Strybing Arboretum, Carleton College Alumni and San Francisco Recreation and Park Dept.
Also he's written and published Now and Then, a history of changes in San Francisco's natural habitats and wildlife since the earliest written records. His pieces on birding West Coast locations have also appeared in WildBird magazine. While living in Europe from 2001-2005, Mr. Fuller wrote articles on urban birding in London, Paris and Frankfurt for the American Birding Association's newsletter.
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)