San Mateo County, California
Meeting Programs 2015
Global Warming and Birds - California and San Mateo County
Speaker: Brigid McCormack, Executive Director for Audubon California
Thursday, March 12, 7:00pm
Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack will visit Sequoia Audubon on March 12 to discuss how global warming is expected to affect birds in California, and San Mateo County in particular. McCormack will give an overview of Audubon's climate research, which reviewed decades of data from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the Breeding Bird Survey. She will also talk about how Audubon California is addressing the issue through citizen science, policy advocacy, and on-the-ground conservation – and exchange ideas with the group about how chapters and members can get involved to help the birds they see every day.
Brigid McCormack is Executive Director for Audubon California and Vice President, National Audubon Society. Brigid has spent her professional career in the nonprofit sector, starting as an environmental Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine where she worked for several Ukrainian NGOs. She most recently served as Vice President of External Relations at the ClimateWorks Foundation, a global network that supports public policy to prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity. Prior to ClimateWorks, Brigid worked as a fundraiser in the academic world, first at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and then at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Brigid has a M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University. She is a California native and lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Brigid is a member of one of the citizen science teams at Jasper Ridge sanctuary.
eBird – Where Birding Meets Science
Speaker: Brian Sullivan
Thursday, April 9, 7:00pm
Brian Sullivan is the eBird Project Leader for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and we are privileged to have Brian coming here to talk about eBird. A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society eBird's goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers all over the globe. Millions of observations are entered into the eBird data system and these observations are shared and studied by a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond. We hope you can come learn about eBird straight from the source.
Brian Sullivan has conducted fieldwork on birds throughout North America for the past 20 years. Birding travels, photography, and field projects have taken him to Central and South America, to Antarctica, the Arctic and across North America. He has written and consulted on various books, popular, and scientific literature on North American birds, and is a co-author on The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, and the forthcoming Princeton Guide to North American Birds. He is currently project leader for eBird (www.ebird.org) and photographic editor for the Birds of North America Online at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He also served as photographic editor for the American Birding Association's journal North American Birds from 2005-2013.
African Birds of Prey
Speaker: Doug and Gail Cheeseman
Thursday, May 14, 7:00pm
Long-crested Eagle by Doug Cheeseman
Doug Cheeseman will present a fast-paced program about African raptors illustrated with photographs taken while leading over 70 safaris in Tanzania and Kenya. He will talk about the ecology and behavior of raptors such as Martial, Tawny, Long-crested, Crowned, and Verreaux's Eagles, plus African Hawk Eagle, Secretary Bird, Augur Buzzard, some accipiters, falcons and several species of owls. Intriguing behavior will be discussed, such as when a Martial Eagle was too full to fly when charged by a Defassa Waterbuck – you will have to attend to find out the outcome. Doug will conclude with a few interesting behaviors of mammalian predators.
Doug and Gail Cheeseman have been leading African wildlife safaris to Tanzania and Kenya since 1978. In 1998 Doug retired from many years of teaching zoology and ecology at De Anza College to photograph and lead wildlife safaris around the world full-time. He has presented many programs to many audiences from his diverse travels around the world. He became a member of Audubon back in 1970 and continues to be active today. He is also very involved in the controversial proposed road that could slash through the Serengeti irreparably damaging this unique ecosystem.
Lappet-faced Vultures by Doug Cheeseman
Extinction's Greatest Hits
Speaker: Mary Ellen Hannibal
Thursday, June 11, 7:00pm
Mary Ellen Hannibal is an award-winning environmental journalist and the author of The Spine of the Continent, which the Sacramento Bee called out as one of four top books to read in 2012 and Publisher's Weekly called "a gem." Hannibal will give a photo slide presentation on "Extinction's Greatest Hits," the subject of a forthcoming series in the New York Times, which includes solutions at our fingertips. She will highlight issues and answers in California.
Mary Ellen Hannibal
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)