San Mateo County, California
Meeting Programs 2015
Birds and Bird-Friendly Coffee
Speaker: John Sterling
Thursday, January 8, 7:00pm
Plumbeous Kite, frequently nests in shade coffee plantations
in Latin America. ©John Sterling
John will be presenting some of his Smithsonian research supporting the Bird-Friendly Coffee movement. He will discuss why some coffee farms are better than others for birds, why good coffee farms are critical for conservation, and will illustrate his talk with photos of birds from coffee farms in Latin America, the Philippines and Sumatra.
Bird-Friendly Coffee will be available for sale at the meeting.
John Sterling has been a very active birder since 1971 and a professional wildlife biologist since 1981. He has traveled extensively throughout California learning about local bird distribution and is working on a book on the Central Valley's avifauna. He has traveled internationally as a guide and ornithologist for many institutions including projects as a Smithsonian ornithologist to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Sumatra, the Philippines, Canada and Russia. John currently has his own company specializing in tours, birding classes, research and environmental consulting. His website is www.sterlingbirds.com
All One Ocean
Speaker: Lauren Weiner
Thursday, February 12, 7:00pm
Lauren W. Weiner
All One Ocean provides an interactive, proprietary PowerPoint presentation that features awe-inspiring images of the ocean and sea creatures and illustrates threats to the health of our oceans. During the presentations, AOO showcases its BCUS, including debris samples from BCUS, and encourages students and adults to take the All One Ocean Pledge: to reduce their single-use plastic consumption and to participate in beach cleanups.
ABOUT ALL ONE OCEAN:
All One Ocean, (AOO) a project of Earth Island Institute, provides a simple, inexpensive, community-based solution to Ocean trash. AOO educates and inspires people to help clean up the Ocean by installing Beach Clean Up Stations (BCUS), permanent on-site boxes with educational signage, kids' art and repurposed bags so any and everyone can pick up marine debris while they enjoy the beach.
Since 2011, fifteen Stations have gone up in California and Hawaii with more going up soon. Our goal is to educate people about the destructive impacts of human trash, particularly plastic, and provide a simple way for beach-goers to make every day beach clean up day. The Stations also encourage people to consider the impact of their purchases. We believe that, given the opportunity and inspiration, people will act in new ways to protect what they love. Our goal is to make the beaches we knew as children be just as safe and beautiful for our grandchildren.
LAUREN W. WEINER, DIRECTOR OF ALL ONE OCEAN:
Lauren cut her teeth in film production working on projects with LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Sean Combs and Martha Stewart among many others. After which, she pursued an MBA and, after graduation, landed a corporate job for a Fortune 500 company, Foot Locker, Inc. where she expedited marketing campaigns, built partnerships with vendors like Nike, adidas and Timberland, and conducted qualitative and quantitive consumer research.
Following completion of the certificate program at Columbia University's Earth Institute, greening up her graduate business degree, Lauren relocated to the Bay Area for a lifestyle and career change and consulted for organizations like Sustainable Brands, Mindful Investors, CleanFish, SF Yoga School and SF's Department of the Environment. Two and a half years after settling in San Francisco, she found her dream job, Director of All One Ocean (AOO), focusing her time, effort and experience to enhance the vitality of ocean ecosystems, protect marine life, beautify beaches and improve human health by reducing the amount of debris, especially plastic trash, that makes its way into the world's collective Ocean. In addition her work at the AOO, she is an activist with Surfrider Foundation's SF Chapter. She lives in three blocks from the beach in San Francisco with her husband, young son and two cats
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.
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)