San Mateo County, California
Birds of Nome, Alaska
Speaker: Rich Cimino, Yellowbilled Tours
November 12, 2015
Rich Cimino has been leading field trips into Nome and Barrow, Alaska for15 years. Rich's life list for Nome, Alaska is 148 species and eBird ranks him third all time for species observation.
The presentation will discuss the Asian rarities and resident birds found just as the Arctic breeding season is beginning. With the use of maps, Rich will have you travel along the roads of Nome that support a vast variety of breeding birds.
Rich Cimino, owner and operator of Yellowbilled Tours, has over 4 decades of experience in birding and conservation advocacy. With his years of professional industry management experience in business organization, plus years as a volunteer organizing Audubon birding tours throughout California, he decided to create a bird touring company, Yellowbilled Tours.
Birding Northern California for 47 years, he is inspired by birding and having fun along the way. He appreciates nature for the value it brings to our lives. He also has a strong interest in citizen science, habitat conservation, photography, sustainable-organic gardening and eco-tourism.
Subspecies for Birders
Speaker: Joe Morlan
December 10, 2015
When we see a bird that looks different, or doesn't quite match the picture in the book, is it a different species or perhaps just a different subspecies or other type of variation? Modern field guides now illustrate some distinctive subspecies, but what exactly is a subspecies? How do subspecies differ from other kinds of variation within or between species?
How are these variations properly classified and why are these distinctions important? Joe Morlan will outline some of the more identifiable subspecies while providing a perspective on the subspecies concept itself in what promises to be an entertaining and informative presentation.
Hummingbirds, Tanagers and More
Speaker: Peter Schattner
January 14, 2016
This program will focus primarily on the spectacular hummingbirds, tanagers and other colorful birds of Ecuador, Panama and Mexico. Besides highlighting the intrinsic beauty of these birds, Peter's images often present striking examples of bird behavior as well as of the remarkable similarities and differences among bird species. Although the emphasis definitely will be on colorful birds, other dramatic creatures – including a newly identified mammal species, the Western Hemisphere's largest eagle and most poisonous snake as well as a surprise or two – may well also work their way into the presentation.
Peter Schattner is a retired biologist and physicist who enjoys introducing non-scientists to the wonders of science and everyone to the beauty of wildlife. His bird and wildlife photos have been featured previously at Sequoia Audubon, Berkeley's Lightroom Gallery and the Denver Audubon Photo Competition, while his recent book Sex, Love and DNA entertainingly describes how our genes and proteins affect our lives.
How Do Burrowing Owls Spend Their Winter?
Speaker: Lynne Trulio
February 11, 2016
Much of the research on western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) has focused on breeding birds in the spring and summer. How birds spend their winter has been a mystery. However, recent data from studies in Canada, the mid-west and west are beginning to shed light on this critical question. In our region, Lynne Trulio and her colleagues, Phil Higgins and Debra Chromczak, have begun a study of our local wintering burrowing owls. Lynne will summarize the literature on wintering western burrowing owls and provide preliminary data from our first year of the Santa Clara County wintering burrowing owl study.
Lynne Trulio is a full professor and the Department Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University (SJSU). Dr. Trulio has been researching the ecology and recovery of the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in California for over 20 years. Through her work, she educates students and professionals on the protection of this species and has worked with many agencies to manage and protect burrowing owls on their lands.
Dr. Trulio has been the Lead Scientist for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (2003-2008), was an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow from 1999-2001 working with the US EPA, and most recently was the Associate Dean for the College of Social Sciences at SJSU. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from UC, Davis and her bachelor's degree from Goucher College in Maryland.
The Naturalist's Notebook: Tricks from the Naturalist's Tool Kit
Speaker: John (Jack) Muir Laws
March 10, 2016
How can you become a better observer and naturalist? Join us for an evening of drawing and journaling tricks and techniques that you can apply immediately. A journal or logbook of discoveries in nature is a ubiquitous part of a naturalist's gear, more important than binoculars or a microscope. Learn how to keep your own notebook to open the door to richer discovery, better memory, and more fun in nature. Discover key tools to help you focus your observations, organize your thoughts, enhance recall of critical details, stimulate creativity, and expand the possibilities for your adventures and discoveries in nature.
John (Jack) Muir Laws
Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural world and has lived his live sharing this passion with others. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences. Jack has taught nature education teacher since 1984 in California, Wyoming, and Alaska. He teaches the tools to help people develop as naturalists and stewards including, ways to improve your observation, memory and curiosity, conservation biology, natural history, scientific illustration, and field sketching all while having fun and falling more deeply in love with the world. In 2009, he received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in Environmental Education. He is a 2010 TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow with the National Audubon Society. He was the 2011 artist for International Migratory Bird Day. Laws has written and illustrated books about art and natural history including The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (2016), The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012), Sierra Birds: a Hiker's Guide (2004), The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada (2007), and The Laws Pocket Guide Set to the San Francisco Bay Area (2009). He is a regular contributor to Bay Nature magazine with his "Naturalists Notebook" column. He is the founder and host of the Bay Area Nature Journal Club, monthly free nature sketching workshops, field trips and events, connecting people with nature through art.
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)