Sequoia Audubon Society
San Mateo County, California

2022 Meeting Programs

NOTE: There may be "last minute" changes beyond our control. Thanks for understanding.

October 13 - Zoom meeting only

California Central Coast Joint Venture
Connor Jandreau, Conservation Coordinator

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California Central Coast Joint Venture – Connor Jandreau, Conservation Coordinator

The California Central Coast Joint Venture (C3JV) is a cooperative, regional partnership of Federal, Indigenous, State, Local, Academic, and Non-Governmental Organizations working collaboratively to steward healthy and resilient habitats for birds, other wildlife, and people. California's Central Coast boasts superlative ecological diversity, ranging from the southern extent of old-growth redwoods, the state's largest stands of coastal oak woodlands, to some of earth's rarest dune ecosystems. The rich complexion of soil regimes, geophysical variation, climatic factors, and millennia of human land uses have resulted in this complexity of natural communities, in turn supporting some of the highest measures of biodiversity and endemism in North America. The C3JV region includes portions of what are known today as San Mateo, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties-- the sacred homelands of dozens of Indigenous Chumash, Hokan, and Penutian Linguistic groups. The C3JV, fiscally sponsored by American Bird Conservancy, is on the road to recognition as a United States Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Joint Venture, joining a community of 23 JVs across North America representing regional partnerships working to conserve, enhance and protect habitats for birds.

As Conservation Coordinator of the C3JV, Connor Jandreau relocated to the Central Coast in late 2020 with his family to help build the JV program. Originally raised in western Colorado, the traditional territory of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) Nations, Connor has traversed widely across the intermountain west and internationally seeking to contribute meaningfully to human-land relationships. His work has focused on the nexus between community and conservation, striving for answers to the elusive adage of living on the land 'without spoiling it.' He is motivated by models of land use that bridge human well-being and biodiversity conservation. As Coordinator, he supports, facilitates, and fosters the emergent C3JV as we envision strategies that strengthen outcomes for birds, wildlife, and people. Connor earned a B.A. in studio art, a B.S. in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, both from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba, Canada.


November 10 - Live at the San Mateo Garden Center and Zoom

Longitudinally Yours – A Decade of Grassroots BioBlitzes in the Bay Area
Jennifer Rycenga, Sequoia Audubon President and Merav Vonshak, BioBlitz Club President

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Live and In-Person at the San Mateo Garden Center. Join us for outdoor refreshments.

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Longitudinally Yours – A Decade of Grassroots BioBlitzes in the Bay Area
Jennifer Rycenga, Sequoia Audubon President and Merav Vonshak, BioBlitz Club President

Since the first BioBlitz to build on the iNaturalist platform was held at Ft. Funston in 2013, the community has grown. Sequoia Audubon joined early, with BioBlitzes every year since 2014. In 2017, the South Bay eagerly and persistently joined the fray with the formation of the BioBlitz Club, which holds blitzes every month and sometimes two or three per month.

A BioBlitz is a kind of Flash Mob for Nature observation. People with any interest in nature – whether general or specific to one taxa like birds, bugs, or slime molds – gather at a specific place on a pre-announced day. Once assembled, they do a curiosity-and-interest-driven informal survey of whatever they can find there. At the conclusion participants gather to help each other with identifications and to share unusual sightings.

The BioBlitz as a form of nature outreach has proven to be quite resilient, as it appeals to all ages and interests. It is also a natural way to build coalitions with other groups, from the most prestigious (like California Academy of Sciences) to the humblest like park associations and troops. BioBlitzing is not only fun, but it is the smartest use of a smartphone!

But is it useful? This skeptical question can now be answered, as we are starting to build data sets at the regional, county, and local levels that contain some surprises and, in an era of rapid climate change, form a strong control set of data for tracing future change.

Merav Vonshak and Jennifer Rycenga have organized, between them, almost one hundred bioblitzes in the past decade. They will discuss the who, what, where, when, and why of this budding community-science approach to engagement with the natural world. You will also be invited to a BioBlitz on November 12 sponsored by SAS and the BioBlitz Club.

Jennifer Rycenga is the Board President (outgoing) of Sequoia Audubon Society, a role she has held for more than a decade. She edits the local online site guide, the San Mateo County Birding Guide.

Merav Vonshak has a Ph.D. in entomology from Tel Aviv University and completed her postdoctoral work at Stanford University. She is president of the BioBlitz Club.

December 8 – Live at the San Mateo Garden Center and Zoom

Birds and Wildlife of Southeastern Arizona
Joe Morlan

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Live and In-Person at the San Mateo Garden Center. Join us for outdoor refreshments.

Broad-billed HummingbirdBridled Titmouse
photos by Joe Morlan

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Birds and Wildlife of Southeastern Arizona – Joe Morlan

Joe Morlan will present photos and discuss the birds and wildlife seen on summer visits to Southeastern Arizona. We will be visiting several "sky islands," mountain ranges with connections to Pine Oak habitat more closely associated with Northern Mexico. We will also explore grassland habitat which enjoys a "second spring" in late summer with monsoon thundershowers that turn the grass green and allow special birds to breed for a second time. Highlights will include a variety of rare sparrows, flycatchers, brilliantly colored hummingbirds, Elegant Trogon, and the mysterious Mexican Duck. Please join us for what promises to be an educational and entertaining presentation.

PyrrhulexiaScott's Oriole
photos by Joe Morlan

Joe Morlan taught Field Ornithology at City College in San Francisco for forty years. He was awarded the American Birding Association's Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions to regional ornithology in 2010 and served on the California Bird Records Committee for thirty years, most recently as chair.


Reminder: there are no meetings/programs in July and August. 

Session Recordings:

Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting September 8, 2022
San Mateo County Raptor Palooza
Alvaro Jaramillo
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting June 9, 2022
In Defense of Plants
Sara Scharf
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting May 12, 2022
The Condor Comeback
Kara Fadden, Ventana Wildlife Society
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting April 14, 2022
Birds, Bees and More!
with Madeline Morrow

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Ornitherapy
with Holly Merker

The presenter has requested the program recording be made available only to Sequoia Audubon Society members. Please email office@sequoia-audubon.org for the link to the meeting video.

Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting February 10, 2022
Laura's Best Bird EVER! I went looking for birds and found joy, love, redemption, and more.
with Laura Erickson

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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting January 13, 2022
Birds of Protected Lands: The Peninsula Open Space Trust
with Diane and Peter Hart

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2021

Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting December 9, 2021
Birds & Wildlife of the Western Pacific
with Joe Morlan

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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting October 14, 2021
A Message of Hope
Heath Packard, Island Conservation

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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting Septermber 9, 2021
Encouraging Birders: Expanding What It Means to Be a Twenty-first Century Birder
A Multi-generational Discussion
with Ted, Hannah, and Andrew Floyd
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting June 10, 2021
Hummingbirds: Small Wonders
with Sheri Williamson
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting May 13, 2021
Community Science: Long-Term Lessons:
Perspectives from Three Years of Mushroom Monitoring in the Santa Cruz Mountains
with Christian Schwarz
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting April 8, 2021
Gender Equity and Public Access on the California Coast
Sabrina Brennan, former San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting March 11, 2021
Avian Wonders of Morocco with John Sterling
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting February 11, 2021
The Remarkable Story of Sam McDonald
Katherine Wright, San Mateo County Park Ranger
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting January 14, 2021
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - Mary Ellen Hannibal
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2020

Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting December 10, 2020
"Skunks & their Role in California Habitats" with Jen Hunter
Meeting Recording

Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting November 12, 2020
Curiosity & Connection Through a Decade of Birding with Ioana Seritan
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Sequoia Audubon Society Presentation October 8, 2020
"Cape to Cape Birding" with Joe Morlan
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting September 10, 2020
Taxonomic Puzzles by Alvaro Jaramillo
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"Audubon's Climate Change Strategies" on May 14, 2020
with Juan Pablo Galván
Unedited recording of meeting. Meeting begins at 1:27; Program begins around 28:30

"The California Center for Natural History"
with Damon Tighe on April 9, 2020
Unedited recording of Damon Tighe's presentation and subsequent Q&A session.


note The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)

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