San Mateo County, California
April 11, 2019
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Olympic Peninsula
Speakers: Ken and Mary Campbell
Hairy Woodpecker with arachnid prey, Olympic Peninsula, Washington; photo Ken and Mary Campbell
Take a photographic tour of Washington's Olympic Peninsula with Ken & Mary Campbell to see and learn about some of the best places to view the amazing diversity of habitats and wildlife. The Olympic Peninsula has two National Wildlife Refuges, a National Marine Sanctuary, a National Forest, and a National Park. With nearly 3,600 square-miles to explore, the Peninsula has glacier-covered mountains, magnificent old-growth forests, temperate rain forests, alpine meadows, high alpine lakes, free-flowing salmon rivers, beautiful waterfalls, miles of rugged undeveloped coastline, and the biologically diverse Strait of Juan de Fuca. Though the area is known for its precipitation with the west side receiving nearly 200 inches per year, the area in the rain shadow on the east side receives less than 20 inches. The variety of ecosystems and diverse climates create an environment that is home to a unique mix of flora and fauna.
May 9, 2019
Community Engagement Through Urban Wildlife
Speaker: Deb Kramer
When people think of nature, they usually think of far off places like the Sierras or Point Reyes. However, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful strives to bring people out to their urban creek areas to see nature up close. We host many activities with many partners to bring people of all ages and backgrounds to Coyote Creek to see birds, plants, bugs, and fish up and down the length of this 64-mile waterway. At this talk, you'll learn about what we do and how we get the community outside to appreciate the wildlife around them.
Deb Kramer is the founder and Executive Director of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, a nonprofit group that has been living its tagline — "Working Together for a Vibrant Coyote Creek" since 2015. Through her leadership and collaboration, the organization has removed over 100 tons of trash from Coyote Creek, and offered over 50 educational and recreational activities such as BioBlitz events, kayak outings, and creek walks. As a community organizer, she was the catalyst for the Coyote Meadows Coalition to create an urban open space park in the heart of San Jose. Deb was instrumental in rallying over 1200 volunteers immediately following the February 2017 Coyote Creek flood. She is a Bay Area native and graduate from UC Berkeley in Environmental Science.
June 13, 2019
Keeping the Birds in Their Proper (Linnaean) Order
Speaker: Robert Siegel
Dr. Robert Siegel travels widely as a Stanford teaching professor of microbiology and immunology. Everywhere he visits, he aims to take riveting photos of the birds (and, in fact, of all living taxa), with the goal of having all the avian orders represented on his website (https://web.stanford.edu/~siegelr/photo.html). A great conversationalist, nature enthusiast, and educator, with an interest in all taxa, Bob will regale us with birds (both exotic and familiar), a witty brand of science, and tales of international wonder.
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)