Sequoia Audubon Society
San Mateo County, California

Meeting Programs

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February 8, 2024 Hybrid Meeting.

Biking for Birds: 365 days, 18,000 miles, 618 species, 1 amazing adventure
Dorian Anderson

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Biking for Birds: 365 days, 18,000 miles, 618 species, 1 amazing adventure

photo: Ryan Carle

On January 1st, 2014, Dorian Anderson boarded his bicycle for the adventure of a lifetime, an eco-friendly twist on the Big Year classic: a year-long project where a birdwatcher tries to observe as many species as possible. While most use cars, planes, and boats, Anderson aimed to complete his year without petroleum: a Herculean challenge no one before him had accepted. He cycled 18,000 miles and amassed 618 species; an unimaginable total deemed impossible for a cycling novice.

He will speak about the genesis of his bike-birding project, recount his travel adventures, highlight the birds he saw, and reveal how his adventure changed his life.

Dorian Anderson started birding in his backyard in Philadelphia at age seven and attended several youth birding camps. His educational rise and coincident alcoholism extinguished his birding desire. His birding passion atrophied through his twenties until he got sober at thirty and reconnected with his former obsession.

Despite alcoholism and drug use, he received his B.S. from Stanford University, did predoctoral research at Harvard University, and earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology from New York University. After getting sober, he spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital before undertaking his bicycle Big Year.

That life-changing project opened many doors, including public speaking and travel writing. Anderson worked in Colombia as a consultant for the National Audubon Society and is now a guide for Tropical Birding. He is an accomplished bird photographer and just finished his long-awaited memoir, Birding Under the Influence: Cycling Across America in Search of Birds and Recovery.


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

Session Recordings:

Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting December 14, 2023
From Mono Lake to Mar Chiquita: A future for phalaropes and saline lakes
Ryan Carle, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting November 9, 2023
Purple Martins
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space, Karine Tokatlian
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting October 12, 2023
San Bruno Mountain: a Guide to the Flora and Fauna
Doug Allshouse and David L Nelson
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting May 11, 2023
The Chinstrap Penguins of Elephant Island
Noah Strycker
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting April 13, 2023
New Zealand and New Caledonia
Robert Siegel, MD PhD
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting March 9, 2023
Creating fire resiliency while supporting biodiversity
Cat Chang and Maru Echeverria
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting February 9, 2023
Scoping Out Tomorrow: A vision for helping young people make birds a permanent part of their lives
Jennie Duberstein
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting January 12, 2023
Kinship: Seabirds and the Human Connection to the Ocean
Sea McKeon
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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting November 10, 2022
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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Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting October 13, 2022
California Central Coast Joint Venture
Connor Jandreau, Conservation Coordinator
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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

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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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