Sequoia Audubon Society
San Mateo County, California

Meeting Programs

Meetings are online via Zoom*. More Info.

September 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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The world would be a better place, we all agree, if there were more wildlife watchers. So how do we achieve that outcome? The best approach, according to our September Zoomers, two of whom are, in fact, generational zoomers, is to let go. We need to step back from a one-size-fits-all approach to bird and nature study. We say it, but do we really believe it? In the realm of bird study, must we really pass down our cherished traditions?--study field guides, learn bird ID, join bird clubs, go on tours, own fancy optics. True, that approach has worked well for boomer birders and naturalists who got started decades ago. But who's to say it's what the kids want? Or, just as important, what older folks, just getting started in nature study now, really want? At the very least, we should critically examine that proposition. And, perhaps, be ready to abandon it.

In this presentation, genial but opinionated, we'll wipe the slate clean, and rebuild nature study from the ground up. You won't necessarily burn your binocs and bird books after we're done, but you might come away with an expanded conception of how people engage birds and nature. Our guests are high school junior Hannah Floyd, high school first-year Andrew Floyd, and Ted Floyd, who went to high school long ago. They're all in the same family, but they don't all engage birds and nature the same way. Ted Floyd is the editor of Birding magazine, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association. They'll tell their stories, and they want to hear yours!

The Three Floyds


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

Session Recordings:

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

2021 S.A.S.