San Mateo County, California
Biking for Birds – 365 days, 18,000 miles, 617 species, 1 amazing adventure
Speaker: Dorian Anderson
December 14, 2017
On January 1, 2014, Dorian Anderson set out on the adventure of a lifetime. During the next 12 months, he biked nearly 18,000 miles around the United States on the first solo, nationwide bicycle Big Year. Beyond the clear emphasis that his journey placed on environmentally sustainable transportation, his efforts raised close to $50,000 for bird conservation. His daily blog was incredibly popular as it allowed readers to accompany Anderson at each stage of his journey. His talk will detail the birds that he found, the physical and mental challenges he faced, the landscapes through which he rode, and the logistics required to move about he country using just a bicycle. His blend of birding, biking, environmentalism, and humor should not be missed!
Dorian Anderson started birding in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at age 7. Although an avid birder until age 15, the interest took a back seat to his education for the subsequent 15 years. After attending boarding school in Connecticut, Anderson attended Stanford University where he majored in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology from NYU before accepting a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. It was during this last stretch that his birding passion was awakened. Anderson subsequently resigned his research position to embark on his year-long Biking for Birds Big Year adventure. He currently lives in San Mateo with his wife, Sonia. You can follow his birding adventures at his blog, The Speckled Hatchback
January 11, 2018
"Birding the Four Seasons of Montana"
Speaker: Ed Harper
Join us on January 11 as Ed takes us through Montana's varied seasons, sharing with us the great diversity of birds he has managed to photograph over many years of intensive coverage. Whether it is a majestic Gyrfalcon in winter or an Upland Sandpiper in summer, you will find a myriad of images that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also convey a wealth of information.
Born and raised in Montana, Ed's vibrant passion for the Big Sky Country is clearly evident through his superb photography and informative narration. Bring a friend to share in this fine program. An avid photographer, Ed has photographed over 2000 species of birds, with many of his photos found in books and periodicals. In Alaska and the Lower 48, he has photographed over 800 species of birds. Starting out as a tour leader for the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1980, Ed now operates Sandpiper Journeys with his wife, Susan Scott. Together they have conducted many birding and natural history tours throughout the world.
February 8, 2018
"Convincing Details and Other Birding Fiction"
Speaker: Joe Morlan
(Cnemotriccus fuscatus bimaculatus)
10 August 2015. Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
© Joseph MorlanMany articles have been published detailing how to write convincing bird descriptions, but who are we trying to convince? How many of those details are remembered correctly and how many are a product of wishful embellishment? Are we convincing a records committee, an eBird reviewer, or maybe we are trying to convince ourselves? Joe Morlan will discuss how to prepare bird descriptions while exploring the importance of integrity in birding. He will include a brief history of scientific and ornithological fraud in what promises to be an informative and entertaining presentation.
Joe Morlan has taught field ornithology at City College of San Francisco since 1978. He is the coauthor of "Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area" and "Birds of Northern California." He has served as Chair of the California Bird Records Committee and was the recipient of the 2010 ABA Ludlow Griscom Award for contributions to regional ornithology.
March 8, 2018
"Polar Bears and other Arctic Wildlife"
Speaker: Donna Pomeroy
To take the sting out of sending their only son off to college, Donna and Doug Pomeroy made a dream come true and traveled to Churchill, Manitoba to see Polar Bears in the wild. This was followed by trips to Nome and Gambell, Alaska. Donna has always had an obsession with the Arctic, and the Churchill trip has started what she hopes will be many return trips to visit this incredible region of the world. This program will focus on polar bears and their natural history, along with how the changing climate is affecting their survival. Her talk will include other species of Arctic wildlife, including seabirds, owls, foxes, and other mammals.
Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada
Donna started birding in high school, a natural extension of a nature-obsessed childhood. As a budding child-naturalist, her bedroom was filled with pressed plants, pinecones, shells, fish and lizards. While pursuing a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, Donna found time to attend classes in between chasing down rare birds and meeting future husband, Doug. Dreams of traveling to the Arctic started early, but had to wait until parental responsibilities were not all-consuming and their son was off to college. Donna has been a photographer since a teenager and combines this passion with nature and Citizen Science. She spends much of her time photographing wildlife, leading walks for Sequoia Audubon Society, as well as volunteering with the California Academy of Sciences intertidal monitoring project at Pillar Point. Donna and her husband are long-time residents of Half Moon Bay.
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