San Mateo County, California
May 10, 2018
"There's no better way to learn a subject...."
Speaker: Matthew Dodder
In 1999, Matthew began teaching the beginning birding class at Palo Alto Adult School. Sometime later, it evolved to become an intermediate level class, and then finally an advanced class. Is this the normal progression? Or is it an indication of something else? Join Matthew for an investigation of what makes a good birding class, and how both teacher and student can advance together.
Matthew started birding in 1977 (Boston), came to California, got a degree in English Literature at Berkeley, went to seminary (just because), became a graphic designer without training, started leading bird walks and teaching a class, got married, dabbled in drawing, cooking, and then lost my job. It's been a lot of learning…
June 14, 2018
"San Francisco's Natural History"
Speaker: Harry Fuller
This fascinating presentation will move across three centuries of observation and change in the wildlife and ecology of San Francisco. Once rattlesnakes ruled Telegraph Hill and a grizzly bear was seen swimming across Mission Creek. Today most creeks are underground and exotic trees fringe the horizon. We will look at the introduced, the invasive, the survivors and the prospects of the future. From nano-plastic pollution to climate change, people now can alter the future of all living organisms in the environment. The banning of DDT in 1974 and the subsequent return of Brown Pelicans and Peregrine can be a road map to where we should go now.
Copies of Harry's new book
San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars
has just been published and will be available for purchase.
Harry Fuller is a resident of Ashland in southwestern, Oregon. There he is an active volunteer with Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Klamath Bird Observatory. Harry was a long-time San Francisco resident and birder. He led numerous professional and volunteer trips in that area. He was a founding member of the San Francisco Field Ornithologists. In addition Mr. Fuller has led dozens of field trips for Golden Gate Audubon Society, Strybing Arboretum, Carleton College Alumni and San Francisco Recreation and Park Dept.
Also he's written and published Now and Then, a history of changes in San Francisco's natural habitats and wildlife since the earliest written records. His pieces on birding West Coast locations have also appeared in WildBird magazine. While living in Europe from 2001-2005, Mr. Fuller wrote articles on urban birding in London, Paris and Frankfurt for the American Birding Association's newsletter.
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)