Sequoia Audubon Society
San Mateo County, California

Meeting Programs

November 8, 2018
"Birding New Zealand and the Subantarctic"
Speaker: Joe Morlan

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Paradise Shellduck by Joe Morlan
Paradise Shellduck by Joe Morlan

Joe will describe the birds and wildlife encountered while on a two-week trip to New Zealand in January 2017. Joe will describe his adventures on the ship "Professor Khromov" visiting some of the more remote islands on Earth. Access is limited to these uninhabited outposts where numerous penguins, petrels and albatrosses inhabit the Subantarctic seascape. Of particular interest are island endemics such as Snares Penguin and Campbell Island Teal. New Zealand is home to some of the world's most imperiled birds including the South Island Takahe, North Island Kokako, North Island Saddleback, Rifleman, Stitchbird and the bizarre Wrybill. Join us for what promises to be an entertaining and informative presentation.

Joe Morlan is a California birding legend who 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.

December 13, 2018
Panel Presentation: San Mateo County's Christmas Bird Counts: History and Best Practices

Featuring Peter Metropulos, Francis Toldi, Gary Deghi, Leslie Flint, Al DeMartini, and Dan Keller

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Pacific Wren by Jennifer Rycenga
Pacific Wren by Jennifer Rycenga

In this special kick-off presentation for Sequoia Audubon's Seventieth Anniversary in 2019, we will feature our own rich history, camaraderie, and shared wisdom. With our two marquee Christmas Bird Counts only days away (Crystal Springs and Año Nuevo), come hear some of our most experienced members reminisce about early CBCs in the county, and sharing their birding anecdotes and technical hints about the joy of these annual citizen-science events – and the revelries of countdown dinners. Jaw-dropping rarities, hijinks and comedies, revelries at countdown dinners, and the nerdiness of all the statistics: come out to this first-of-a-kind event. Our annual book sale – and new Sequoia logo gear – will also be available, just in time for your holiday shopping needs.

Gary Deghi, Leslie Flint, and Al DeMartini, all members of Sequoia Audubon for the entire 21st century, are the co-organizers and compilers of the San Mateo county CBCs. Francis Toldi, Peter Metropulos, and Dan Keller have been participating in the local CBCs for more decades than they would like to have recorded in print.

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

note The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)

2018 S.A.S.