Sequoia Audubon Society
San Mateo County, California

2022 Meeting Programs

NOTE: There may be "last minute" changes beyond our control. Thanks for understanding.

September 8th - In person meeting

San Mateo County Raptor Palooza
Alvaro Jaramillo

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Live and In-Person at the San Mateo Garden Center. Join us for outdoor refreshments and an engaging presentation by San Mateo County's acclaimed biologist, Alvaro Jaramillo.

White-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite photo by Alvaro Jaramillo

San Mateo County Raptor Palooza – Alvaro Jaramillo

The daytime raptors — hawks, eagles, falcons and relatives — are much revered and loved as a group by birders. San Mateo County is a superb place to raptor watch, particularly in the fall and winter when numbers here can be eye opening. This is a great place to look at and enjoy a large diversity of diurnal raptors, and this is good as there is so much to ponder. There are the issues of identification, color morphs, migration, habitat, and their ecology.  We also have some of the poster children for conservation success stories in the Peregrine Falcon, the Bald Eagle, and, slowly but surely, the California Condor. On the other hand, some like the American Kestrel may perhaps be on a long-term decline? There is so much to talk about, and Alvaro will sample a bit from all of these topics. Not strictly a talk on identification, but an appreciation of our local raptors, with many images and stories of raptors and raptor watching both here and abroad as we put our raptors in a more global context.

Alvaro Jaramillo, the owner of birding tour company Alvaro's Adventures, was born in Chile but began birding in Toronto, where he lived as a youth. He was trained in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior. Research forays and backpacking trips introduced Alvaro to the riches of the Neotropics, where he has traveled extensively. He is the author of the Birds of Chile, an authoritative yet portable field guide to Chile's birds. Alvaro writes the Identify Yourself column in Bird Watcher's Digest magazine. Alvaro recently wrote part of the sparrow chapter for the Handbook of Birds of the World and the new ABA Field Guide Birds of California. He organizes and leads international birding tours and has a full schedule of pelagic trips in central California. The Linnaean Society of New York recently granted him the Eisenmann Medal; this is awarded occasionally for excellence in ornithology and encouragement of the amateur. Alvaro lives with his family in Half Moon Bay, California.


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

Session Recordings:

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

The presenter has requested the program recording be made available only to Sequoia Audubon Society members. Please email office@sequoia-audubon.org for the link to the meeting video.

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

Meeting Recording

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.)

2022 S.A.S.