San Mateo County, California
Birding and Birder Brains
Speaker: Alvaro Jaramillo
September 14, 2017
A few years ago, I gave a talk about the trickery that goes on behind the scenes to identify a bird. This talk is an updated version of that. In trying to understand how people learn birds and what they look like, I have been led to all sorts of interesting paths, from psychology to neurobiology. What happens when we try to identify a bird is actually very complicated, and it differs if you are learning or new at birding, in contrast to someone who has been doing it for years. I will give you the background of how it appears that our brains identify a bird, and then what to do to make it come easier to you. But the other facet that came through in my journey to understand birder brains, is that we are also getting a healthy dose of medicine when we are birding. It is healthy to be outside, and be birding, and now science is starting to show that this is true and how it happens. The end result of my foray into understanding birders is that I am convinced that everyone should become a birder, or at least a nature enthusiast. This not only lowers your stress, but also works you brain, and puts you in a position where you are constantly learning and there is nothing better for us, particularly as we age.
Surveying Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Burma
Speaker: Aaron Maizlish
October 12, 2017
Program details will be added when available.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Myanmar
The programs for additional meetings will be posted when available. (Topics subject to change.)