Monthly Meeting Speakers Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

Meetings are free and open to the public.  The meetings are held at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 1031 Euclid Ave, Sarasota.  Social Period at 6:30, Business Meeting at 7:00 pm, and Program at 7:30.   *See exceptions below

October 11 –  Tammy & David McQuade’s Birding Alaska Tammy and David are Florida-based national champion birders who among many other things run the SW Florida Bird Alert Facebook group and serve the American Birding Association – David on the board, Tammy on committees.  *Meeting is via Zoom Only.  Click here to view the meeting

November 8 – Florida Soils Sustain Ecosystems Stephen M. Suau, PE, Sarasota professional water engineer and principal of Progressive Water Resources, LLC.  As we have been extracting Carbon from the earth and put it into the atmosphere as CO2, we also are removing Nitrogen from the atmosphere and putting it in excess amount in the Earth’s soils and waters in the form of chemical fertilizer. Mr. Suau, a watershed manager, will discuss how we might reverse both of these trends through a better understanding of nature’s time-tested ways of processing nitrogen and sequestering carbon using local examples.   *Meeting is via Zoom Only.    Click here to view the meeting

December 13 – Ambition, Naivety, and Insanity: A Florida Big Year. In 2020,  Tallahassee-based naturalists and birders Natasza Fontaine & Robert Gundy worked together to break the Florida Big Year record, set at 387 species just the year before.
*Meeting is via Zoom Only.    Click here to view the meeting.

January 10 – Ivory-billed Woodpecker as Trickster.  Dr. J. Christopher Haney, biologist, conservation scientist, birder, and author of “Woody’s Last Laugh”, will explore the simmering controversy about the supposed ‘extinction’ of this iconic American woodpecker.
*Meeting is via Zoom Only.   Click here to view the meeting.  Program Slides – Click here

February 14 – Scott Weidensaul & His Best-selling A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds  Ornithologist, active field researcher and well-known writer-naturalist, Mr. Weidensaul will speak about his latest book which the New York Times called “An epic reflection on what we’re learning about the greatest natural phenomenon on the planet — and what we must do to preserve it.”  Based on his newest book “A World on the Wing,” author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world’s great bird migrations.     Click here to view the meeting.

March 14 – The Colors of Spring.  World-renowned wildlife biologist and ornithologist Dr. Jerry Jackson will speak on the greater diversity of bird plumages we see in spring.  Professor emeritus of Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University and professor emeritus at Mississippi State University; he has hosted “With the Wild Things”, a daily public radio feature in southwest Florida for the past 17 years.  Click here to view the meeting.

April 11 – Surprising insights about the movements of South American Snail Kites.  Field ornithologist raised in North and South America and the University of Florida Ph.D. Alex E. Jahn will speak about his ground-breaking studies tracking Snail Kites using transmitters. Click here to view the meeting.

May 9 – Great Gull Island Project – Special Preview of the Movie “Full Circle” Special Screening of the new award-winning film “Full Circle” that celebrates one woman’s triumph in conservation: the Great Gull Island Project.  Helen Hays’ 50-year quest to vastly increase the numbers of nesting Roseate and Common Terns on a small, uninhabited island in Long Island Sound.  Introduced and followed by Q&A with producer/director Anne McCollough.
Note: Total program time 90 minutes. (Film runs 76 minutes.) Registration is required. Please click here to register.