SAS Monthly Speakers Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Meetings will be via Zoom during the Pandemic

Check the home page for Zoom registration information as we near a meeting date.

October 12, 2020 — Tammy & Dave McQuade’s 2019 Big Year (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here.)
Back by popular demand after they spoke last fall, they are Florida-based national champion birders who among many other things run the SW Florida Bird Alert Facebook group.

November 9, 2020 — Saving Land and Water Forever (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here.)
Speaker: Lee Ann Rodriguez, Director of Philanthropy, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.
Saving Water and Land forever is the mission of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. They completed the conservation easement on Orange Hammock Ranch in May of this year, and just last month joined with Sarasota Audubon Society to save the Celery Fields Quads!
Learn more about land conservation benefits – including the protection of drinking water, preservation of wildlife habitat, and providing extraordinary public access to these places.

December 14, 2020 — Tampa Bay’s National Wildlife Refuges: Protected Places for Our Feathered Friends (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
David Howard and Pat Mundus, Co-founders of Friends Group, explore the history of the National Wildlife Refuge system, and the current status of Egmont Key, one of Florida’s largest nesting bird sanctuaries, Passage Key, and the seven islands that make up the Pinellas refuges.

January 11, 2021 — Climate Change: Local Science and Solutions – (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
Karen Willey, Climate Change Communications and Tim Rumage, PhD, Environmental Ethicist, Ringling College of Art & Design
Tim and Karen will share the science of climate change and the communications tools for getting the message out. Tim is a planetary ethicist and the Coordinator/Developer of Environmental Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design. Karen is Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center Director at the Celery Fields and works with the National Network of Ocean and ClimateChange Interpretation (NNOCCI). They will tag team to get our membership ready to talk about climate change with others.

Audubon Extra –January 27, 2021 eBird: What Happens to All That Data  (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)   Chris Wood, Managing Director, Avian Population Studies and Director, eBird at Cornell University will describe how the data collected via thousands of birdwatchers around the world is gathered and interpreted. Chris was one of the developers and proponents of eBird which has become a major source of biodiversity data, increasing our knowledge of the dynamics of species distributions, and for having a direct impact on the conservation of birds and their habitats.

General Meeting – February 8, 2021 — Florida Panther: Back from the Brink(VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
Bill Samuels, President, The Florida Panther Project. Bill founded the project in 1993.  He will address the key issues and players in saving the iconic and endangered Florida Panther for future generations.

Audubon Extra  February 24, 2021 Pathway of the Birds: Traditional Navigation the Pacific(VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)    Andrew Crowe author of Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and Their Polynesian Ancestors, with Ani Black, a Maori wayfinder, will describe her experiences navigating the traditional way from New Zealand to Easter Island. The latest research reveals that native Polynesians may have been the greatest navigators of all time using the signs of nature such as birds, stars, and ocean currents to migrate to and settle the Pacific islands.

General Meeting – March 8, 2021 – Citizen Science: Avian Research & Conservation Institute – (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
Kenneth D. Meyer, Avian Research and Conservation Institute. Discover the ways in which data drives habitat management & conservation for imperiled Florida birds like Snail Kites and Reddish Egrets. ARCI focuses on applied ecological studies of rare and imperiled birds in the United States and Latin America; they gather the scientific data that makes conservation happen.

Audubon Extra – March 24, 2021 How to Use eBird – (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here) Handout available, please CLICK HERE.
Join Sarasota Audubon Education Director Kathryn Young to learn the ins and outs of eBird. This program will cover not only the basics, but also some in-depth data functions: how to enter historical bird sightings, how to find target birds, birding hotspots and how to use bar charts and bird alerts when traveling.

General Meeting – April 12, 2021 – Saving the Greater Everglades Ecosystem(VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
Melissa E. Abdo, PhD.   Regional Director, Sun Coast. National Parks Conservation Association. Melissa will explore the amazing diversity of the Greater Everglades ecosystem, highlighting the Big Cypress National Preserve. She will share her personal story of discovery in this “River of Grass,” and explain what work is being done today to address threats within this iconic ecosystem.

Audubon Extra April 21, 2021 Blakiston’s Fish Owl – A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
Jonathan Slaght, wildlife biologist and author working full time for the Wildlife Conservation Society as their Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator will discuss his fascinating book Owls of the Eastern Ice, where we join a small team in Siberia for late-night monitoring missions, and fireside tales of the fish owls: careful hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and irrepressible survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.

General Meeting – May 10, 2021 – Sarasota’s Swallow-tailed Kites – (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
We have had an unexpected program change. Merlin with Jessie Berry will be rescheduled for next winter.
Stepping in, our Program Director Margi Haas will bring us up to date on some of our local Swallow-tailed Kites. Margi has been studying them for five years and has captured rare photo and video footage of this beautiful bird and its chicks. Kites soar high and nest deep and hidden in the tall trees of Sarasota’s wilderness edges.

Audubon Extra May 26, 2021 – How to Select Optics for Birding – – (VIEW on YouTube by clicking here)
Jeff Bouton, Marketing Manager for Kowa Optics will show us how to choose birding optics from binoculars to digiscoping.