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 – Register: click 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.

February 8, 2021 — Florida Panther: Back from the Brink – Register: click 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.

March 8, 2021 — Citizen Science: Swallowtail Kites – Register:  click here
Kenneth D. Meyer, PhD, and Gina M. Kent, MS, Avian Research and Conservation Organization Discover the ways in which data drives habitat management & conservation for imperiled Florida birds such as Snail Kites and Reddish Egrets.

April 12, 2021 — Saving the Greater Everglades Ecosystem – Register:  click 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.

May 10, 2021 — The Merlin App – Bird ID in the Field – Register:  click here
Jessie Barry, Program Manager, Macaulay Library at Cornell University and lead in the development of Merlin, a bird app to help identify birds in the field. Jessie will demonstrate the app and give us tips on how to use it for better bird identification, especially those that puzzle us.