SAS Monthly Speakers Fall 2020-Spring 2021

10/12  Tammy & Dave McQuade’s  2019 Big Year  
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.

11/9  The Conservation Victory of Orange Hammock
Lee Ann Rodriguez, Director of Philanthropy, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. This 5,777-acre ranch in Northport was identified by Sarasota County as a critical natural protection area in 1998 and saved in May 2020..

12/14  Tampa Bay’s National Wildlife Refuges: Protected Places for Our Feathered Friends
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.

1/ 11 Climate Change – Local Science and Solutions
Karen Willey, Climate Change Communications Tim Rumage, PhD, Environmental Ethicist, Ringling College of Art & Design

2/8  Back From the Brink
Bill Samuels, President, The Florida Panther Project  Founded in 1993 by Mr. Samuels, he will address the key issues and players in saving the Florida Panther for future generations.

3/8  Tracking data drives habitat management & conservation for imperiled Florida birds
Kenneth D. Meyer, Ph.d, and Gina M. Kent, MS, Avian Research and Conservation Institute  Focus on Snail Kites and Reddish Egrets.

4/12  Saving the Greater Everglades Ecosystem
Melissa E. Abdo, Ph.D.   Regional Director, Sun Coast |  National Parks Conservation Association.  Dr. Abdo will explore the Everglades “River of Grass” amazing diversity highlighting its swamplife and the work being done to address threats to its unique ecology.