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 (If you were unable to join us for this webinar,  you may view it 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 (If you were unable to join us for this webinar,  you may view it 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
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
Karen Willey, Climate Change Communications
Tim Rumage, PhD, Environmental Ethicist, Ringling College of Art & Design

February 8, 2021 — 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.

March 8, 2021 — Tracking data drives habitat management & conservation for imperiled Florida birds
Kenneth D. Meyer, PhD, and Gina M. Kent, MS, Avian Research and Conservation Institute  Focus on Snail Kites and Reddish Egrets.

April 12, 2021 — Saving the Greater Everglades Ecosystem
Melissa E. Abdo, PhD.   Regional Director, Sun Coast. National Parks Conservation Association.  Dr. Abdo will explore the Everglades “River of Grass” amazing diversity highlighting its swamp life and the work being done to address threats to its unique ecology.

May 10, 2021 — TBD