2014 Lecture Series: The Wild Birds of Northern California
Four evenings. Four presentations by four regional experts.
Fridays: September 12, 19, 26, October 3 2014 at 7pm sharp
Patio Ct. and Hahman Dr. in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa
(Convenient parking across the street in Lucky’s parking lot)
The lectures are free and open to the public (donation requested).
Sept 12 Feathers and Bones
with Dave Lukas, Naturalist and Bird Guidebook Author
How do birds manage to fly and function in such challenging environments, sometimes migrating thousands of miles? What makes birds so light? How do feathers grow? The amazing variety of plumage, both in structure and function, will be covered, as well as the specialized anatomical features of bird bones — getting to the very essence of what it means to be a bird.
An engaging and entertaining speaker, David is a naturalist and author of six books, including Sierra Nevada Natural History and Wild Birds of California. His latest book, Bay Area Birds, is the first comprehensive guide to the birds of the region. His research projects have taken him around the world, and he has led bird programs in California and Oregon for 20 years.
Sept 19 Identifying Birds of Prey
with Larry Broderick, West County Hawk Watch
Join us for a fun and interactive evening and learn what to look for when viewing hawks, falcons, eagles and many other resident, migrant and over-wintering raptors, whether in-flight or perched. Adult and juvenile plumage variations, silhouettes and other hints for quick identification in the wild will be covered.
Larry established West County Hawk Watch in 1995, and the Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch four years ago. He helps people learn about the natural history and identification of birds of prey, leading tours for hawk watchers of all ages in collaboration with Sonoma Land Trust and Solano Land Trust, and directs the Jenner Headlands Coastal Raptor Migration Project.
Sept 26 Songbirds of Sonoma County
with Veronica Bowers, Native Songbird Care & Conservation
Join us for an evening devoted to our regional songbirds as Veronica describes her highly specialized work to rehabilitate and successfully release these native treasures back into the wild.
Veronica has worked exclusively with passerines (songbirds) since 1998 and founded The Songbird Hospital (now Native Songbird Care & Conservation) in 2004. Passerines are a diverse group of birds that require a high level of specialized and well-managed care, and Veronica has been their innovative and tireless advocate.