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San-Cap Audubon to present ‘600 Birds the Easy Way’

By Staff | Jan 18, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Tamara and David McQuade

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will welcome back avid expert birders Tamara and David McQuade for a presentation, “600 Birds the Easy Way,” on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The McQuades have become the first people on eBird to see over 600 birds in the lower 48 states three years in a row. They will share what they have learned over the last several years of birding and will discuss chronologically how they bird throughout the year. They will also share the bird diversity found in the lower 48 states using Tamara McQuade’s photographs.

The McQuades have always had a love of the outdoors and birds, but it changed dramatically in 2012 when they saw the movie “The Big Year.” Counting birds and deliberately targeting species had a particular appeal, which started with a big weekend in 2013 and has not stopped since. They are the All Time eBird record holders with 302 and 299 bird species seen in Lee County; David McQuade is the co-holder of the Lee County Big Day record of 134 species. In just a couple of years, they have racked up 715 species in the United States.

The McQuades are graduates of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Macaulay Library Sound Recording Workshop and are administrators for the SW Florida Bird Alert Facebook group. They are also guides with the Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Festival and Lee County Bird Patrol contributors.

This is the fourth of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.


A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.