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Sanibel-Captiva Audubon announces lecture series

By Staff | Dec 4, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Florida scrub jay.

A visual introduction to Florida’s only endemic bird, the Florida scrub jay, will kick off the annual Sanibel-Captiva Audubon 2020 lecture series held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at The Community House.

All are welcome to attend, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

This year’s lineup also will include lecture favorites, Rick Bunting and Dr. Ken Meyer, as well as Audrey Albrecht of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

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

The lecture schedule is as follows:

PHOTO PROVIDED Reddish egret with dinner.

– Jan. 9: “Brash, Boisterous & Blue – Meet the Florida Scrub Jay”

Jacqui Sulek, chapter conservation manager of Audubon Florida, will introduce the Florida scrub jay, Florida’s only endemic bird. Its population has declined 90 percent in the past 50 years. Learn about the bird and what is being done to sustain the remaining population of the charismatic ecosystem indicator.

– Jan. 16: “Climate & Birds: Their Future & Ours”

Like canaries warned coal miners of dangerous conditions, Audubon Florida Executive Director Julie Wraithmell will explain how birds are harbingers of the changing climate. Learn the latest in predictions about what the climate future holds for North America’s birds, what symptoms Florida is experiencing, and how the public can help Audubon address the threat.

– Jan. 23: “Tracking Shorebirds Through Banding”

PHOTO PROVIDED Roseate spoonbill.

SCCF Coastal Wildlife Manager Audrey Albrecht will cover the history and origin of bird banding, the methods of trapping and marking shorebirds, and the data gained as a result. Featured will be individual stories of some of the local resident and migratory shorebirds.

– Jan. 30: “Chasing Rare Birds in the Lower 48”

Discover how avid birders David and Tammy McQuade find and visit the exact locations, sometimes down to square feet, of the rarest birds in the lower 48 states. They will include photos of the subjects of their quest.

– Feb. 6: “Bird’s Secret Lives”

Dr. Ken Meyer, founder of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute, will report on how ARCI’s field and tracking studies reveal clues and uncover mysteries that help to protect the future of birds. Studied species covered will be reddish egrets, mangrove cuckoos and swallow-tailed kites.

– Feb. 13: “Birding Exotic Southern Africa”

Peter Hawrylyshyn returns to lead a trip through the region using his photos of its bird species. He also will elaborate on some of the avian bio-adaptation and evolution which has occurred in southern Africa.

– Feb. 20: “Florida Reflections”

Rick Bunting will be back again to utilize his perspective and photos to visually elaborate on his activities in Florida, his favorite away from home location for observing birds and nature.

– Feb. 27: “Falcon Fascination”

Barb Walker, president of the Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue, will provide a learning experience about man’s relationship with peregrine falcons, their natural history, and the adaptations that make them successful today. She will also have a live peregrine falcon in the room.

Parking will be available at The Community House and BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

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

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.