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Sanibel-Captiva Audubon announces virtual lecture series for 2021

By AUDUBON SOCIETY - | Dec 18, 2020


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society’s lecture programs offered live for decades at The Community House will be presented as a series of Zoom Webinars this season.

They will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in January and February.

Dr. Jerry Jackson, local wildlife expert and host of WGCU’s radio show “With the Wild Things,” will kick off the series with a presentation focused on bird behavior. This season’s lineup also includes Audubon lecture favorite Rick Bunting and a special joint presentation with The International Osprey Foundation and Dr. Alan Poole, noted osprey expert and author.

The program schedule is as follows:

– Jan. 7: Dr. Jerry Jackson, with FGCU and host of WGCU’s public radio show “With the Wild Things,” will visually elaborate on some of the remarkable behaviors of birds and the reasons for them with “Birds Do the Darnedest Things”

RICK BUNTING Great egret

– Jan. 14: Dr. Jerry Lorenz, state director of research for Audubon Florida and the Everglades Science Center, will present some of his 30 years of scientific findings regarding both roseate spoonbills and flamingos with “Florida Bay’s Pink Wading Birds”

– Jan. 21: Cheryl Black, project coordinator for the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, on “Burrowing Owls”

– Jan. 28: Captiva’s falconer Mike Sawicki on “Falconry”

– Feb. 4: Dr. Lisa Korte, director of the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, on “Corkscrew Sanctuary”

– Feb. 11: World birder and photographer Peter Hawrylyshyn will share where one can see over 400 bird species in a single day with “Peru’s Incredible Northern Birding Route”


– Feb. 18: Rick Bunting on TBD subject

– Feb. 25: The International Osprey Foundation and Dr. Alan F. Poole, author of “Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor,” will provide updated information on the beloved bird of prey using part travelogue, part biography and part scientific detective story with “Ospreys 2021”

Program lengths will vary but are expected to be approximately one hour.

There is no charge to participate. However, as a $10 donation was suggested for the previous lectures, a donation is still suggested at www.san-capaudubon.org or via PayPal at Paypal.me/SanCapAudubon. Donations are appreciated and, after costs, help to promote conservation on the islands and in the state.

To register, up to five days before a program visit http://www.san-capaudubon.org/programs.html and click on “JOIN” in the description. A Zoom link for the event will be emailed to you for you to attend.