San-Cap Audubon is pleased to welcome back avid, expert birders Tamara and David McQuade who will provide a presentation entitled “600 Birds the Easy Way” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. 

Dave and Tammy McQuade have become the first people on eBird to see over 600 birds in the lower 48 states 3 years in a row.  In their talk, they will share what they've learned over the last several years of birding in the lower 48. 

They will discuss chronologically how they bird throughout the year and most importantly discuss using Tammy's exquisite photos the incredible bird diversity found in the lower 48.  They have found that you can view over 600 bird species by simply visiting seven key states at specific times.

It wasn't that long ago that it seemed nearly impossible to see over 600 birds in the U.S. without birding full-time and doing a Big Year.  The information available through eBird and Facebook has completely changed the landscape for birding.  Now you can see over 600 bird species in the U.S. in one year, with only a modest amount of traveling each month.  The key is being strategic as to when and where you bird and, of course, knowing beforehand your targets in each area you visit is critical.

Tammy & Dave 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 hasn’t stopped since. 

They are the All Time eBird record holders with 302 & 299 bird species seen in Lee County, and David is also the co-holder of the Lee County Big Day record of 134 species.  Fortunately, they have been able to combine their business travel with birding which has allowed them to rack up 715 species in the U.S. in just a couple years. 

Dave & Tammy are graduates of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Macaulay Library Sound Recording Workshop and are the administrators for the SW Florida Bird Alert, Facebook group.  They are also the guides for the Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Festival and frequent contributors to the Lee County Bird Patrol.

This is the fourth of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held in 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.  As always, all are welcome to attend. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area.  A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.  For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at www.san-capaudubon.org.