San-Cap Audubon Presents ‘Chasing Rare Birds in the Lower 48’

provided to Santiva Chronicle

San-Cap Audubon is pleased to welcome back avid, expert birders, Tamara and David McQuade to provide a presentation entitled “Chasing Rare Birds in the Lower 48” on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the new starting time of 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Not all rare birds are the same. Some rare birds literally only hang around in one location for a few hours before disappearing not to be seen again. Others can be extremely predictable making it fairly easy to plan and prepare for finding them. Dave & Tammy McQuade will share their thoughts and experiences on which rare birds are the easiest birds to successfully chase and find. They will discuss the probability of finding them as well as when and where you need to be looking, and what special circumstances you should be aware of. They will share maps and Tammy’s exquisite photos of each target bird discussed.

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 are also the co-holders 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 768 species in the lower 48 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 eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures to be held in 2020. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:15 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

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