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A visual introduction to Florida’s only endemic bird, the Florida Scrub Jay, will kick off the annual Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lecture series to be held in 2020 on Thursday evenings in January and February commencing on Jan. 9 at the new, earlier starting time of 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. As always, all are welcome to attend with doors opening at 6:15 p.m., and parking available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $10.00 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.
This year’s line-up also includes San-Cap Audubon lecture favorites, Rick Bunting and Dr. Ken Meyer as well as Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Audrey Albrecht. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at www.san-capaudubon.org.
January 9, 2020 – “Brash, Boisterous & Blue – Meet the Florida Scrub Jay” – Jacqui Sulek, Chapter Conservation Mgr. of Audubon Florida, will introduce you to the Florida Scrub Jay, Florida’s only endemic bird. Unfortunately, its population has declined 90% in the past 50 years. Learn about the Florida Scrub Jay and what is being done to sustain the remaining population of this charismatic ecosystem indicator.
January 16, 2020 – “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 our changing climate. Learn the latest in predictions about what our climate future holds for North America’s birds, what symptoms Florida is experiencing, and how you can help Audubon address this threat.
January 23, 2020 – “Tracking Shorebirds Through Banding” – SCCF’s Coastal Wildlife Manager, Audrey Albrecht, will cover the history and origin of bird banding, the many methods of trapping and marking shorebirds, and the invaluable data gained as a result. Featured will be individual stories of some of our resident and migratory shorebirds.
January 30, 2020 – “Chasing Rare Birds in the Lower 48” – Discover how avid birders David & Tammy McQuade find and timely visit the exact locations, sometimes down to square feet, of the rarest birds in the lower 48 states. They will include many exquisite photos of the subjects of their quest.
February 6, 2020 – “Bird’s Secret Lives” – Dr. Ken Meyer, founder of Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI), reports on how ARCI’s field and tracking studies reveal clues and uncover mysteries that help us protect the future of birds we love. Studied species covered will be Reddish Egrets, Mangrove Cuckoos & Swallow-tailed Kites.
February 13, 2020 – “Birding Exotic Southern Africa” – Peter Hawrylyshyn returns to lead us on a trip thru this dramatic region using his amazing photos of its many unique bird species. He will also elaborate on some of the remarkable avian bio-adaptation and evolution which has occurred in southern Africa.
February 20, 2020 – “Florida Reflections” – San-Cap Audubon favorite Rick Bunting is back to again utilizes his unique perspective and superb photos to visually elaborate on his activities in Florida, his favorite away from home location for observing birds and nature.
February 27, 2020 – “Falcon Fascination” – Barb Walker, President of Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue, will provide a unique learning experience about man’s epic relationship with Peregrine Falcons, their natural history, and the unusual adaptations that make them successful today. She will also have a live Peregrine Falcon in the room.