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MONTHLY SPEAKERS

SNEAK PEAK AT FALL 2021 PROGRAMS

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Our 2021-22 speaker series begins in September 2021

SEPTEMBER 2021 - SARAH SORTUM

Presentation Title: Ranching is for the Birds

Presentation Summary: When the Switzer Ranch turned to nature based tourism it spurred the family to learn more about grassland birds. Sarah and her family soon fell in love with this aspect of their ranch and began to look for ways to incorporate biodiversity and habitat improvement into their management goals. Sarah will outline how they actively manage for grassland birds on their ranch using the ecological processes that shaped the Great Plains; fire and grazing. She will also give a summary of the Sandhills ecosystem and highlight some of the unique birds found there.


OCTOBER 2021 - SANDY DESIMONE

Presentation Title:  Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary: Protecting and Promoting Southern California Wildlands
Presentation Summary: Plants are a passion for Sandy DeSimone who did her doctoral research on coastal sage scrub, an endangered shrubland. She also developed the “Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs,” an innovative approach that integrates ecological research into education. People of all ages participate in the programs, taught by biologists, and have a hands-on experience in simulated or actual field research. She also directed five years of research on biology and nonchemical control of a priority nonnative plant species, artichoke thistle. Since 1997 and over a series of three experiments, Starr Ranch seasonal staff learned how to use a method that has reduced artichoke thistle cover by 95% in a work site after one season of nonchemical treatment. Land managers from Ventura to San Diego Counties have visited Starr Ranch to hear about land management practices and visit the restoration sites.


NOVEMBER 2021 - DENYS HEMEN

Presentation Title: Caring for Wildlife at California Wildlife Center

Presentation Summary: The presentation will be an overview of what we do at CWC that focuses on our avian patients. It will include how we raise orphans, medical procedures we provide, what we do when a patient comes in, how we enhance an injured wild animal’s stay at CWC, and many pictures of past and present patients.


DECEMBER 2021 - JOSEPH BRANDT

Movie night / Q&A

Movie Title: Condor’s Shadow (55 minutes long) 


JANUARY 2022 - GAVIN JONES

Presentation Title: TBD

Presentation Summary (waiting for official summary but this is a rough idea): Gavin Jones is a wildfire ecologist working for the USDA. He is going to talk about how wildfire affects forest biodiversity (specifically owls!). 

 

SPEAKER ARCHIVES

SEPTEMBER 2020

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the Ventura River

Speaker: Ben Pitterle - Science and Policy Director

OCTOBER 2020

Bird Migration

Speaker: Frank DeMartino - President Conejo Audubon Society

NOVEMBER 2020

The Land of Many Threats: Ongoing Issues Affecting Los Padres National Forest

Speaker: Bryant Baker - Conservation Director, Las Padres National Forest Watch

DECEMBER 2020

Fire Ecology and Behavior in the Endangered Florida Scrub Jay

Speaker: David Sherer, USFWS

JANUARY 2021

What Happens Now? The Future of Alaska’s Public Lands and Wildlife

Speaker: Dr. Natalie Dawson

MARCH 2021

Climate Change and the Future for Birds

Speaker: Dr. Amy Denton, Professor CSUCI

APRIL 2021

Conservation in the Central Valley: 3 Keys to Our Future
Speaker: Xerónimo Castañeda, Conservation Manager California Audubon