PHOTO: ALECIA SMITH
SNEAK PEAK AT FALL 2021 PROGRAMS
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!).
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the Ventura River
Speaker: Ben Pitterle - Science and Policy Director
Speaker: Frank DeMartino - President Conejo Audubon Society
The Land of Many Threats: Ongoing Issues Affecting Los Padres National Forest
Speaker: Bryant Baker - Conservation Director, Las Padres National Forest Watch
Fire Ecology and Behavior in the Endangered Florida Scrub Jay
Speaker: David Sherer, USFWS
What Happens Now? The Future of Alaska’s Public Lands and Wildlife
Speaker: Dr. Natalie Dawson
Climate Change and the Future for Birds
Speaker: Dr. Amy Denton, Professor CSUCI