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SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Program: Birding Hawaii - The Extinction Capital of the World.  Join Dave and Tammy McQuade as they share their birding photos and experiences on the Hawaiian Islands.  Hawaii’s small land mass, long history of extreme isolation, climate change and rapid pace of development have left its many indigenous species vulnerable to predators and diseases.  Dave and Tammy have been fortunate enough to bird this beautiful and rapidly changing environment twice in recent years.  Join us as they share their love for this beautiful place and it's incredible birds!!

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Program: Wildlife Wonders of the Pantanal, by Josh Engel.  Brazil’s Pantanal is home to both an enormous diversity of birds and one of the densest concentrations of large mammals anywhere in the Americas. Although it is often referred to as the world’s largest wetland, it is in reality a vast mosaic of wetlands, grassland, and lush forest. It is particularly famous for its large population of jaguars and its role in the conservation of Hyacinth Macaws, two of its iconic animals. As he gears up to lead his second tour to the region (starting this weekend!), Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel will talk about the birds, animals, and travel experience in the incredible Pantanal as well touching on nearby habitats, like the dry forests of the cerrado and lush rainforests of the Atlantic Forest.   (Click title to see more...)

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Program: Rare Birds & Rare Bird Chasing in CA , 1960s to 2010, by Paul Lehman.  Come join us to hear some great stories from Paul on the rarities that show up in our state.

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Program: Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, by Justin LeClaire, Avian Conservation Biologist for Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP), based in Corpus Christi.  After growing up and receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Vermont, Justin worked as an avian biologist in New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, and most recently the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where he spent 5 years. Justin is also a skilled birder, photographer, and general outdoor enthusiast, and has volunteered thousands of hours for various wildlife research projects, habitat restoration, wildlife rescues, and outdoor education.

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Owling - Los Angeles Times Program: Red Crossbills in Southern California, by Dr. Lance Benner. This talk will describe Red Crossbill biology, the different flight call types, their geographic distributions, and will present recordings of each one. Lance has been recording Red Crossbills around North America since 2011, with a particular emphasis on southern California and the Sierra Nevada.  

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, May 17, 2022

David PerekstaProgram: The Russian Far East: Birding in a Sea of Sorrow, presented by David Pereksta. The Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East is little known outside of Russia and seldom visited by westerners. This sea dominates the Northwest Pacific. David had a rare opportunity to explore this incredible region in June of 2016 and will share some of his experiences with the wildlife, culture, and history in a lavishly illustrated talk with the highlights of the photos he took while there.  Click for more details, and join us for a fascinating presentation.

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Program: Ornithology Pioneer Harry S. Swarth, presented by his grandson Chris Swarth.  Chris will share the life and career of Harry Swarth and his contributions to western ornithology in the early 1900's.

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Program: Quail Research by Dr. Jessie Salter.  Dr. Salter is interested in the processes that generate and maintain diversity at the species, population, and genome level in birds. Please join us for an interesting review of her recent research in quail evolution and genomics.

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Program: Birding Fast and Slow, Alvaro Jamarillo There is perhaps no activity as complete as birding, in that it can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways, by essentially every type of person. There is a lot to birding, and perhaps what we forget is that it makes us privileged to become connected with nature. This connection is not only fun, it is vital, and it is absolutely wonderful for your health. Come see how, and why this is.

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Topic: Argentina – Bottom to Top! In 2019, Nancy Christensen and her husband Russ visited a few select areas of Argentina. Following their trip to Antarctica, Nancy and Russ stayed a few extra days to explore Argentina. They saw 182 species of birds in that short week. They were impressed with the wide diversity of habitats and life contained within this country. Five days was not enough to satisfy, but was enough to build a desire to return and see more of this lovely country!

New Years Pelagic Trip

Start the new year with our annual SDFO Pelagic Trip.  Please contact Barbara Carlson for reservations and to make payments.

SDFO Meeting – Year in Review

It's our annual Holiday Party.  In lieu of a face-to-face get-together, we will again be having a virtual celebration.  Nancy Christensen will present an overview of the birds seen around the county this past year.  Afterwards, we would like YOU to speak up and tell us briefly your most memorable birding experience in the past twelve months.  Let's share our love of birds this holiday season!