Calendar: Speaker Series
These free monthly programs feature scientists, photographers, authors, international travelers and others speaking on a wide range of topics related to birds and their environment.
Both members and non-members are invited to attend, but we encourage you to become a supporting member so we can continue this popular Speaker Series.
Time and Place: The programs are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month, except for December, July, and August. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at
Cubberley Community Center, Room H1
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(see street view map or map PDF)
Refreshments at 7:30 PM, program at 8 PM
"Attu: Extreme birding in the Aleutian Islands"
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Whiskered Auklet, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, and Julio Mulero
Attu, a legendary place that needs little introduction to birders, has been the site of many first North American records due to its proximity to Asia. Historically, the island was the site of the only World War II land battle fought on U.S. territory and its battlefield area is a National Historic Landmark. This presentation starts out birding in Adak and chronicles the 3-day pelagic trip to and from Attu with several stopping points along the way. The logistics of traveling to and within Attu, the westernmost point of the United States, as well as the current state of the island's infrastructure will be described. Please join us on a photographic tour of the birds and landscapes of this remote and very unique corner of our nation.
Julio is a member of Bay Area Bird Photographers (BABP) where he first presented this program - it was so well-received that he agreed to present it to us also. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and his research focuses on forensic human identification through DNA analysis. Julio and his wife, Renee, support the U.S. economy through their frequent domestic birdwatching trips and are longtime active members and volunteers for SCVAS.
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"A Photo Tour of Bird Behavior"
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Steve Zamek, Motmots, and Grebes
Can a snake strangle a heron? Why would a nuthatch feed bluebird chicks? Do hawks play with their prey? What do flycatchers feed their young? How are verdins like hummingbirds? Answers to these questions, and more, can be found in the photos presented this evening by local bird photographer Steve Zamek.
Steve has spent much of the past several years lugging around camera gear in an effort to capture the beauty and behavior of birds in their natural habitat. The images shared will include a wide variety of bird behavior, including courtship, mating, tending young, hunting, territorial defense, and nest building.
Come enjoy the fascinating world of bird behavior, from the mundane to exciting, endearing to violent, commonplace to unexpected.
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Annual Meeting with potluck picnic and volunteer recognition
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
McClellan Ranch, Cupertino (get directions)
Join your fellow SCVAS members for the Annual Meeting on the lovely grounds of McClellan Ranch Preserve, where our headquarters is located. We will enjoy a dinner-potluck with old and new friends so please bring a main dish, casserole, salad, or hors d'ouevres to share. Beverages and desserts will be supplied by SCVAS. Bring your own plates and utensils so we can do our part to reduce waste. Meet the SCVAS Staff, Board Members and Officers, and vote in the annual Board Officer elections. Browse our fantastic Nature Shop! We will also present awards to our many deserving volunteers during the short program. Come, join us!
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July and August 2015
There are no programs in July and August. But our Nature Shop and Headquarters (get directions) are open! Join one of our other events going on this summer. Our Speaker Series resumes in September.