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
Severe Weather from Climate Change
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries, Dan Lineman, The Climate Reality Project
Worldwide, severe weather events have dramatically increased in frequency and in magnitude. The biggest impacts, and thus solutions, to Climate Change are still in our hands, especially in those of us in the USA. Dan Linehan is working at grass roots level to bring about significant changes in public opinion to reduce CO2 emissions. Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth" released in 2006, made the first big impact of the need to reduce emissions, but it did not significantly change public opinion. It did get the Climate Reality Project and other organizations empowered to work on getting people off their butts. It will become ever more powerful in future years until finally a million people will perhaps march on Washington DC. Dan's highly engaging program on climate and its effects on habitats that sustain wildlife is a perfect sequel to Ted Cheeseman's program in September on the Antarctic region.
Author of two non-fiction books and a freelance writer, Dan Linehan has over a hundred publications. Much of his work focuses on the natural world, environmental issues, and how to solve these issues. Dan has been a longtime volunteer for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary outreach programs and is an active member of the Climate Reality Project (their logos illustrated here alongside the Dan's photo). He has a background in science and engineering. After the Larsen B Ice Shelf, an immense mass of ice in Antarctica about the size of Rhode Island, disintegrated in a matter of 35 days in 2002, Dan became much more engaged in climate change. He studied the effects firsthand in Antarctica and the surrounding regions. He also wrote a 5-page cover story on severe weather caused by climate change that hit the newsstands less than a month before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. He lived through the worst storm in the history of La Plata, the capitol of Buenos Aires province in Argentina. Read more about Dan Linehan's work.
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Two Sides of the Andes: Peru's Highlands and Amazon Basin and Brazil's Pantanal
Doug Cheeseman and Steve Thompson
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Jaguar in Brazil, Red-and-green Macaws in Peru, Doug Cheeseman
A many faceted exciting hour begins with Doug Cheeseman's best images of the Peruvian highlands from Cusco to Machu Picchu, including colorful tanagers and other highland birds that thrive in the surrounding "refugia" forests. Doug will weave in the culture, the fall of the great Inca Empire, the preIncas and the Spanish Conquistadors. He will slice through the amazing life zones of the Manu Biosphere Reserve from the high elfin forests through upper and lower cloud forests into the Amazon Basin lowlands. Steve Thompson created a fast paced short video selected from many delightful scenic, cultural and wildlife encounters while in Peru.
Then from the other side of the Andes in Brazil, Doug will present the wildlife of the Pantanal, the largest wetland in the world. It's a true conservation story of the recovery of wetland species and success of tourism to protect Hyacinth Macaws, White Caiman, Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir, Ocelot, Giant Anteater and even the very shy Maned Wolf. During the dry season, wildlife is concentrated around lagoons and the Pantanal is at its best with Jaguars hunting caimans and capybara along the Cuiaba River from the famous Transpantaneira Highway, then in the Southern Pantanal at Fazenda San Francisco and Caiman Lodge, two of the very best wildlife destinations in South America.
After finding a lack of true in-depth nature and educational travel experiences, Doug and Gail Cheeseman filled that void by starting Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris over 35 years ago. Now Doug uses his expertise gained during 35 years of teaching ecology and zoology at De Anza College to offer travelers a unique learning experience in wildlife-rich regions of the world. A love of photographing wildlife behavior paired with his enthusiasm for teaching and energetic style makes his college-level lectures very popular in our local communities.
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There is no program in December. Please stop by our Nature Shop and Headquarters (get directions) to do your holiday shopping in our wonderful Nature Shop. Come to our holiday open house in December featuring crafts made by local artisans, photography, refreshments, and more!