Monterey Audubon's Monthly Lectures and Programs Occur at the PG Museum of Natural History on Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. Doors open for refreshments and socializing at 700pm. Our programs begin at app. 7:30. Monterey Audubon's Board Meetings are also open to the general membership and begin at 6:00pm, before the presentation. All are welcome.
TUESDAY, JULY 9: Black Oystercatchers and Sea Level Rise in Pacific Grove, California with Amanda Preece and Rahil Ryder
Amanda and Rahil will discuss their work on the effects of sea level rise on the availability of Black Oystercatcher habitat in Pacific Grove, CA. Both masters students at CSUMB, Amanda and Rahil took on the challenging topic of sea level rise for their Remote Sensing class, in which satellite imagery or other remotely sensed data is used to answer specific ecological questions. They used ArcGIS in conjunction with NOAA's sea level rise projections, plus additional help from our local Black Oystercatcher Monitoring Project, to develop maps that indicate which sections of the oystercatcher territories are at risk from sea level rise.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: PROGRAM CANCELED DUE TO UNFORESEEN MUSEUM REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS. BOARD MEETING STILL TO OCCUR.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER10: Journaling as a way to experience wildlife and the natural world, with Marley Peifer
Do you want to take your birding to the next level? Do you want to better remember the species, patterns, and behaviors that you see in the field? A new pair of fancy binoculars might be nice but there is another, much more important tool that every birder should know about. Join Marley Peifer in this fun class where we will explore the powerful ways that nature journaling can make you a better birder and naturalist while deepening your connection to the natural world. Beginners and experienced participants alike will leave this class empowered with tricks, techniques, and the mental mindset to accelerate their learning and enjoyment in nature.
Marley has been leading nature journaling groups at least once a month in the North Bay for the last three years. In addition to his excursions in California, he has also nature journaled in the Ecuadorean Amazon and cloud forest, the Serengeti, and the seasonally dry tropical forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Marley lives in Sebastopol, California where he practices gardening, wildlife tracking, birding, and painting. He strives for a reintegration of art with science, a synthesis that he develops in his journaling and teaching. Nature journaling has been a fundamental practice for Marley ever since he discovered how it improved his observation and learning.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Birds and Beasts of Tanzania with Rita Carratello and Don Roberson. The Usambara Mountains of northeastern Tanzania are not usually on anyone’s tourist route. The roads are bumpy and the infrastructure is poor. However, because of its isolation, there are unique flora and fauna, including endemic birds and endangered species to track down. With the help of an experienced local guide, Don Roberson and Rita Carratello visited there in June 2018 for 5 days. They also made a return visit to two favorite safari parks -- Tarangire NP and Ngorongoro Conservation Area -- to search for the iconic mammals of East Africa.