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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

November 2015

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 by Doug Cheeseman Red-and-green Macaws by Doug Cheeseman Photo of Doug Cheesemano
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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December 2015

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.

January 2016

A Photo Tour of Wildlife Behavior in the American West
Brent Paull
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brent Paull Vermillion Flycatcher Bobcat
Brent Paull, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Bobcat

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife behavior, including a few surprising moments in avian life and the techniques birds use to successfully fledge their young from nest building to feeding. Brent has spent many hours tracking and investigating Bobcats and Kit Foxes trying to answer questions such as: How do they catch their prey? How do they have fun in life? Brent will share a wide variety of wildlife behaviors, including courtship and mating from the commonplace to the unexpected, all photographed in the American West.

Since 1985 Brent Paull has created a life immersed in nature through photography and writing about all he saw and experienced. He spends most of his time leading photo safaris around the western USA and teaching photography in 22 cities in California. His superb photos have appeared in many publications, including National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Birds.

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