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
Debbie Miller adventuring in Alaska
On Arctic Ground
by Debbie Miller
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Debbie Miller, author and adventurer, will talk about her 40-year experience in the Arctic, focusing on the incredible diversity of birds and mammals that are so beautifully presented in her new book. This wonderful discussion will be illustrated with beautiful photos taken by professional wildlife photographers and also with bird recordings. Her talk will include gripping and personal stories about hiking and canoeing with fellow biologists and photographers more than 600 miles through the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA). The NPRA is a largely unknown western Arctic reserve that covers more than 23-million acres protecting invaluable nesting habitats for great numbers of species.
Book: On Arctic Ground
Forty years ago Debbie moved from San Francisco to the Alaskan Arctic where she taught during the school year and explored during the long summer days when school was closed. Her most recent accomplishment is a beautiful book about her experiences titled On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve. Read more about her book. Debbie has given many talks to audiences nationwide with rave reviews and we know you will enjoy the show too.
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Annual Meeting with potluck picnic and volunteer recognition
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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 2013
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.