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
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.
Future of the World's most Stunning Ecosystem: The Antarctic
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
King Penguins on South Georgia Island, Wandering Albatross chick, Ted Cheeseman in Antarctica
Antarctica boasts glorious wildlife and overwhelming landscapes, but it is facing extreme rapid change. Some of this change is very positive: whale populations are recovering from a century of exploitation and the island of South Georgia just completed the world's largest rat eradication opening the door to the return of 100 million breeding birds. But what will become of this environment with warming oceans and melting glaciers? Illustrated with engaging images taken during many Antarctic expeditions, Ted Cheeseman will share stories and questions about the future of the world's harshest and most stunning ecosystem. He will discuss the breathtaking great albatrosses and penguins, including the Wandering Albatross nesting on Prion Island, South Georgia.
After earning a graduate degree in tropical conservation biology from Duke University, Ted returned to California to work with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris, the company his parents founded in 1980. Since then, Ted has led worldwide expeditions with a primary focus on Antarctica, especially South Georgia Island, for over two decades. He served for five years on the executive committee of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), a group working to minimize the environmental impact of tourism. As human impacts become ever stronger in the places Ted loves most, he strives to use nature expeditions to turn travelers on to science and to underscore the value of wild lands and seas.
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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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