San-Cap Audubon announces 2022 conference series
A new season of Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures kicks off Thursday, January 6, with Dr. Jerry Jackson, professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and host of the WGCU radio show “With the Wild Things”. Dr. Jackson’s program will focus on heron and egret diets, feeding habits, and unique adaptations for consuming their daily meals.
The series continues with an array of presenters ranging from biologists, naturalists, environmentalists and photographers to a best-selling author from The New York Times.
All programs start at 7:00 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, where the doors open at 6:30 p.m. A donation of $ 10 per person is suggested. Masks are expected and social distancing is encouraged. Here is the lineup for the season following Dr. Jackson on January 6:
?? January 13: “The Shorebird Conservation Story on Sanibel and Captiva” – Local shorebird biologist Audrey Albrecht discusses the history of island shorebird conservation partnerships and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Snowy Plover project.
?? January 20: “Conservation of the fork-tailed kite and the red kite: contrasting ecology, identical threats” – Dr Ken Meyer, Founder of the Avian Research Conservation Institute, summarizes what ARCI’s research has taught us about the conservation ecology of dovetail kites and kites snails, including how our actions – and inactions – darken their future.
?? January 27: “Drifting in a Red Sea: Brevetoxicosis in seabirds” – The red tide blooms have devastating effects on a myriad of local fauna. But, through tragedy comes innovation. CROW’s Dr Heather Barron discusses the effects of the red tide on local bird species and the treatment modalities newly developed by CROW.
?? February 3: “Birding the Sky Islands of Southeast Arizona” – Peter Hawrylyshyn takes the audience on a photographic journey to one of the country’s legendary birding hotspots.
?? February 10: “Wetlands, water and wood storks” – Dr Shawn Clem discusses what Audubon scientists are finding out about recent hydrological changes in the wetlands of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and a possible correlation with the decline in wood stork nesting.
?? February 17: “A world on the wing” – New York Times bestselling author Scott Weidensaul discusses the science and wonders of bird migration.
?? February 24: “Surveillance of rookeries and management of other resources in SWFL aquatic reserves” – It takes a village to monitor and manage the Rookery Islands in our region. Birds use Rookery Islands from Estero to Charlotte Harbor. Abrianna Sadler of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission and Arielle Taylor-Manges of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection highlight the area’s wading and diving bird monitoring program.
San-Cap Audubon also hosts ornithological walks every Saturday from 9 a.m. on January 1. For more information, visit www.san-capaudubon.org. ??