EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - March 2021


MARCH 2021

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PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER - May 2021


MAY 2021

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VIDEO from April 19th Community Program is now available


VIDEO
from Monday's Community Program, No Birdbrains Here!, is now available for viewing on the MCAS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-j4mKcOk47aXSrcq3m2XZw 

After the short annual membership meeting, learn about the latest on bird learning, instinct, and intelligence from Dr. Susan Schneider, an expert on learning principles and nature-nurture relations, an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist. 

VIRTUAL Community Program: TUESDAY, 5/18 - Do You Think Bats are Scary?



NOTE: This month's Community Program will be on a TUESDAY.  Zoom Info at bottom.

Date: Tuesday, May 18th
Time: 7-8:30pm
Topic: Do You Think Bats are Scary?  Learn the truth about bats.
Presenter: Melinda Alvarado with Blind Bat Educational Programs

The presentation includes a slide show and features several species of live, tame bats. All ages will benefit from and appreciate this chance to learn about the real world of bats.

Myths, superstitions, and misconceptions about these highly beneficial mammals are discussed and replaced with factual learning about the ecological importance of bats and their roles in many ecosystems as insect controllers, pollinators, and seed dispersers. Discover why bats don't get headaches from hanging upside down and why you don't have to worry about bats getting stuck in your hair.

Learn that:

  • Bats are the only significant hunter of night flying insect pests.
  • Bats are NOT blind, some can see 10 times better than humans.
  • One bat can eat up to 1000 insects an hour, including mosquitoes.
  • Bats are much more closely related to humans than to rodents.
  • There are almost 1,100 species of bats worldwide. They are the second largest order of mammal.
  • Only about 1 in 1,000 bats will contract rabies, about the same as other wildlife. Simply not handling downed bats will reduce your chances of contracting this disease from a bat to zero.
  • Bats are major pollinators in the southern hemisphere. They are the primary seed disperser in tropical rainforests. Bats are responsible for up to 95% of tropical rainforest propagation.


Presenter Melinda Alvarado
has been a wildlife rehabilitator, conservationist, and educator since 1989. She has worked with a wide range of birds and animals, including seabirds, eagles, and hummingbirds as well as foxes, coyotes, and raccoons. She has extensive training in wildlife rehabilitation, and has worked at several oil spills in California from 1990 through 2001. She served on the Pacific Wildlife Care Board of Directors for many years. Currently retired from that position, Melinda continues to lead their bat rehabilitation team as a volunteer. When Melinda attended her first bat training in 1995, she came to realize that bats are the most misunderstood and persecuted animals on the planet. Since 1999, she has given over 900 wildlife educational programs to schools, libraries, and adult groups, 800 of which have been specifically about bats. Melinda firmly believes that the only way we will succeed in saving bats from their current rapid population decline is through public education. She incorporates her vast knowledge and experience with bats, as well as new bat discoveries, into her programs.

If you have questions, leave message at 805-772-1991

[Photos provided by Melinda Alvarado]

ZOOM INFO:

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VIRTUAL Community Program - APR 19th - No Birdbrains Here!

April Annual Membership Meeting and Presentation

April 19, 2021

The April community program will begin with the required MCAS annual membership meeting, followed by the presentation No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Bird Learning, Instinct, and Intelligence.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

This year members will be voting 1) on the proaposed slate of Board candidates to begin their terms on May 1st, and 2) on the proposed revisions to the MCAS By-laws. 

1) The Board positions voted on in “odd” years and the slate of nominees is as follows:

  •       President:   Judy Neuhauser 
  •       Vice President:   Dave Tyra 
  •       Treasurer:   Bart Beckman 
  •       Membership:   Rosalie Valvo 
  •       Education & Outreach:   Kaaren Perry 
  •       Communications:   Joanne Aase
  •       Fund Development:   Nancy Foley 
  •       Hi Mountain:   Steve Schubert 

2) The proposed by-law revisions now follow the “California Attorney General’s Guidelines for Charities,” necessitating some additions and modifications to the existing MCAS by-laws. Other revisions include changing the title “Past President” to “Vice President” (and that new position need not be filled by a past president), eliminating the position of “President Elect,” and eliminating, with Board approval, term limits of Board members (previously a 2-year limit). The standing chair committee duties were removed from the by-laws and placed in a separate “stand alone” document, making them easier to amend if necessary.

The full revisions and the standing committee duties can be found on the MCAS website: https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/about-mcas.html#bylaws (or select OUR CHAPTER-->About MCAS from website menu).

PRESENTATION

No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Bird Learning, Instinct, and Intelligence

Presenter:     Dr. Susan Schneider

When:             Monday, April 19, 2021, 7:00 pm (after the annual membership meeting)

(Zoom info at bottom.)

Birds can learn from consequences, as we and many other species can:  Baby chicks learn to peck accurately, wild mockingbirds learn to recognize individual people, and pigeons learned to categorize art and music.  Even instinctive behaviors like imprinting can be more flexible than scientists used to think, and songbird song appears particularly malleable.  This talk will explore bird learning and intelligence, from everyday foraging, to learning through observing, to tool use.  Such adaptability may be critical as wild birds attempt to adjust to the many threats they face.  Scientists also take advantage of this powerful learning ability to help save endangered species.

A behavioral and biopsychologist, Dr. Schneider is an expert on learning principles and nature-nurture relations. She’s also an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist. A Past President of San Joaquin Audubon (CA), she is currently focused on applying learning principles to the climate crisis.  Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact our World, was a selection of the Scientific American Book Club.  Schneider is a Visiting Scholar at University of the Pacific (Stockton) and a consultant for the Bay-area sustainability nonprofit Root Solutions.

Website:  http://www.scienceofconsequences.com

For more program info, email mcas@morrocoastaudubon.org or leave voice msg at 805-772-1991.

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Passcode: MorroCoast

 

 

EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - February 2021


FEBRUARY 2021

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PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER - April 2021


APRIL 2021

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VIDEO from March 15th Community Program is now available

 

Photo by Dave Lawrence [featured in this Community Program]

VIDEO from Monday's Community Program, Birds of SLO County-2020-Part 1, is now available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTuOvPU-l3c

Beautiful photographs of hundreds of species!! Presented by Dave Keeling with piano accompaniment by Oliver Glynn.

MCAS YouTube channel, with all our zoom Community Program recordings is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-j4mKcOk47aXSrcq3m2XZw