San Diego Audubon speaker presentations are designed for civic and community service groups, garden clubs, and other volunteer organizations. The presentations are focused on engaging regional and world conservation issues, as well as on-going challenges to local wildlife and habitats. These 30 to 60 minute presentations are ideal for weekly luncheon meetings or monthly evening meetings. They include images, sounds and audience interaction and participation. All equipment needed to facilitate these events will be provided by San Diego Audubon. There is no fee, although donations are always appreciated and group size must be 20 adults or more.
If your organization is interested in scheduling a speaker, please contact us at (858) 273-7800, or simply email the speaker listed below the presentation by clicking on his name.
Nature's Ambassadors: The Birds of the San Diego Garden
Speaker: Mike Matherly
Description: This fast-paced program illustrates the most common birds in a typical Southern California garden and how to keep them there to add song, color and animation to your flowered slice of heaven. Audiences will learn their names and how to identify them. Some of the best bird photography in Southern California is the highlight of the show, along with natural history explanations of why each bird is special and why it was drawn to your home. Like an old friend, who is the most faithful bird to visit your garden each day of its life? Which birds only visit seasonally, from as far away as the Arctic and Central America? Who's the most fearless, at the top of the pecking order? Which relentless hunter uses your greenery to maximize stealth and chances for an easy meal? It is an informative and entertaining glimpse at a world we often can't see because of the trees (and flowers and shrubs and ...).
The Long Journey: Marvels and Science of Bird Migration Speaker: Mike Matherly
An overview of one of the great wonders on earth and the latest research explaining why, how, and when billions of birds take wing in their search for the endless summer. Focusing on North America and San Diego, heavy emphasis will be on the geography and biology of migration, including the challenges and obstacles birds face crossing a rapidly changing continent.Then They Were Gone: Passenger Pigeons and Carolina Parakeets in American Conservation HistorySpeaker: Mike Matherly
A cautionary tale of how America lost its most iconic birds, the most recent theories on why they disappeared, and their role in U.S. history. At the start of the 19th century, one in every four birds in North America was a passenger pigeon and parakeets filled forests from Florida to Wisconsin. Within a single generation, they were gone. It is no coincidence that the founding of the national parks and conservation movement occurred during the demise of our most visible birds.
Healthy Backyard Habitat: The Native Plant Garden Cultivating a Natural World for Birds and Butterflies
Description: Tired of that sterile, motel landscape around your home? Bring life and song to your yard and garden by using native plants and a wildlife friendly design. This presentation demonstrates how you can make your California garden become a slice of our natural landscape that requires minimal maintenance, conserves water and attracts wildlife. The key lies in having the right mix of native plants coupled with the three things all birds need: food, water and shelter. By using native plants that are adapted to our climate you will have fewer insect and disease problems than with ornamentals and rarely will soil supplements be needed. Best of all, birds and butterflies are naturally drawn to these plants. This PowerPoint program, along with several informational handouts, will get you started on planning your own native plant garden - one that benefits both people and wildlife.