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Monthly Programs

Our monthly educational meetings include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed!

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. You are welcome to join us for the entire meeting or just the Educational Program.

6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Birding Information
7:25 p.m. Chapter Announcements and Business
7:40 p.m. Social time, refreshments and door prize drawing
8:05 p.m. Educational Program

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Biking for Birds: 365 days, 18,000 miles, 618 species, 1 amazing adventure - Dorian Anderson

Birding Information:
"Photo Journal of Heather Farms by Brian Murphy"
Presented by Georgette Howington
Please, join us on a journey back about 50 years to the present as we look at photographs taken by Brian during his many years at Heather Farm Park. Some of them are poignant, beautiful, funny and nostalgic. Time and time again we are reminded of how Nature never ceases to surprise and how quickly time does go by.

Main Program:
Biking For Birds - Dorian Anderson


Images courtesy: Jane Kim

On January 1st, 2014, Dorian Anderson boarded his bicycle for an eco-friendly twist on the classic birdwatching Big Year, a project during which a birdwatcher tries to maximize the number of bird species observed during a calendar year. Where his predecessors utilized cars, planes, boats, and even helicopters, Anderson used only a bicycle, and in the 12 months following his departure he pedaled 18,000 miles through 28 states in search of birds. He saw the country like no birder before him, overcame immeasurable physical and mental challenges, and found an incredible 618 species by year’s end.

Anderson will speak about the genesis of the trip and why he decided to resign his long-standing scientific career to pursue the project. He’ll provide a recount of his travels, and his personality and enthusiasm will be on full display as he spins tales of birds, bicycles, extreme weather, landscapes, and everything else he encountered on America’s roads. His story should not be missed!

Dorian Anderson started birding in his family backyard in Philadelphia at age seven, and his interest grew to encompass the Delaware Valley and Jersey Shore during his preteen years. He attended several of Victor Emanuel’s youth birding camps as a teenager and was a very active birder until the responsibilities of boarding school pushed the interest to into the background.

He attended Stanford University where he studied Biochemisty and Molecular Biology and he worked in the department of Molecular Biology at Harvard University after graduation. In 2004, he moved to New York to begin his doctorate in Developmental Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology at NYU. He completed that degree in 2010 and moved back to Boston for a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. However, by the end of 2012 he decided academic science was no longer his calling and wanted to reconnect with his childhood birding passion. He resigned his position in the middle of 2013 and began preparing for his Big Year adventure.

Momentum from that project opened up many doors including public speaking, travel writing, and tour guiding. He recently spent two months working with the Audubon Society in Colombia, and he leads pelagic trips when home in San Francisco. He is an accomplished bird photographer, and is working to finish a book about his bike-birding adventure.


Thursday, June 6, 2019 Potluck Program: Super Hummingbirds DVD

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