Speaker Series

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Unique and Rare Birds of Sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday October 12, 2023
Unique and Rare Birds of Sub-Saharan Africa
Speaker: John Sterling
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John will take us on a virtual tour of some of Africa’s most unique and rare birds from his travels in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa, and will discuss some of the threats and challenges for some of the endangered birds and their habitats.

He will be discussing conservation issues such as climate change and loss of habitat; and many of the species in peril, such as Montane Blue Swallow, Picathartes, Shoebill and Nahan’s Partridge.  He will also talk about other bird families and species unique to the sub-Saharan region, such as Hammerkop, Ostriches, Turacos, Flufftails and Egyptian Plover.

Speaker Bio: 
John has been actively birding since 1971 and embarked on a career in ornithology while a student at Humboldt State University in 1979. He has worked for the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington DC, research labs of the US Forest Service, and many other organizations in Latin America and California.

Photo: Shoebill (whale-headed stork)
Photo by: John Sterling

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September“The Marvelous Hummingbird – From Sea to Summit” – by Benny Jacobs-Schwartz
June – “Tour of Marin Audubon Tidelands” – by Jude Stalker
May“The Importance to Islands and Avian Evolution” – by Bob Lewis
April“California Condor – Forever Free” – by Kurt Leuschner
March“Bay Area Mountain Lions” – by Winston Vickers



December“Domestic Cat Management in Marin County” – by Grant Sizemore
November“Anacapa Island Seabird Restoration” – by Annie Little
October“Hummingbirds of California and Beyond” – by Bob Lewis
September“Beauty and the Beast – California Wildflowers and Climate Change” – by Rob Badger and Peter H. Raven
June“Conservation of the Tri-colored Blackbird and its Habitat in the Sierra Foothills and Central Valley” – by Daniel Airola
May“Northern Spotted Owl Monitoring in Marin County” – by Renee Cormier
April – “Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevadas” – by Keith Hansen
March“Turkey Vultures, California Condors and the Migration of Raptors Across the Desert” – by Kurt Leuschner
FebruaryMinnesota’s Sax-Zim Bog & the “Invasion of the Vole Snatchers” – by Sparky Stensass
January “Birding in New Mexico” – by Rich Cimino



December“Monarchs in Marin. How Much Trouble Are They In?” – by Mia Monroe and Ed Nute
November“Birding Adventures in Morocco” – by Stirling Bird Tours
OctoberAmigos Alados “Feathered Friends” – by Alison Quoyeser
SeptemberBirds and Mammals of Tanzania – by Wendy Dreskin
JuneFor the Love of Hummingbirds – by John Shewey
MayA Worldwide Collaboration to Track Bird Migration – by Amie MacDonald
AprilDiscovering Wood Warblers in Marin County – by Daniel Edelstein M.S.
MarchBirding by Kayak on the Russian River – by Theresa & Miles Tuffli
February Marin’s Booming Bird Population – by Roger D Harris
January Change in Bird Status in the Central Valley – by John Sterling



December – When Waterbirds are in Crisis – by JD Bergerson
November – Habitat Potential – by M.T. Clark
October – Birds of the Sierra – by Bob Lewis
September – Natural History of the Gulf of the Farallon Marine Sanctuary – by David Wimpfheimer
June – Habitat Potential – by Josiah Clark