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An Evening with Guy McCaskie: Formation, Functioning, and Accomplishments of the California Birds Records Committee
September 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
On May 27, legendary birder and field ornithologist Guy McCaskie recorded his 500th species in San Diego County, a Hudsonian Godwit spotted on the tidal mudflats at the mouth of the San Diego River. Five hundred! Everyone was amazed but no one was surprised. After all, Mr. McCaskie is credited with transforming California (and eventually North American) birding from spotting the expected to seeking the unexpected. And he’s been doing so in the Golden State for over 60 years with scientific precision and undiminished enthusiasm.
Along the way, Guy McCaskie has authored or co-authored several books and hundreds of articles and inspired or initiated numerous conservation or ornithological projects and organizations. Central to his role as leader, and the topic of the evening program, is the California Birds Records Committee (CBRC), which Guy co-founded and has helped lead since 1970. The CBRC is the final authority on records of rarities and vagrants in the state, and the keeper of the state’s official bird list, which now numbers 673.
It’s seldom that we get to rub shoulders with a man of Guy McCaskie’s stature. Join him for a walk through history and into the future of California birding.
Wednesday, September 18
Social: 6:30 p.m.
Walk & Trip Information: 6:45 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m.