Monthly Program: Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary: Protecting and Promoting Southern California Wildlands with Sandy DeSimone

The National Audubon Society’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary, located in Southern Orange County, is one of the few places in Southern California that still looks as it did hundreds of years ago. Containing coastal sage scrub, native grasslands, oak woodlands, chaparral, and riparian woodlands, the land was purchased in 1927 by millionaire Eugene Grant Starr to…

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Monthly Program: Pelagic Birding in San Diego with Stan Walens

Pelagic (ocean) birding trips can seem daunting—a moving vessel with distant dots zooming past. Identifying anything seems nearly impossible. How does one go about pelagic birding? What should we look for and how can we improve our odds of successful identification? Fortunately, our May presenter will provide a simple primer on all we need to…

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Monthly Program: The First People— Medicinal Plants of Southern California Tribes

The Payómkawichum creation story tells us that among The First People were plants, trees, and animals. Their natural medicines derived from native plants are as healing and as powerful today as Tamaayowut (Mother Earth) intended. From natural bug repellents to skin treatments, mood enhancers, and pain relievers, learn more about The First People and medicinal…

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Monthly Program: Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay with author Julie Zickefoose

Naturalist/artist/writer Julie Zickefoose thinks of herself as an unsung, minor, rather dirty superhero. Her superpower— saving small, economically worthless wildlife that would otherwise perish. An orphaned jay named Jemima was one such foundling. Spending nearly a year healing, studying, and raising the young blue jay for release opened the door to their world for Julie.…

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