Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. It was downhill from there.   Glossy black with epaulets of red and white, the Tricolored Blackbird once abounded. In the 19th century, one author stated they were “the most abundant species in San Diego and Los Angeles counties.” Estimates set some colonies at more than a…

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The “underground” conjures up images of wartime intrigue or noble resistance. Closer to home, underground is home to thousands of species supporting food webs and life cycles critical to the life around us. But to Paleontologist Tom Deméré, beneath our feet lies a map of life from the Cretaceous to the Pleistocene.   The Carlsbad-Oceanside…

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2018 Annual Meeting and Election of Board of Directors will take place before the film.   Su Rynard’s documentary The Messenger explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in…

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Just the mention of Thailand brings to mind all things exotic. For the wildlife enthusiast, Thailand offers a wonderland of tropical species to be found in its mountains, rainforests, and along its 2,000 miles of shoreline.   Our tour guide is Professor Ed Henry. He taught social anthropology and ethnomusicology for 33 years at San…

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Tropical Birding with Dr. Matthew Binns About three million years ago, the formation of the volcanic Isthmus of Panama joined the long separated continents of North and South America. This precipitated the Great American Interchange—the migration of fauna from one continent to another. The astounding diversity of species to be found in Central America and…

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