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Friday - January 20 - 7:30 pm

In the Duck Club (building) at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
"Catch Me If You Can: How to Take Photographs of Hummingbirds"

presented by Steve Kaye

  Our New Year’s January speaker is Mr. Steve Kaye, professional nature photographer.  In his presentation, you will gain tips, tricks, and techniques that you can use to take photos of hummingbirds. This presentation begins with the basics of photography fundamentals. Then it continues to show how these fundamentals can be applied to taking photos of perched and flying hummingbirds. 
Mr. Kaye includes over 100 photos as examples of what’s possible. You’ll enjoy this session, even if you have yet to own a camera, as it will give you a new way of looking at avian photographs. Bonus: You can use the ideas in this month’s Sea and Sage program to take better, more memorable photos of anything in your area of interest!

Steve Kaye has been taking photos casually since 1965 and professionally since 2010. He now uses his photographs in presentations and informal talks and articles to inspire respect for nature. He has spoken at photography clubs, been a judge in photo contests, and has conducted classes on Nature Photography. He is proud that two of his photos appear in Woodpeckers of North America, by Stephen A. Shunk (published May 2016).  Mr. Kaye spent over a year preparing his presentation about Hummingbird Photography before giving it at the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival and then at the 2015 Tucson Audubon’s SE Arizona Birding Festival. 

Our program will be held in the Duck Club at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.  The doors will open at 7:00 for refreshments and fellowship, and the meeting and program will begin at 7:30 pm.  We hope you will join us. (Audubon House will be open from 6:30 until 7:15 - before the meeting.)


—Doug Lithgow, Programs Chair

DIRECTIONS to our General Meeting:

From the 405 Freeway south, exit on Jamboree. Turn right onto Jamboree. Turn left at Michelson. Turn right at Harvard. Turn right at Campus Drive. Make an immediate right into the marked entrance to the IRWD San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight to light your way back to the car since the parking lot is not well lit at night. See you there! (For those who arrive early, Audubon House will be open from 6:30 until 7:15 before the meeting.)
(Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the district's meeting rooms that are made available as a public service.)


General Meetings for 2016-2017
General Meetings are held the third Friday evening in September, October, November, January, February, April, May and June. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. (The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the district's meeting rooms, which are made available as a public service.) 
Sept. 16, 2016

"Capturing Southern California Raptors and Wildlife in Photographs"
presented by DeeDee Gollwitzer

Oct. 21, 2016 "Birds and Wildlife of the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil"
presented by Tom Getz
Nov. 18, 2016 "Costa Rica and the Abundance of Avian Life"
presented by Chuck Leavell
Dec. 2016 NO General Meeting in December
Jan. 20, 2017  
Feb. 17, 2017


Mar. 17, 2017
Annual Dinner
April 21, 2017


May 19, 2017

“Global Warming, Birds and their Forecasted Future” presented by Dave Weeshoff


Annual Dinner Meeting
The Annual Dinner meeting takes the place of a regular General Meeting in March. 

Committee Meetings
Committees do the chapter's work and welcome all interested members. They include: Conservation, Education, Bird Information, Programs, Partners in Flight, Field Trips, Exhibits, Hospitality, Exhibits, Membership, and Publishing. Not all of these committees have regular monthly meetings. 

Conservation Committee Meetings
The Conservation Committee meets the first Tuesday evening of each month, except July. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are usually held in the Learning Center in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. For more information contact Susan Sheakley at 949-552-5974, or email her at
4th Tuesday Conservation Lecture Series - 7:30 pm at Education Center (the big gray building), in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. Our next Conservation Lecture will be on Tuesday, October 25..
updated 1/3/17


Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963