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General Meeting

Friday evening - February 16 - 7:30 pm

In the Duck Club (building) at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
"Plants for Birds"


presented by John Rowden
National Audubon's Director of Community Conservation


“Birds and native plants are made for each other thanks to millions of years of evolution,” said Dr. John Rowden, Audubon’s Director of Community Conservation. “As plants grow and bloom earlier because of warming temperatures, there is a growing mismatch between bloom times and the arrival of birds that depend on them. Habitat provided by native plants can help climate threatened birds adapt and survive.”

National Audubon is encouraging us to get involved: “Your garden is your outdoor sanctuary. With some careful plant choices, it can be a haven for native birds as well. Landscaped with native species, your yard, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharge station for birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting and overwintering birds. Each patch of restored native habitat is just that—a patch in the frayed fabric of the ecosystem in which it lies. By landscaping with native plants, we can turn a patchwork of green spaces into a quilt of restored habitat. More native plants mean more choices of food and shelter for native birds and other wildlife.” This is more important than ever, with our fire ravaged hills.

John Rowden joined Audubon in 2009 when he was hired by the New York City chapter to direct citizen science and outreach throughout the city. In 2013, he transitioned to the National Audubon Society, first working on the Toyota TogetherGreen program before becoming Audubon’s Director of Community Conservation in 2016. John’s work at Audubon has focused on engaging new audiences in the organization’s conservation efforts, personally and through Audubon’s extensive national network. He holds a PhD in Zoology from Duke University. He presents a compelling argument for more native plants for birds in your garden.

  Our program will be held in the Duck Club at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. The doors 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!

—Gail Richards


  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
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.) 

Annual Dinner Meeting

The Annual Dinner meeting takes the place of a regular General Meeting in March. This year's Annual Dinner will be on SATURDAY night, March 17th, 2018. Our guest speaker will be Alvaro Jaramillo who will be speaking on "Birders and Bird Brains."

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. 

4th Tues. Conservation Lectures
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 susansheakley@cox.net .
4th Tuesday Conservation Lecture Series - 7:30 pm at Education Center (the big gray building), in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.
updated 2/15/18


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