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photo by Dan Trinidad
photo by G. McCausland
photo by Dan Trinidad
188 people attended our 2015 Annual Dinner. The room had ample room for the chapter display tables and the tables containing the Special Raffle and Silent Auctione items. Everyone enjoyed the social hour before dinner with the no-host bar and the opportunity to look at the displays and make the rounds at the Special Raffle tables where the interesting items were so artfully displayed. Gretchen McCausland’s beautiful floral centerpieces graced each table, making the room look inviting and festive.

2016 Annual Dinner
Friday evening, March 18, 2016
at the Mile Square Park Banquet Center
Guest Speaker: Phil Unitt

Philip Unitt is Curator of birds and mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He is a specialist in subspecies identification of California birds and author of The San Diego County Bird Atlas, The Birds of San Diego County and editor of Western Birds, the regional journal of ornithology for western North America.

Phil is an active southern California birder best known for two areas of achievement: (1) for his work on the status and distribution of birds in San Diego County, and (2) as the long-time editor of Western Birds, the journal of Western Field Ornithologists. Phil is a native San Diegan, attended San Diego State University, and has spent his entire professional career in San Diego, where he is the collections manager of the birds and mammals department of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Despite this heavy emphasis within San Diego County, Phil birded widely in the southern California desert oases in the mid-1970s, and he spent some time living in the San Francisco area in the late '70s/early '80s.


The Sea and Sage Annual Dinner will again be held at the Mile Square Park Banquet Center on Friday evening, March 18th. This year's speakers are Vince Gerwe and Rod Lang, who will present their interesting program about the California Condors. Their program is entitled, "The California Condor Recovery Program in Southern Califonria."

Vince Gerwe has been a condor volunteer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife even before the founding of the Friends of the California Fikve and Wild group. He is a past president of The Friends group and is currently the Activities Director. Rod Lang has been a member of The Friends grooup for over 3 y ears and a member of its speaker program for a year. For more information on their group and its activities, check out these websites: www.friendsofcondors.olrg , www.facebook.com/friendsof condors ; Twitter:@CondorFriends .

The evening's program will include the presentation of our chapter's Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award and Letters of Commendation, and a limited item raffle and silent auction. The Mile Square Park Banquet Center is located at the south end of Mile Square Park, at the intersections of Warner and Ward in Fountain Valley. Free parking is available. Directions and a map will be sent to each person who makes a reservation for the dinner and provides their email address or a stamped, self-addressed envelope for reservation confirmation and directions.


Table decorations
created by Gretchen McCausland

  Schedule for the Evening
  No host Bar: 6:00 p.m.
  Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
  Program: 8:00 p.m. sharp!
  Location: Mile Square Park Banquet Center
  Tickets: $46 per person for reservations received before March 1st; $51 per person for reservations received on or after March 1st.
  Entrees: Chicken or Vegetarian
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY. Seating will be assigned in the order the reservations are received. If you wish to sit with friends, make sure they send in their reservations on the same date you do. To reserve a seat, make your check payable to “Sea & Sage Audubon”; include the name of each person for whom a reservation is made. If you wish group seating, please indicate that on the reservation form; each table will seat 10 people. Mail your check to: Annual Dinner, c/o Nancy Kenyon, 32 Almond Tree Ln., Irvine CA 92612. A message confirming your reservation will be sent back to you along with directions and a map. Be sure to include your email address and phone on the reservation form. All reservations must be received by 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 14th.
Reservation Form (a pdf document)
? If you have questions about the Annual Dinner, please contact Nancy at
— Doug Lithgow, Programs Chair
updated Feb. 3, 2016



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