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photo by Dan Trinidad
photo by G. McCausland
photo by Dan Trinidad
Over 175 people attended our 2017 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. Floral centerpieces graced each table, making the room look inviting and festive.

2018 Annual Dinner
Saturday evening, March 17th, 2018
at the Mile Square Park Banquet Center
Guest Speaker: Alvaro Jaramillo

The Sea & Sage Annual Dinner will again be held at the Mile Square Park Banquet Center. This year we are having our dinner on a Saturday evening instead of the usual Friday. Our speaker, Alvaro Jaramillo, is an entertaining speaker and knowledgeable birder who has been the keynote speaker for many birding festivals.  This is the way he describes his program:  “How do expert birders identify birds so quickly? Ever seen the stick bird, a stick that you are confident looks like a bird. Sometimes, you even identify it to subspecies? Or the leaf bird? The birder brain does some weird stuff. In trying to understand how people learn birds, I have been led down all sorts of interesting paths, from psychology to neurobiology. What happens when we try to identify a bird is actually very complicated, and it differs if you are learning or new at birding, in contrast to someone who has been doing it for years. I will give you the background of how it appears that our brains identify a bird, and then what to do to make it come easier to you. Another facet that came through in my journey to understand birder brains, is that we are also getting a healthy dose of medicine when we are birding. It is healthy to be outside birding, and now science is starting to show that this is true and why. The end result of my foray into understanding birders is that I am convinced that everyone should become a birder, or at least a nature enthusiast. Come on out and learn a bit about why birding is the best, and how birders are actually mental athletes, doing some pretty amazing things. “

The evening will also include a silent auction and the presentation of our chapter's Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award and Letters of Commendation. 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. Below is the schedule for the evening:

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: $50 per person for reservations received before March 1st; $55 per person for reservations received on or after March 1st.

Entrees: Lemon Chicken, Seared Salmon Filet, or Vegetarian Lasagna
All dinners will include a salad, fresh vegetables, freshly baked rolls, coffee, tea, decaf, and dessert.


Detailed Information on the menu will be announced later.

RESERVATIONS are now open. 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 12 noon on Friday, March 9th.
RESERVATION FORM (a pdf document)
? If you have questions about the Annual Dinner, please contact Nancy at
— Gail Richards, Programs Chair
updated February 7, 2018



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