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We'd like to invite you to our Annual Summer Barbecue

Summer Barbecue

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 (5:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine

See photos from past years' Summer Barbecues.

Bring the family and join us for this special occasion —
  * used nature books sale (5:00 - 7:15 pm)
  * dining in the meadow (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  * Bob Allen's new book WILDFLOWERS OF ORANGE COUNTY AND THE SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS will be on sale & both Bob and his co-author, Fred Roberts, will be on hand to autograph the books.
  * evening bird walks around the marsh after dinner (6:30 - 7:50 pm)
  * a great program on "Tropical Migration: The Neo and the Paleo" by Jon Feenstra. (starts at 8:15 pm)
  * after the program, we'll have stargazing in the meadow & and bat walks
Jon Feenstra
This year, our guest speaker for the BBQ will be Jon Feenstra who will present a program on “Tropical Migration:  The Neo and the Paleo.”  Many of you may not know Jon.  He has a Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from Cal Tech but decided to make birding his full-time passion.  He lives in Los Angeles, works as a free-lance ecological consultant and is also a senior field guide for WINGS bird touring company (the same company Jon Dunn works for).  He leads field trips for both Pasadena and LA Audubon and has led trips for us which focus on migratory shorebirds. He has a lively sense of humor and is an excellent photographer along with his many other talents.  I know his program will be an interesting one!
About Jon's program - Jon says, "Naturally, we are all familiar with our own favorite patches. We go birding in the spring and the fall and observe when various species arrive and depart. This happens all over the world as birds travel between the tropics and the temperate latitudes, breeding grounds and wintering grounds, taking advantage of the best conditions. Whether you're in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, the principles stay the same - only the birds and the scenery changes. In this presentation, we'll dabble all over with examples of what goes where: with flycatchers migrating along one side of the planet, wheatears migrating along the other side, and shorebirds everywhere."
Our menu will include chicken, barbecued hot dogs, beans, salad, chips, watermelon, cake, lemonade, and coffee.
A veggie wrap will be provided for those who specifically request it on their reservation form.
Advance reservations are essential. Parking space is limited; car pool whenever possible! (see form below). Those with e-mail will receive a note from Nancy that their reservation has been received; they will also receive information about the evening's activities. The tickets WILL NOT be mailed out ahead of time contrary to what we have done at previous barbecues. Everyone will need to pick up their ticket at the Welcome Table when they arrive. (A word of caution: don't wait until the last minute to sign up! We expect this event to sell out long before the day of the barbecue!)
Tickets for the barbecue and program are $20.00 for adults, $7.00 for children under 5; tickets for the BBQ volunteers are $15.00. Your ticket will include your meal & beverage, evening marsh walk, and program. Activities, including the used books sale, will begin at 5:00 pm, dinner will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 8:15. The first marsh walk will be from 6:30 to 7:50 to take in the sights and sounds as the marsh life settles in for the evening. The post speaker marsh walk will focus on bats and other nocturnal animals that frequent the Sanctuary at night. Sign up sheets for the Bat Walks after the program will be at the Welcome Table. Get there early to sign up if you want to go on one of the Balk Walks because each walk will be limited to 20 persons. Astronomers from the Orange County Astronomy Club will also be on hand with their telescopes set up in the meadow after the program, so cross your fingers fir a clear sky!
BBQ Flyer & Reservation form (print out a copy, fill it out & mail it in, or deliver it to Audubon House.)
This event is staffed entirely by chapter volunteers. If you can help us out in any capacity, we would really appreciate it! A copy of the BBQ Volunteers Sign-up Sheets is posted here on the website. Check out the volunteer signup sheet and then email Nancy to let her know how you want to help. For information on volunteering, contact Nancy Kenyon, BBQ Volunteers Coordinator, at (949) 786-3160 or .
BBQ Volunteers - sign up to help!
BBQ Flyer & Reservation form

updated 7/14/13

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