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

Summer Barbecue

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 (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)
  * evening bird walks around the marsh after dinner (6:30 - 7:50 pm)
  * a great program on "California Condors" by Martin Fletcher & Katie Chaplin (starts at 8:15 pm)
  * after the program, we'll have guided night walks in the marsh
Our evening program will be presented by Martin Fletcher and Katie Chaplin from Friends of the CA Condor Wild & Free. Their presentation will provide a summary of the California Condor Recovery program here in Southern California. They will be taking us to the skies and nests of the CA Condor and will discuss the CA Condor range using GPS and telemetry that allows us to see condor travel patterns. Ms Chaplin was instrumental in setting up the cameras in the condor nests and the video networks. She has wide-ranging experience with health checks, nest entries and tagging — and even spent a night in a condor nest while a chick was given emergency surgery.

In 1987, condors were on the verge of extinction, only 27 alive, as the last free flying condor was taken from the wild. With the help of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the CA Condor Recovery Program, the condors were returned to their natural habitat beginning in 1992. The greatest threat to the California Condors in the wild is lead. The primary source is from lead fragments that the Califonria Condors eat along with the animals shot within their feeding range.

For information on the organization (Friends of the CA Condor Wild & Free), check these web links: www.friendsofcondors.org
- and - www.facebook.com/friendsofcondors

For additional informa
tion on the California Condor, visit the live Condor nestcam at the Cornell website.
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 the night experience at the Sanctuary (sounds and scents). Sign up sheets for the Night WildlifeWalks after the program will be at the Welcome Table. Get there early to sign up if you want to go on one of these Walks because each walk will be limited to 20 persons.
BBQ Flyer & Reservation form (print out a copy, fill it out & mail it in, or deliver it to Audubon House.)
Information about our speaker and his program soon.
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 contact Gail Richards or Nancy Kenyon (BBQ Volunteer Coordinators) to let them know how you want to help.
Gail Richards at (714) 267-2420;   Nancy Kenyon at (949) 786-3160;
BBQ Volunteers - Please sign up to help!
Questions about the BBQ?
Contact Gail Richards, BBQ Coordinator at

updated 7/27,16

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