Redwood Region Audubon Society Annual Banquet & Silent Auction

This year’s Annual Banquet and Silent Auction will feature a presentation entitled “Reflections From the Field, or How the Hobby of Birding has Changed Over the Past Forty Years” with Dr. Thomas Schulenberg, Research Associate with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Schulenberg describes himself and his work this way, “I’ve been a birder since childhood and I’ve been lucky enough to have conducted field research on birds on three continents. This may have advanced science in some small ways, but it definitely made large contributions to my store of birding adventures. My experiences in South America in particular enabled me to contribute to the field guide to the Birds of Peru, Princeton 2007. I have bounced around a bit, with stints in Humboldt, California, where I graduated with a degree in biology, Baton Rouge, where I attended Louisiana State University where I first had the opportunity to visit South America. I later moved north to Chicago (University of Chicago and Field Museum of Natural History), from which base I worked in South America and Madagascar. Presently I am at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, where I manage the taxonomy and nomenclature for all projects at the Lab, including e-Bird (i.e., your life-lists are in my hands), and I am part of a team that produces comprehensive accounts on the biology for every bird species (the new Birds of the World website).” The banquet will be held at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 13th and D Streets in Arcata. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Dr. Schulenberg’s program right after dinner. A delicious gourmet menu including meat and veggie options will be catered by Gary Friedrichsen. Ticket price is $35.00 until February 23. After that the price will be $50.00. To make reservations, send a check made out to RRAS to P.O. Box 1054, Eureka, CA 95502, email gary@jacobycreek.net with ‘Banquet’ in the subject line, or call 707-496-6581. The last day to make reservations is February 27. If you have items you would like to donate to the silent auction, including books, paintings, collector items, etc., please call Hal Genger at 707-499-0887 or email hal.genger@humboldt.edu.