Since its founding in the wake of the Dust Bowl in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has helped conserve over 14 million acres of wetland and upland habitat across North America, including nearly 70,000 acres in Illinois. DU Regional Biologist Michael Sertle will discuss how DU became the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetland conservation organization, how it prioritizes and funds its conservation work, and current efforts in northeastern Illinois.
With a county list of over 500 species, San Diego is a spectacular place for birding any month of the year. From the interior desert of Anza Borrego to the coniferous forests of the Laguna Mountains and westward to the coastal lagoons and bays, it offers a wide variety of habitats and ecoregions.
California birder John Sterling, head of Sterling Wildlife Biology tours and a member of the record-setting Big Day team that recorded 217 species in San Diego on May 1, 2005, will give a virtual tour of the county with locations that showcase the county’s best birding spots and birds. John is also a professional ornithologist who has worked for 40 years for the Smithsonian Institution, the US Forest Service research laboratories in California, various universities, consulting firms and other groups. His birding website with his many photo galleries is www.sterlingbirds.com.
ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS
The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events.