Guest Speakers

General Meeting Information

Our monthly meeting begins at 7:00 PM on the third Monday of the month (except for the months of June, July, August and December) at the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa.

The First United Methodist Church is on Montgomery Drive about one-half mile west of Montgomery Village between California Avenue and Talbot Avenue, and just two blocks east of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Parking is available on Montgomery Drive.

As always, the public is invited to these free programs.

Currently scheduled upcoming guest speakers are listed here by date in ascending order (i.e., soonest first)


Kaua’i, the 5.1 Million Year Experiment: ‘The bird not found, and why Kaua’i, the 5.1 Million Year Experiment: ‘The bird not found, and why
Location: First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa, CA
Guest Speaker(s): Gordon Beebe
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description: When Gordon Beebe traveled to Kaua’i in 2016, there was a species of bird he was particularly looking forward to seeing, the I’iwi. The fact that he didn’t find it led him to research why not. The reason, he learned, is complex, best explained by examining the entire history of the island. The presentation begins with the volcanic birth of Kaua’i, the subsequent arrival of the first plant and animal species, and their adaptation to the new environment. It then continues with the arrival of the first humans from Polynesia, the subsequent arrival of Europeans and others, their manipulation of the environment, introduction of foreign animals and diseases, and the effects of all of these changes on native species. Native and introduced species of birds, other animals, plants and scenic views are showcased in photos, audio and video. Graphics and animations are included, illustrating significant events in the history of Kaua’i. The presentation concludes by highlighting the efforts of many local and international groups to preserve and protect the native species and habitats on this fragile island paradise. Gordon Beebe is past president of the Madrone Audubon Society and the current website editor. Gordon generously shares his bird expertise on MAS-sponsored Saturday bird walks and has been a key observer and coordinator for the second Madrone Breeding Bird Atlas of Sonoma County.

South African Dream Safari (or how I fell in love with Hyenas) South African Dream Safari (or how I fell in love with Hyenas)
Location: First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa, CA
Guest Speaker(s): Ruthie Rudesill, President of Redwood Region Ornithological Society
Host: Madrone Audubon Society
Start Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description: There is nowhere on Earth with more large animal wildlife diversity than Africa, including many bird species that are easily observed.  Ruthie will be sharing pictures and videos from her July 2016 dream trip to north-eastern South Africa. Ruthie explored Kruger National Park, one of the biggest in the world, with good luck and looks at many species.  Fabulous owls.  Nile Crocodiles and Hippos on a golf course?  Bats in the rafters?  Hyenas eating the truck?  Will share these adventures and many more. She also explored the Indian Ocean coastal estuaries at Pt Lucia.  A close encounter of the elephant kind in Mkuze Park.  Away from the tourists, she explored the Midlands and Wakkerstrom areas higher in elevation near the Drakensberg Mountains, plus the amazing Dlinza Forest. Ruthie will also discuss cultural, social and historical aspects of South Africa. Ruthie Rudesill is the President of the Redwood Regional Ornithological Society. She has a Wildlife degree from Humboldt State University. She has led and participated in many Christmas counts, surveys and field trips for thirty years.  Ruthie maintains the records for rare birds in Sonoma County and sends quarterly reports to North American Birds (part of the American Birding Association).

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