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Program and Cancellation Announcements

September 17, 2020

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Next ZOOM meeting is Oct. 6, 7 PM:  Feathers and Flight: A Journey to the New World Tropics with Benny Isaac Jacob-Schwartz. Please sign up when you get the announcement.

UPDATE: September 19, 2020
We have a Zoom program for November 10 (second Tuesday!) and plan to fill out the program calendar through May 2021. Except for Nov. 10, all meetings are planned for the first Tuesday of these months: October, December, February – May. We have not yet planned any public field trips.

In order to help keep people safer longer from Corona virus COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2 or novel coronavirus), SMBAS has officially canceled all field trips and in-person programs. We will continue to re-evaluate the situation. When there is no longer a risk for people gathering together, we will resume our field trips and meetings.

[Chuck Almdale]


Non-SMBAS chapter content moves to new blog

September 16, 2020

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Dear SMBAS blog readers:

Blog editor Chuck Almdale (aka “Chukar”) decided after ten years that he wants to write about other, non-chapter, things. ChuckarBlog is the new forum. In addition to an archive of his old postings, it’ll have new videos, articles, links and bird photos, just like before. There’ll also be essays short and long and links to articles unrelated to SMBAS or birding, about politics, society and science. You’ll be entertained, intrigued, occasionally provoked.

SMBAS chapter content, including all prior postings of any sort, will remain on

New Blog:
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[Chuck Almdale]

Bats – Zoom Evening Meeting: Thursday, 24 September, 5 p.m.

September 16, 2020

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society
is holding a ZOOM evening meeting.
You’re all invited.


Online Presentation

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

Join Our Zoom Meeting:

Bats of the Santa Monica Mountains: Ecology, Research Methods, and Conservation.

Guest Speaker:
Joey Curti
University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday, September 24, 2020 –  5 pm

Presentation on Zoom

(If this button isn’t working for you, see detailed zoom invitation below the double lines at the bottom of this email.)

What do we know about the bats around us?

Joseph (Joey) Curti shares his wide-ranging and intimate familiarity with California bat populations – their life histories, their movements, the condition of their habitats, and how they are dealing with the challenges posed by human activity.

In addition to basic bat natural history and ecology, Joey will inform us about bat feeding ecology, bat conservation, and the methods that researchers on the forefront use in the study of these interesting animals.


About the speaker:
With a passion for conservation and the outdoors inspired by an upbringing  near Yosemite NP, Joey has worked in variety of conservation projects including native habitat restoration and removal of invasive species from Santa Monica Mountain streams. Since completing his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology, Joey has worked on bat conservation projects, including investigating the impact of pesticides on big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and radio tracking migration of California leaf-nosed bats (Macrotus californicus).

Joey also assisted the National Park Service to plan and implement the North American Bat Monitoring Protocol (NABat) and is currently in the first year of his doctoral program at UCLA where he is studying the genomic impact of restricted population size in California Red-legged Frogs (Rana draytonii) and how road traffic  barriers act to restrict gene flow in California quail (Callipepla californica).

Full Details of the Zoom Connection for this Presentation

Thursday September 24 at 5pm
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Bats of the Santa Monica Mountains

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