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Mea Culpa on our 1st zoom meeting

October 7, 2020

Mea Culpa to people trying to attend our first zoom meeting.

Being new to zoom meetings, we had a few technical problems, which we hope have now been resolved and won’t happen on November 10.

Simply put, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz (our presenter) became host rather than co-host, which meant Adrian couldn’t open the waiting room or see that there were people waiting to join in.

You can watch Benny’s complete program on You Tube: 

For our next program (November 10 – Seaweed Faceoff! Devil Weed Vs. Giant Kelp) please try to log in a few minutes before the scheduled meeting time if possible.  If you haven’t used Zoom before, allow extra time (at least 1-2 minutes) for the app to download (this app is not the full program, just access to this meeting).

Participants pictures and voices will be inactivated. 

Questions can be asked using the type-in chat function –  which is either its own icon or located within the three dots (called more), depending on your viewing device.

Questions will be answered at the end of the presentation.

Thank you to all who tried to attend and those that did attend.

Again we apologize and plan to do better next time.

Lillian          &          Adrian
Programs                 Host

  1. Edna Alvarez permalink
    October 8, 2020 4:25 pm

    Thank you. Curious as to why not allowing video. Just curious. Most groups do but mute sound. I am sure you have a reason but not sure what it is.

    Thank you.




    • Chukar permalink*
      October 10, 2020 1:03 pm

      Assuming that “video” means being able to see your face and the faces of other watchers, this is a presentation, not a meeting or a chat. All presentations of this sort I’ve seen – save one – did not show viewers faces and muted all voices except the speaker and – when necessary – the host. Having a couple of dozen little pictures of people sitting and staring at their screens and perhaps doing other things that none of us really want to see would be very distracting and leave no room for the presenter or their show. We will also adjust the chat message feature so it doesn’t go “ping” every time someone puts in a question, which we find an annoying distraction. Questions will be read and answered at the end.

      Check out the videos from LA Birders (google it). They now have maybe six and they’re quite watchable. And no little pictures of viewers.


  2. ednalvarez permalink
    October 7, 2020 12:04 pm

    Thank you. Very pleased to learn that it is available on YouTube. Will forward it to others who were also ‘locked out’. Appreciate it! Will watch.


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