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Important birds of ancient Lake Cahuilla and the Salton Sea, with Kurt Leuschner. Zoom Evening Meeting reminder, Tuesday, 1 February, 7:30 p.m.

February 1, 2022

You are all invited to the next ZOOM meeting
of Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society

Kurt at Salton Sea January 2022
On February 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm, Join the Zoom Presentation by CLICKING HERE

Important Birds of Ancient Lake Cahuilla and the Salton Sea, with Kurt Leuschner.
Zoom Evening Meeting, Tuesday, 1 February, 7:30 p.m.

Before the Salton Sea, there was Ancient Lake Cahuilla. Only hundreds of years ago this giant freshwater lake filled the entire Salton Sink and most of the Coachella Valley. Birds and people depended on this body of water just like they do today. In this program you’ll learn about the special birds associated with this lake that was six times bigger than today’s Salton Sea”. You’ll also receive an update on the current situation at the Salton Sea and the “10 year plan” to keep it going.

Salton Sea (Ray Juncosa)

Kurt Leuschner is a Professor of Natural Resources at College of the Desert where he teaches courses on Conservation, Entomology, Field Ornithology, Native Plants, and GPS Navigation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. Kurt has led numerous field trips both locally and as far afield as Africa, New Zealand, and the Galapagos.  He is the founder of the Desert Cities Bird Club, on the Board of Directors of Western Field Ornithologists, and is past President of the Natural Science Collaborative. He has studied sound recordings of the various subspecies of North American Scrub-Jays.  In 2009 Kurt finished the Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail map, a two-year project, which details the ten best birding and hiking locations in and around the Coachella Valley. Kurt also teaches weekend courses and workshops on birdwatching, insects, GPS, and backyard habitats for UCR Extension, the Desert Institute, the Desert Studies Center, and the Living Desert. He also teaches natural history courses for the Bureau of Land Management, UCR Extension, the Desert Institute, California State Parks, Riverside County Parks, and many other conservation organizations.

On February 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm, Join the Zoom Presentation by CLICKING HERE
A curfew of Long-billed Curlews (Ray Juncosa)

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Find the Neotropic Cormorant (Ray Juncosa)
  1. Elaine Brix permalink
    February 1, 2022 10:13 pm

    Just saw this amazing and delightful presentation of an area my daughter and I are very interested in. Unfortunately she missed it, and I was wondering if there is a way to access a link to rewatch this wonderful show by Kurt?! Thank you.
    Elaine Brix


    • Chukar permalink*
      February 2, 2022 4:15 pm

      We intended to record this program but something went awry and the recording was not made.


  2. Elaine Brix permalink
    February 1, 2022 10:06 pm

    Absolutely mesmerizing presentation by Kurt of so many bird species visiting the Salton Sea! Blue-footed booby!! Roseate spoonbill!! Slightly humorous birds for me. THANK YOU!


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