Nature of Things Speaker Series

The Nature of Things is a science-based program for adults who want to expand their knowledge of the natural world. Most programs in the series include both a seminar and a field study, allowing participants to gain relevant background information before applying their new knowledge or skills out in the field. Our guest presenters include naturalists, rangers, photographers, authors and educators. If you have an interest in science and want to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Sacramento region, its wildlife and history, join us for... The Nature of Things!

Ages 12 to adult, unless otherwise specified in program description

Program costs vary, depending on presenter, subject and number of seminar and field studies included.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: A 10% fee will apply to refunds for a cancellation made more than 48 hours prior to the event. No refunds will be given if cancellation is 48 hours or less before the event (or post event).

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Birds of Winter

January 09, 2020

Whereas some of our birds such as swallows, flycatchers and warblers do migrate south for the winter, many more birds flock to the Sacramento region to spend the winter. Cranes, ducks, geese, gulls, raptors, shorebirds, and sparrows are just a few of the many representative groups residing here during the winter months. 

Whether you simply want to distinguish one sparrow species from another or seek greater help in learning the distinctive “churt” note of a Hermit Thrush, this course has broad appeal. Anyone who has a serious interest in birds and enjoys their presence in our lives can profit from this class.

About the Speaker:

Ed Harper is a retired mathematics professor from American River College in Sacramento. His interest in birds began during his early childhood while growing up in Montana. An excellent birder and photographer, he has traveled to every continent. He has photographed over 800 species of birds in North America and many more elsewhere. His exquisite photographs have appeared in many books and publications. Actively involved in birding, he is a past member of the Board for the Western Field Ornithologists as well as a past president of Sacramento Audubon Society.

An annual speaker at California’s Central Valley Birding Symposium, his lively and informative talks are in high demand from many birding festivals, community groups, and Audubon societies. Ed first started leading bird tours for Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1980. Presently, he leads many tours with his wife, Susan Scott, a biologist who teaches at Sacramento’s Cosumnes River College. Their company, Sandpiper Journeys, specializes in small groups with some of their favorite destinations being Montana and East Africa.

Lectures: 7:00pm-8:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Thursday,     January  9
Wednesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 29 

Field Studies

Saturday, January 11
at Ancil Hoffman Park

Saturday, January 25
at Linden Raptor Route, Linden in San Joaquin Co.

Saturday, February 1
Yolo Basin Wetlands
Off I-80, Yolo Bypass


Lecture & Field Study
General $135
Nature Center Member $115

Lecture Only
General $70
Nature Center Member $60

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