Please join professional photographer and local bird enthusiast, John Hickok, when he presents recent photos of birds from Texas, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada, perhaps even a treat from Australia, or Colombia. From Snowy Owls to Roseate Spoonbills, including intimate experiences with American Kestrels and Barn Owls that he has built nesting boxes for in Larkin Valley. Special guest Lisa Fay Larson from the Santa Cruz Bird Club will be on hand to play for us recordings of some of the birds.
From 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA, 95076.
Admission is free, but seating is limited so please reserve a seat.
John Hickok is a retired school teacher from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District having taught at HA Hyde bilingual elementary, Aptos Jr. High, and Pacific Coast Charter School. He has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Santa Cruz County Fair and presented in Open Show Santa Cruz. John’s art will be on exhibit August 2nd to October 4th in Watsonville at the Human Resources Department 18 W Beach Street and from October 25th to December 20th on the 5th floor of the County Government Center in Santa Cruz.
Take a look inside the life of the diminutive snowy plover, a federally protected shorebird that nests on sandy beaches from southern Washington south through Baja, including locally on Monterey Bay beaches. Join Point Blue Conservation Science Senior Ecologist Kriss Neuman as she discusses the species’ ecology, recent research findings, and conservation threats facing this fascinating but imperiled shorebird.
From 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Centerlocated at the top of Pajaro Valley High School at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA, 95076.
Admission is free, but seating is limited so please reserve a seat at watsonvillewetlandswatch.org
About Kriss Neuman: As a Senior Ecologist with the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue, Kriss Neuman leads the coastal Monterey Bay area program, which focuses on a long-term study of snowy plover reproductive success. Since 1996, Kriss has worked in close partnership with coastal land owners, resource managers, and decision makers to develop collaborative, science-based conservation strategies to protect and sustain the regional plover population and to enhance beach and dune habitats. Other projects Kriss has managed have included a study of the effects of human disturbance on shorebirds on sandy beaches at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, and a study of the effects of beach morphology on the distribution of shorebirds in Monterey Bay. In addition to focused work on ecology and management of shorebirds on sandy beaches, Kriss works to ensure that climate-smart principles are incorporated into conservation strategies for beach and dune ecosystems, and that key ecological values also inform climate adaptation strategies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 1993 and Master of Science in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University in 2003, where her thesis work focused on the effect of predator management on reproductive success of snowy plovers.