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Upcoming Eastern Sierra Audubon Programs

When: Normally on the FIRST Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) of October, December, February, and April; 7:00 PM (see Events Calendar) and sometimes additional months.
Where: Venues vary - in the past we've held programs at the White Mountain Research Center, Owens Valley Station (4 mi. East of Bishop on East Line St., see Map, or the USFS/BLM Office Meeting Room in Bishop (see Map) - See program details for information and updates.

Evening programs will be preceded by (1) announcements of interest to the membership, and (2) sharing of recent bird sightings and other news on the local natural history scene. Check back here or local news media for possible changes. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, with Ed Pandolfino

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the BLM Conference room in Bishop
Book-signing following the presentation

Join Eastern Sierra Audubon in welcoming Ed Pandolfino, co-author of Birds of the Sierra Nevada, for our October general meeting and evening program!

Ed will take us on a virtual trip across the range from the oak savanna in the west, through serene conifer forests of the west side, up into the majestic alpine regions, and down the steep eastern escarpment to the pinyon/juniper woodlands and open steppes of the Great Basin. Along the way we'll see and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home. We'll learn about how they use the various habitats in the Sierra and about which birds are in decline and which are expanding and increasing. We'll also address some mysteries surrounding some of those species and discuss how visitors to the Sierra can help to solve them.

Ed Pandolfino is former President of Western Field Ornithologists, a Regional Editor for Northern California for North American Birds, and has published dozens of articles on status and distribution of western birds. He co-authored, with Ted Beedy, Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution, illustrated by Keith Hansen and published by U.C. Press in May 2013.

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, cover

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, Cover

Ed spent most of his early life on the move, living in many different states and countries and attending 13 different schools between first grade and high school. His first exposure to the Sierra came as a teenager, hunting, fishing, and backpacking, but somehow remaining essentially unaware of the birds. After a checkered and inconsistent college experience that included dropping-out and touring Europe as a drummer for a Rock & Roll band, Ed finally settled down and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Washington State University. He spent over twenty years working in various management positions in the medical device industry.

After an eyeball-to-eyeball encounter with a Spotted Towhee (then Rufous-sided Towhee), Ed's relationship with birds transformed instantaneously from oblivious to obsessed. Since retiring in 1999 he has devoted his life to birds, working on habitat conservation and avian research. In addition to co-authoring Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution, Ed is former president of Western Field Ornithologists and is one of the Regional Editors for North American Birds for Northern California. In the past several years, he has rediscovered his "inner scientist," and has published dozens of papers on status and distribution of western birds. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, writer Kathleen Lynch.

For more information contact Jenny Richardson (email or call 760-920-8541. Also, check back for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

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Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

If you have any questions or are interested in presenting a program, please contact our programs coordinator, Jenny Richardson, at:; 760-920-8541.

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