FR37 Opening Lectures | 2017
Time - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): Noah Strycker, California Native Plant Society
This event is included in the Basic Registration fee and open to all. This year’s Spotlight Organization is North Coast Chapter California Native Plant Society.
The Humboldt County Bird of the Year Awards will take place after the mayor welcome and before the CNPS talk.
Greg O’Connell and Michael Kauffmann with North Coast Chapter CNPS:
The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is one of 34 regional chapters in California totaling nearly 10,000 members state-wide. CNPS is a non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. Since 1965, CNPS has actively promoted the use of science in land use and management while advocating for well-informed and environmentally friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices. The North Coast CNPS Chapter hosts frequent outings, presentations, and workshops in addition to our Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. We are also currently working on conservation projects including the restoration of the Big Lagoon bog, the Stagecoach Hill azalea population, and monitoring of rare plant populations such as the two-flowered pea. Please join us for a brief presentation at Godwit Day’s Friday night opening reception and the native plant walk scheduled for Saturday 12:30 – 3:30p.m. More information about the North Coast CNPS chapter is available at northcoastcnps.org.
Noah Strycker, 2015 Global Big Day record holder:
BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN EPIC WORLD BIG YEAR
In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog, and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will give you a real appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.