3:00pm Special Closing Keynote Speaker: Gary Ivey, M.S.

Gary Ivey has worked with wildlife for over 35 years, concentrating his work on waterbirds, waterfowl and wetland conservation. He currently serves and President of The Trumpeter Swan Society and is leading efforts to restore breeding Trumpeter Swans to Oregon. He also works part-time for the International Crane Foundation, focusing his work on Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway. He worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System for over 20 years, 5 years at Californian refuges and 15 years at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Also he is currently working on a PhD at Oregon State University.

Gary will speak primarily about the two swan species native to North America and discuss their origins, migration routes, habitat needs, and conservation issues. He will also describe the history of swan populationsand recent efforts to rebuild populations of Trumpeter Swans in the western U.S.

10:00am "Secrets of the Sutter Buttes" with Mike Hubbartt

Mike Hubbartt, Sutter Buttes Arm Chair, Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust

Here's an opportunity for glimpses into the mysterious Sutter Buttes. Travel through the Buttes without ever leaving your chair as you enjoy this fascinating slide presentation on the many facets and wonders of the remarkable landscape that makes up the Sutter Buttes.

*Note, this is a seated tour conducted by the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust and requires a registration fee.  Registration for adults is $8 per person, and Youth $5.  To register for this event please click here:

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11:00am Steven Dambeck - Appreciating Extra Virgian Olive Oil - Pre Field Trip

Steven Dambeck, Appreciating Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steven will provide some background on the history, geography and technology of olive oil production, and then guide you through a tasting of various olive oils. By the time you leave, you will understand what “extra virgin” means and how to recognize it -- and your palate will be prepared to taste some of the exceptional Yuba-Sutter olive oils available for sampling in the main exhibition hall.

Steven Dambeck has been involved in olive production in Greece, Italy, Spain and France and was a pioneer in the California olive oil industry, both in the field and in the mill. He has been sharing his knowledge of – and love for-- olive oil for the past 15 years.

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9:00am Dan Brown, Nature and Wildlife Photography

Join professional photographer Dan Brown for a fast-paced introduction to nature and wildlife photography! He’ll share some “tricks-of-the-trade” with you regarding equipment and techniques, from macro to telephoto. Dan will present a whirlwind slide show of his work and discuss the techniques and equipment used to create the images. Much emphasis will be placed on the “ethical” considerations of wildlife photography, as well as “getting to know” your subjects and their behavior. Following the slide show, there will be some time for questions and discussion. Dan will also have some specialty equipment displayed for you to see and investigate, including photography blinds, camera supports, flash projection setups, remote triggering devices, macro flash brackets, and more. You can try out some of the techniques you learn at this presentation if you sign-up for Dan's photography field trip offered Saturday afternoon from 2:00pm-5:30pm.

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Dan is a native to Sacramento, California. He became interested in photography shortly after he started birding back in 1980.  He has followed bird photography from the film days right into the current digital world. He has a number of photo credits including Birder's World, Nevada Magazine, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Turkey Call Magazine. His images have been used in a number of educational collections, too. The photo credit that he is most proud of is having three avian images published in Time Magazine back in 1986! You can see more of Dan’s work at where he keeps up his portfolio and on Facebook at

3:00pm Ted Beedy & Ed Pandolfino, Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Ted & Ed will take you on a virtual transect of 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 which birds are in decline and which are expanding and increasing. We'll address some mysteries surrounding some of those species and discuss how birders can help to solve them.

Ed Pandolfino is President of Western Field Ornithologists, a Regional Editor for Northern California for the North American Birds, and has published more than two dozen 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.

11:00am Michael Starkey, “The Amphibian Extinction Crisis: Current threats facing amphibian populations, and what you can do about it!”

Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate and nearly one-third of the world's amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979. This is not normal! Why is this happening? What is causing this Amphibian Extinction Crisis? How can you help? SAVE THE FROGS’ Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey answers these questions by explaining what is causing the Amphibian Extinction Crisis and informs the audience about how we as a society can help out amphibians around the globe. Founded in 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! is America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey’s photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Michael Starkey serves as Chairman of the SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee

In this position, he rallies together scientists, volunteers, and others in order to help broaden SAVE THE FROGS’ mission of conservation. Mr. Starkey regularly gives lectures on amphibian conservation at universities, schools, and to public interest groups. Mr. Starkey has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish & Game. He has worked with a wide diversity of California wildlife, including California Tiger Salamanders, San Francisco Garter Snakes, Giant Garter Snakes, bats, and ringtails. He has also worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neo-tropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum. After witnessing the result of widespread extinction of amphibians in the Panamanian rainforest, Mr. Starkey became dedicated to conserving amphibian species around the world. Mr. Starkey began working with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2010 to inform the public about the threats facing amphibians and to help nurture a society that respects and cherishes all forms of wildlife. He has given presentations on frog conservation in the USA, Canada, Germany, Ghana and Belize

1:00pm Wild Things , North American Wildlife Presentation

Join Gabe Kerschner and Wild Things with some of their special animals for a fun and educational program. Gabe will take us on a journey through the wilderness of North America showing us many amazing live animals of North America. Watch in wonder as we present the animals that inhabit this rugged country.

2:00pm Karen Kovacs, California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife – First Grey Wolf in California since 1924 Grey – Wolf OR-7

Hear the story of Grey Wolf OR-7 the first Grey Wolf to enter California Since 1924. On Dec. 28, 2011 a 2 ½-year-old, male gray wolf entered California after traveling from northeast Oregon. Historically, wolves inhabited California, but were extirpated. CDFW wildlife managers anticipated that wolves would eventually enter California, and have been preparing for it.

Karen Kovacs is a Wildlife Program Manager with the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

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2:00pm Paul Tebbel, The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes

Big, noisy and easily identified, Sandhill Cranes are popular birds with the public and create a substantial amount of interest every winter when they can be seen in the fields south of Sacramento. Their size and habit of using open fields makes them the perfect species for observing bird behavior.

Join crane biologist Paul Tebbel for a presentation on the vocal and body language cranes use to communicate with one another. You’ll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate the behavior of Sandhill Cranes and many other birds. You’ll also learn about the threats to cranes and other wintering species as more farm land is converted to housing, vineyards or other uses not compatible with birds.

Paul Tebbel has been working with cranes both professionally and as his personal passion since 1975. From 1995 to 2006, Paul was the manager of Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River where nearly 60,000 cranes roost every night during their spring migration. Paul has given presentations on cranes to audiences in Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico and California. His current job is Executive Director of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on the Lower American River in Carmichael, California.

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3:00pm Julie Serences, Audubon at Home

The Audubon at Home program encourages individual conservation action that can sustain birds, other wildlife, and healthy habitats in our yards and neighborhoods. A healthy yard is not really a "yard" at all - it is also habitat and a sanctuary for wildlife. Learn how to be a responsible caretaker of your piece of the earth with easy ways to increasing biodiversity while also adding entertainment to your home outdoor experiences. Speaker Julie Serences is sponsored by the Sacramento Audubon Society and Xerces Society. She is well known for her presentations on birds, native bees, and backyard habitat.

Julie Serences is a professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience teaching learners from pre-school to adult. She has given presentations to many diverse groups from the Cal EPA, to Master Gardeners, to local gardening clubs, to the Lodi Crane Festival. Her workshops for the last eight years have focused on teaching people to be land stewards of their own outdoor spaces by increasing the biodiversity of their landscapes. Her talks are well received and endorsed by the Sacramento Audubon Society, Xerces Society, California Native Plant Society - Sacramento Valley Chapter, and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. She is currently on the Xerces staff as a volunteer consultant for Pollinator Conservation.

4:00pm David Wyatt, Natural History of Ringtails in the Sutter Buttes, Chair of Biology, Sacramento City College

Very few people have heard about, let alone have seen, a ringtail in the wild. This elusive and charismatic relative of raccoons can be found in the southwestern portion of North America, including California. The Sutter Buttes are a small, volcanic mountain range just to the west of Yuba City and Marysville and has the unique characteristic of having the densest known population of ringtails. Come find out more about the natural history of this remarkable mammal as wildlife biologist David Wyatt presents results of three years of studies on ringtails in the Sutter Buttes and shares photographs of this beautiful mammal.

David Wyatt is a professor of Biology at Sacramento City College since 1998 and teaches in the Field Ecology program. Prior to teaching, he was a biologist for a decade with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Caltrans. His first face-to-face encounter with a ringtail was initiated by Dr. Gene Trapp from CSU Sacramento in 1985 and David has been working with ringtails ever since! Most of his work has been here in California along the Feather River and at the Sutter Buttes. Recent studies have involved determinations of their home ranges and habitat use as well as food habits to get a better glimpse into ringtail life histories. "It seems like every time we get a piece of that ringtail puzzle put together, it brings up a whole new set of questions to answer...that process of discovery is thrilling and oh-so-very-much fun!"

To find out more about David click on the image of him below:

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10:00am Karl Kerster, Falconry Flights

Watch master falconer Karl Kerster fly his highly trained falcons, and learn how falconry is used as a “green” alternative to managing starling populations and other invasive non-native birds.

Karl Kerster is a master falconer with decades of experience.

1:00pm Corky Quirk of Nor-Cal Bats, Natural History of Bats

Learn about natural history of the Mexican free-tailed bats, their importance as insect control, and the harmful myths that surround these animals. Learn about these fascinating flying mammals, the myths that surround them, and meet live bats native to California. Be amazed by their size and the many special characteristics that allow bats to be such an essential part of the environment. It includes a short but informative and entertaining video, and the opportunities to view live bats of California. There’s time for questions and comments too.

Presented by Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats, an organization that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of bats in Northern California.


11:00am Ed Harper, Birds of the Central Valley

Sit back and watch as Ed take us on a photographic journey to catch a glimpse of the avian world of the Central Valley. Ed Harper is one of the finest birders and bird photographers in the country. His programs are always highly informative and full of humor. An educator at heart, though retired as a math teacher from American River College in Sacramento, he still teaches his birding classes. He now spends almost every free moment in the field and leads wildlife tours all over of the world with his wife Susan

Ed Harper's interest in birds goes back to his early childhood when he was growing up in Montana. It was there his interest and love of natural history blossomed. Always a teacher at heart, Ed taught mathematics at American River College for 33 years until his retirement. With his passion for birding, Ed has also taught a variety of classes in field ornithology for the ARC Extension. He designed and taught many popular classes including bird song, migration, introduction to the birds of the Sacramento area, and various classes on field identification for birds of prey, shorebirds, and gulls. He is a popular and frequent speaker at many birding festivals and conferences.

Ed Harper has traveled to all the continents in search of birds. An avid photographer, he has photographed over 2000 species of birds. Some of his photos are found in books and periodicals whereas other images highlight talks and slide lectures. In North America alone, he has photographed over 750 species of birds. Starting out as a tour leader for the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1981, Ed now operates Sandpiper Journeys with his wife, Susan Scott. Together they have conducted many birding and natural history tours throughout the world.

11:00am Lauren Richie – The Grey Wolf recovery, California Wolf Center

After being extirpated across the lower 48 states, gray wolves are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest. In December 2011, a male wolf dubbed “OR-7” crossed into California, marking the first documented wolf in the state in nearly 90 years. Although OR-7 has not consistently remained in California, his foray into our state is likely the first of more to come. This presentation will explore wolf ecology, the history and current status of wolf recovery, and what the California Wolf Center is doing to help wolves return to the wild lands they once roamed.

Lauren Richie is Associate Director of Northern California for the California Wolf Center and works to pave the way for wolf recovery in California. A conservation biologist, Lauren previously worked to resolve human-wildlife conflicts for Defenders of Wildlife and holds degrees in biology and environmental management.

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