LA Audubon monthly meeting, 4/11/12
- Hi Birders!
You are cordially invited to attend Los Angeles Audubon Society's
monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Wednesday April 11, 2012 in Debs Park (just
off the 110 Pasadena Freeway) with free parking:
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
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Alvaro Jaramillo "How our brain identifies birds - Birding
identification like a pro"
Most bird identification lectures focus on field marks, and the
specifics of separating species A from species B. But few ask exactly
how we identify birds? What is our brain going through in order to do
this? How does our brain get tripped up during bird identification -
ever encountered the "leaf bird" the "branch bird" or the worse one of
all "the plastic bag snowy owl?"
Why do experts identify birds almost without thinking, while the rest
of us need to struggle? Are they different than the rest of us, or are
there tricks? Truth is that bird identification is pretty tricky stuff
but our brain is wired to short cut much of the thinking involved in
doing it, the trick is training yourself to do it like a pro. And that
is the aim, a lighthearted but informative explanation of how the heck
they do it.
Alvaro Jaramillo was born in Chile but began birding in Toronto,
Canada, where he lived as a youth. He was trained in ecology and
evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior. Research forays
and backpacking trips introduced Alvaro to the riches of the
Neotropics, where he has traveled extensively. He is the author of the
Birds of Chile, an authoritative yet portable field guide to Chile's
birds. Alvaro writes the Identify Yourself column in Bird Watcher's
Digest. He recently finished part of the sparrow chapter for the
Handbook of Birds of the World, and is writing a photo guide to the
birds and wildlife of Patagonia. He runs a birding and nature tour
company Alvaro's Adventures, where the focus is to have fun, learn a
thing or two and truly enjoy nature. Alvaro lives with his family in
Half Moon Bay, California.
May 9, 2012 Eddie "ET" Thomas, presents �"Bewick�s Wren: Adventures in
June 13, 2012 - Photo night
Refreshments will be served at the meeting.
See at our meeting!
Los Angeles Audubon Society Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader
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