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February 2015

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink 2015

February 28 - May 23

Experience “FLOCK: Birds on the Brink” – In addition to the breathtaking gardens of Lotusland, visitors will see a contemporary art exhibition inspired by an environmental imperative – the global loss of wild bird populations and their role as indicators of the health of our planet. More than thirty international artists transform the galleries and gardens of Lotusland to delight the senses while expanding awareness of the crucial interplay between birds and plants which enables species diversity for environmental sustainability. Exhibition…

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March 2015

John Marzluff – Welcome to Subirdia

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Noted international bird expert John Marzluff, a Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, is the author of Welcome to Subirdia. Join us for his fascinating lecture about the lives and habitats of birds and learn the steps we can take to protect this vital ecosystem. The garden opens at 2:30 so you have time to explore the garden and see the FLOCK: Birds on the Brink exhibition prior to the 4:00 PM presentation. Call 805.969.9990 for a…

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Paulo Valerio – Birding “Hot Spots” of Costa Rica

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Birding and natural history specialist Paulo Valerio’s fascinating presentation is rich with his experiences and photography of the spectacular avian species in his native Costa Rica. Involved with ecotourism since 1992, Paulo has worked as a naturalist guide, birding guide and field instructor, and developed and directed field study programs for the National Learning Institute (INA) in Costa Rica and universities in the US. He has taught numerous tropical ecology courses and workshops throughout the Americas. Costa Rica is a…

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Scott Weidensaul – Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Naturalist Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A dynamic internationally recognized speaker, he shares his experiences, research and vast knowledge of bird migration. Book signing follows presentation. The garden opens at 2:30 so you have time to explore the garden and see the FLOCK: Birds on the Brink exhibition prior to the 4:00 PM presentation. Members $60; nonmembers $70. Call 805.969.9990 to register.…

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April 2015

Linnea S. Hall and René Corado

April 11 @ 2:30 am - 4:00 pm

Linnea S. Hall, Executive Director at Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ), and René Corado, Collections Manager, share their passion and knowledge about bird conservation and habitat. The garden opens at 1:00 so you have time to explore the garden and see the FLOCK: Birds on the Brink exhibition prior to the 2:30 PM presentation. Book signing follows presentation. Members $60; nonmembers $70. Call 805.969.9990 for reservations.   More information about the WFVZ.

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Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology Private Tour

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology Private Tour. An exclusive private tour of one of the world’s largest collections of bird eggs and bird nests. The collections comprise 200,000 sets of bird eggs representing 4,000 species; 20,000 nests; and 56,000 bird study skins. Bus departs Lotusland Visitor Center at 9:00 AM and arrives in Camarillo at 10 AM. Bus departs Camarillo at Noon. Members $65; nonmembers $75. Call 805.969.9990 for reservations. More information on WFVZ

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Birders Travelogue of Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador

April 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Jeff Chemnick and Satie Airamé Birders Travelogue of Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador. Join Santa Barbara bird and botanical enthusiasts Jeff and Satie for an exciting photographic birder’s tour of Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador. The garden opens at 2:00 so you have time to explore the garden and see the FLOCK: Birds on the Brink exhibition prior to the 3:30 PM presentation. Reception to follow presentation. Members $60; nonmembers $70. Call 805.969.9990 for reservations.

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May 2015

International Migratory Bird Day

May 9 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

International Migratory Bird Day. Enjoy a day-long Lotusland celebration of birds with noted author Joan Lentz, award winning photojournalist Greg Homel and Lotusland plant health coordinator Corey Welles. Corey’s “The Rich Bird Habitat of Lotusland,” Greg’s stories and images from his travels in search of birds to the four corners of the world and Joan’s unmatched local avian knowledge all combine for an exceptional day in the garden. The garden opens at 8:30 AM so you have time to explore the garden and see the FLOCK: Birds on the…

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