Immature male Brambling by Curtis Marantz

A Very Big California Year

Thursday, July 21 in San Francisco

Curtis Marantz spent 2014 crisscrossing California in an attempt to find as many species as possible during a one-year period. He ultimately found 485 – including every species that now breeds regularly in the state – and broke the previous record of 481 set in 1996 by Vernon Howe. Curtis will give an overview of how he set this new record, including stories about the birds seen (or missed!) while driving 40,000 miles in a single year. He’ll show photos of the more unusual species.

Curtis Marantz received an M.S. in biology from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. His research examined vocal variation and systematics in groups of woodcreepers, a passerine family that occurs exclusively in the Neotropics. For his fieldwork Marantz spent extended periods of time making audio recordings of woodcreepers and other birds in the forests of Brazil and Venezuela. He is now a biological consultant in Riverside.

Date:   Thursday, July 21

Time:  6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. speaker

Place: First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center
           1187 Franklin Street (at Geary)

Cost: Free for GGAS members, $5 for non-members


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