Mystery Shrike by Joe Morlan

A Century of Field ID – Thursday October 15 

Our ability to identify birds by sight has grown dramatically since the early 20th century. Meanwhile, technical advances in optics and photography continue to change the way we see birds. Joe Morlan will present a history of bird identification, starting with early pioneers like Ludlow Griscom and continuing with a personal look at how birding and bird identification have changed over the decades. What will future generations think of our own conventional wisdom about bird identification and distribution?

Joe Morlan teaches ornithology at City College of San Francisco. He has been a member of the California Bird Records Committee of Western Field Ornithologists since 1981 and currently serves as committee chair. He received the American Birding Association’s prestigious Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology in 2010 and is the coauthor of two books on birds in Northern California.

Date:  Thursday October 15

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

Place: First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center, 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary) in San Francisco

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

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