Tree swallows

2020 – 2021 ASC Speakers

September Meeting

September 16, 2021 – 7:00 PM

Speakers will be announced in August


Past Video Presentations

The ASC Board has decided not to continue linking to recorded monthly presentations for the past year. Former ASC Vice President Mark Baldwin has recordings of the 2020/2021 speakers, but we are unable to archive them on our website. Contact Mark for more information.

May 2021

At the beginning of March 2020, ASC members Mark, Carla, Matt, and Sue embarked on a Kenya safari in March 2020, which was led by Chege Wa Kariuki, owner of Birdwatching East Africa and an expert in the flora and fauna of the region. From the first day of the tour, they were overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity of animals in this East African country, which straddles the equator between Ethiopia and Tanzania. They photographed 44 species of mammals and nearly 300 new species of birds. These included bustards, hornbills, bee-eaters, sunbirds, and weavers, which belong to families unrepresented on this side of the Atlantic. As their tour progressed, the COVID-19 outbreak developed into a pandemic, forcing a premature end to the safari and a harrowing rush to return home before all airports closed.


Saddle-billed Stork
Saddle-billed Storks are found in sub-Saharan Africa. They hunt catfish and other prey in rivers and wetlands.
Mt. Kilimanjaro and elephant herd
Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is an awesome backdrop above the grazing elephants in Kenya.

April 2021

USGS Biogeochemist Steve Perakis presented a friendly talk about very important, complex processes that work in the soil – hidden from human eyes. His research focuses on cycling of life-sustaining elements (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.) in ecosystems – especially in forests. Natural and human factors, such as fire, disturbance, climate change, affect nutrient availability and soil fertility, and Steve studies how they influence plant growth, ecosystem development, and carbon storage.

red alder trees
Red alders fix nitrogen in the soil, which fertilizes plant growth. But, soil calcium appears to be depleted, which has implications for terrestrial ecosystems.

How to Connect to Video Presentations

In August 2021 the ASC Board will decide whether we will resume meeting in person or continue Zoom meetings for the 2021/2022 season. If we continue with virtual meetings, ASC members who provided their email address with their membership dues will receive a Zoom meeting invitation the day before the webinar. Members can view the presentation on their computers or phones at home. It will begin at 7:00 PM and be followed by the ASC Business Meeting when needed. Meetings are open to the general public but are space limited. If you are not a member, please contact for information about accessing the program.


2020 – 2021 Speaker Schedule

The speaker list for September 2021 – May 2022 will be posted as soon as possible. If you have questions or suggestions for future speakers, please email

A female leopard emerges from the brush in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Rollers are often found on prominent perches in open woodlands. The family is named for their fide-to-side rolling flight.

Jackson's Hornbill
Jackson’s Hornbill (Tockus jacksoni) is endemic to northwest Kenya and northeast Uganda.


Anna's hummoingbird
This Anna’s Hummingbird is displeased that the Monthly Speaker series is over for 2020/2021. Stay tuned for the 2021/2022 speaker list.