The Sacramento Audubon Society Board of Directors meet on the last Tuesday of each month. Please contact the President if you wish to attend - President@sacramentoAudubon.org
The minutes of past Board Meetings can be found here.
Directions: From California Avenue in Carmichael, turn into Ancil Hoffman Park on Tarshes Drive. Follow Tarshes past the entrance kiosk. At the next stop sign turn left on to San Lorenzo Way and drive a few hundred yards. The Nature Center parking lot will be on your right. Please note that the Palm Ave only allows vehicles to exit the park onto Palm. There is no entry at the end of Palm Ave.
To get customized directions, in the map on right click on the blue "Directions" (near top right corner), and enter where you are coming from.
Award-Winning Local Author Returns to Ancil Hoffman Park to Speak About His New Book
Award-winning local author, Steven T. Callan, whose career in wildlife protection began when he worked as a ranger at Ancil Hoffman Park in the 1970s, will return there to speak about his highly acclaimed sequel, The Game Warden's Son. Callan will speak at the April 20th meeting of the Sacramento Audubon Society, at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, located within the park in Carmichael. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., and the public is welcome.
Callan is earning wide praise for his new book, in which he recounts his love of nature and storybook childhood as the game warden's son in the small Sacramento Valley farm town of Orland during the 1960s. The book also details some of Callan's own adventures as a game warden, along with those of his game warden father and their colleagues. Intertwined with a half century of adventures and investigations is a story of the lifelong relationship between a boy and his father. Jane Manaster, writing for the Manhattan Book Review, has this to say in her five-star review of Callan's latest offering: "A witty and enlightening memoir, The Game Warden's Son brims over with tales of stake-outs using disguises and subterfuge to trap transgressors. . . ." The book's slang or jargon related to wildlife is a fun bonus and makes the timely account of environmental protection even more enjoyable. Bill Karr, editor of Western Outdoor News, penned this in his recent review of The Game Warden's Son: "Filled with true-life stories, they are all written in an exciting manner that puts you in the middle of the action. And action there is! Game wardens seldom have nearby backup, and they need to be resourceful and self-confident when enforcing game laws. After all, almost everyone they come in contact with is armed! Fascinating book, and a must-read. The Game Warden's Son, released March 1, 2016, by Coffeetown Press of Seattle, is the sequel to Callan's 2013 Book of the Year finalist: Badges, Bears, and Eagles and is the focus of his 2017 book tour.
Game Warden's Son
Retired game warden, Steven T. Callan's love of nature and passion for protecting wildlife took root long before he experienced the adventures described in his memoir, Badges, Bears, and Eagles. In The Game Warden's Son, he recounts more of his own investigations, along with those of his game warden father and their colleagues. Intertwined with a half century of adventures and investigations is a story of the lifelong relationship between a boy and his father. The book begins in the 1950s in the canyons and on the beaches of San Diego with incidents that sparked Steven's youthful imagination. After an idyllic boyhood in the Northern Sacramento Valley farm town of Orland, where he rode on patrol with his father, Steven became a game warden himself in the early '70s, joining the desert rats who patrolled the California counties banking the Colorado River. With wry humor, Callan tells how he and his fellow officers outwitted the perpetrators, most of them crafty, some of them hilariously foolish, who poached deer, lobsters, and abalone, baited bears and sold their parts, shot wild ducks to supply restaurants, and killed songbirds for epicurean dinner tables. Their cases took them across the Channel Islands, through the back alleys of San Francisco, up the Sacramento Valley, into the Sierras, and along California's pristine North Coast. While these dedicated wardens saw their share of greed, they also appreciated the many hunters and fishermen who obeyed the laws and respected the earth's resources. In the end, it was all about protecting California's natural resources for future generations, which is what Callan and company did, enjoying themselves every step of the way.
2016-17 Meeting Dates September 15, 2016 October 20, 2016 November 10, 2016 January 19, 2017 February 16, 2017 March 16, 2017 April 20, 2017 May 18, 2017 ___________________
A Visit to Borneo - Chris Conard
Paraguay - John Sterling
Shrinking Salton Sea - Mike Lynes
Things that Sting and Bite - Mike Caldwell
Historical records into eBird - Steph Clymer
A year in the life of a No American Owl - Paul Bannick
The Game Warden’s Son -Steven T. Callan
Wildlife of India, Bhutan & Thailand - Joe Ferreira
Past Presentations at the General Meetings:
Birds of South America
Birds and Wildlife of Northern Japan
Why we bird
Our Changing Oceans
Birds of Saudi Arabia
Birds & Culture of Oaxaca
Rattlesnakes Northern Saw-whet Owls Flammulated Owls of Lake Davis California Spiders Tricolored Blackbirds Bird Learning, Instinct, and Intelligence Wetlands of California's Central Valley
Birds of Sierra Nevada Midway Atoll Albatrosses Wood Ducks Saw-whet Owl migration
White-nosed syndrome in Bats Sierra Nevada Adaptive Mgmt Project Birds of Borneo Indonesian Birds
Sacramento Region's Ecosystems
San Juaquin River Restoration History of Falconry Ring Tailed Cats eBird Birding Montana Pelagic Birds Arctic Summer