Date & Time
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Farrand Hall, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Presented by Glenn Kincaid
The natural history of New Zealand has produced a distinctive collection of avifauna—over half of New Zealand’s native birds are found nowhere else on earth! New Zealand’s native birds face unique threats, and many species are at risk or endangered. New Zealand has been at the forefront of developing innovative approaches to counter these threats. This talk will touch on the evolution of New Zealand’s native birds, their present status, and some of the strategies that have been developed to save them from extinction.
When he was young Glenn Kincaid was fascinated by the birds that came to the feeder. Many years passed before he realized you could actually go looking for the birds. Since that realization, Glenn has gone looking for birds on all continents except Antarctica. In 2015 Glenn undertook a Green Big Year in Santa Barbara county, saw 285 species of birds, and biked over 4400 miles. In addition to looking for birds, Glenn is interested in matters of bird conservation and has been involved for several years in monitoring Santa Barbara’s only known breeding population of Purple Martins. Glenn divides his time between Santa Barbara, Castle Valley Utah, and Blenheim New Zealand.