THIS WILL BE AN IN-PERSON MEETING!
Attendance is FREE for members but limited to the first 50 to register. The address will be included in registration confirmation email message.
Please understand - you must be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend and must wear a mask when indoors.
This is also an experimental Zoom hybrid meeting.
SDHS will do our best to Zoom the full in-person meeting with those not in attendance. Please bear with us due to the nature of the speaker's live animal presentation, that may not be possible.
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Bob Gordon, M.D., Master Falconer, with his Partner, Huxley
Raptors - Natural Predators in Your Garden
As gardeners, we are constantly interacting with the wildlife who share space with us, whether intentionally or without realizing how our actions are impacting these other inhabitants.
Although we are generally tuned in to such things as the necessities of habitat preservation, the benefits of integrated pest management and organic gardening, and though we may gladly go to extremes to balance nature’s needs with our gardening goals, there is much for us to learn about our co-habitants and the critical consequences we may unknowingly cause for them.
Our speaker, Dr. Bob Gordon, helps us expand our knowledge about the natural history of local raptors – the birds of prey we welcome to our landscape as partners in controlling the gophers, mice, rats and other rodents who assume our gardens are being maintained for their sole pleasure.
A Master Falconer, Bob gives regular monthly presentations on birds of prey, falconry, and human/wildlife interactions at the S.D. Natural History Museum and the Mission Trails Regional Park’s Visitor Center, accompanied by his winged partner, Huxley, a Harris’s Hawk, perched on his fist to make sure he gets things correct.
Bob has had an active interest in the natural world as long as he can remember. With his foundation anchored in science, he has explored multiple aspects of the animal world and the inhabitants’ various interactions. He has authored many scientific articles including “The Use of Canines in the Detection of Human Cancer.”
For the last two decades he has been on the Humane Society’s Project Wildlife raptor rehabilitation team, augmenting his scholarly research with practical insight learned on the job.
He loves sharing his knowledge and love of the nature with the public. Join us for an enjoyable and entertaining (and yes, informative) evening as he and Huxley share a different perspective regarding human/wildlife interaction.