Have you wondered about the similarities and differences between the birds of Lake Cachuma and Lake Los Carneros? On Sunday Sept. 29th, from 2 to 4 PM come to a free lecture at the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake to learn more about them from a birder’s perspective, with an emphasis on how beginning birders and campers would feel as they explore nature around the two lakes.

Roger Millikan, avid birder, writer and photographer, will compare the two lakes and the birds which inhabit the two areas.

Roger Millikan took up photographing birds in the early days of digital cameras as a hobby after retiring from 25 years of teaching at UCSB. The hobby soon became a passion. For the past six years, Roger has been working with Karen Bridgers to supply a photograph to go with her weekly bird column that appears every Wednesday in the Santa Barbara News-Press.

For the last six years he has also been a docent volunteer at the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake. One result is his book Birds of Cachuma Lake. It is a book featuring 46 common birds, each illustrated by close up and detailed photos. With it he hopes to pique the interest of campers and kids who visit Lake Cachuma and the Nature Center. It is a guide for visitors at the Nature Center bird window, those taking one of the wildlife cruises, and hikers in the area. The book is available at the Nature Center gift shop.

Adam Lewis and Roger recently published a small book, The Birds of Lake Los Carneros. Roger will also comment on how you can get good photos of the birds with readily available digital cameras. Digital photography and birding are synergistic. Each makes the other more fun. Come join the fun.

Food for Thought Program Sunday, September 29, 2013

2:00 – 2:15 PM Social hour (light refreshments & beverages will be served)

2:15 – 4:00 PM Presentation with a question period to follow

Lecture Event Free to the public with $10.00 park admission per vehicle


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