January 2020 Meeting: The Salton Sea Story with Sandra Lee Photography

You are invited to the January 2020 meeting of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Photo Section at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library Community Room. Our presenter this month is Sandy Zelasko of Sandra Lee Photography, with her presentation “The Salton Sea – History and Hope”. Please continue reading if you’re interested, and find the complete details with date and time at the bottom of this article.

Please note that due to a scheduling conflict at our location, this meeting is on SUNDAY.

About the Presentation

The Salton Sea, an invaluable habitat for an entire desert ecosystem, is at its breaking point. Located in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, extreme challenges and complex restoration lie ahead. With the latest water diversions, over 400 species of birds along the Pacific Flyway will immediately feel the pressure of the shrinking sea. Vulnerable species will remain at risk and airborne toxic dust is estimated to increase cases of respiratory illness in human populations throughout the Southwest. It is going to require hard work, science, technology, education and water along with environmental protections to rescue and sustain this fragile ecosystem.

About Sandra

Sandy Zelasko

Sandy Zelasko, self taught photographer, DBA Sandra Lee Photography since 1992, devotes her attention on wildlife conservation through land acquisition. She unselfishly shares her wildlife photography to educate, organizational skills to fundraise and her curiosity to study environmental issues where wildlife preservation is a key factor.

At her office in Valley Center, CA, Zelasko continues to build a portfolio of conservation endeavors. Dedicated research for The Salton Sea Story uncovered a new understanding of the complex restoration needs in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Although the outcome for the sea and its complicated issues is far from certain, Zelasko remains positive and focused on solutions beneficial to our wild neighbors and their fragile ecosystem.


Here are some of Sandy’s photos. Please visit her website: InvestInNature.org for more!

Intermission and MemberShare – Immediately Following

After the main presentation, we will have a brief intermission and our members only free drawing – every section member present at the meeting will receive a free ticket for the drawing, with a chance to win prices and giveaways from our supporters.

MemberShare will occur after the intermission. Here’s a quick reminder of the guidelines and procedure:

  • Send up to five photos via Dropbox file request.
  • Please send only JPEG files, sRGB color space
  • Minimum resolution: 1920 pixels wide or 1080 pixels high (whichever comes first)
  • No maximum resolution but anything larger than 3000 x 2000 is unnecessary
  • Prepare to speak no more than 10-20 seconds on each photo
  • We’re a photo club – please share only your original photographs with us (no CGI, digital art, etc.)
  • Deadline for MemberShare submissions: Friday, January 10th, 6pm
  • Nameplates: feel free to include a portrait format (vertical) headshot with your photos

To submit your images, simply click this button:


If you need help or if there’s anything unclear about this procedure, the Dropbox help article on file requests contains everything you need to know.

NOTE: Your photos are only shown during MemberShare and will be deleted afterwards. We do not keep copies. There is no need to watermark your photos. If you feel that you must add a logo or other overlay, please keep it small and unobtrusive.

Also, please do not wait until the very last minute to submit the photos you want to share. We need time to prepare the image presentation. When the MemberShare is especially popular, we may have to reduce the amount of images from each member. If that happens we will announce it before MemberShare begins, and hope for your understanding.

Meeting Location, Date & Time

We have your new 2020 membership badges ready for all those who already signed up or renewed their membership.

If you like to become a member of Sierra Club San Diego Chapter’s Photo Section or renew your membership, we are accepting 2020 Membership registrations online. This is the easiest way to join us! You can also become a member at the meeting, or pay your recurring membership invoice at the meeting. If you wish to do so, please arrive early – the first meeting of the year can be busy!

  • Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library, Community Room
  • Address: 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Date: Sunday, January 12th, 2020
  • Time: 1 PM setup & get together; 2 PM main presentation.

Mandatory disclaimer: This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the San Diego Public Library. The Library is not responsible for the information presented in this program.

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