Our next meeting: Monday, May 19, 2014 7 PM at the Caspar CommunityCenter
Matthew Matthiessen presents "Little Known Ethiopia: a birder's dream".

Tall mountains, lush forests, fertile land and unique birds and animals: could this possibly be Ethiopia? Well, yes. Due to its diverse habitats, Ethiopia is one of the most species-rich countries in all of Africa. Matthew Matthiessen will describe this northeastern African country with its unique bird life. Matthew is known for his engaging manner, stunning photos, and impressive command of his subject.

In February 2010, Matthew joined an international team of birders that observed and compiled a longer list of Ethiopian birds than any prior group. Their list of 526 species included Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, a magnificent bird of red, greens and blues, an array of starlings, and many other birds.

Ethiopia is the tenth African country Matthew has birded, and he believes it is a must for any serious birder wishing to expand their list of African species. Its variety of habitats, which range from some of the hottest on the continent to high alpine peaks, account for its large number of endemic species (species found nowhere else in the world). A bonus for birders seeking montane species is an all-season road at over 14,000 feet.


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Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Calendar

April 2014

      Friday 25 Save Our Shorebirds Training In-field Training Virgin Creek Beach 9 AM, contact B. Bowen or 707 962-1602 for meeting place.
      25-27 Point Reyes Birding Festival
      Saturday 26 Earth Day- Celebrate Earth Day at the Noyo Food Forest with MCAS!
      Saturday 26 Family Bird Walk Series - Point Cabrillo - Meet at the upper parking lot. Explore local State Parks with Audubon educators Sue "Magoo" and Sarah Grimes. Family friendly educational bird walks each spring. 9:00 a.m.
      Sunday 27 Black Oystercatcher Workshop - 9AM-2PM Russian Gulch Recreational Hall For more information, contact Joleen Ossello at 707-391-7019 or via email

May 2014

      Saturday 3 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Thursday, 15 MCAS Board Meeting 7PM
      Saturday 17 Field Trip - Navarro River and Beach 9AM
      Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker: Matthew Matthiessen on Little Known Ethiopia: a birder's dream
      Wednesday 21 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      Saturday 24 Family Bird Walk Series - Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - Meet at the front entrance. Explore local State Parks with Audubon educators Sue "Magoo" and Sarah Grimes. Family friendly educational bird walks each spring. 9:00 a.m.*

June 2014

      Saturday 7 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 14 Field Trip - Noyo River by Kayak - meet at Liquid Fusion's parking lot 9AM
      Wednesday 18 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      Saturday 21 Family Bird Walk Series - Lake Cleone, MacKerricher State Park Meet at the Lake Cleone parking lot. - Explore local State Parks with Audubon educators Sue "Magoo" and Sarah Grimes. Family friendly educational bird walks each spring. 9:00 a.m.

July 2014

      Saturday 5 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Wednesday 16 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*

August 2014

      Saturday 2 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Wednesday 20 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*

September 2014

      Saturday 6 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 13 Field Trip 9AM Virgin Creek mouth and beach
      Monday 15 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker: Ed Pandolfino on Birds of the Sierras
      Wednesday 17 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      Saturday 20 California Coastal Cleanup day 9AM-Noon*

October 2014

      Saturday 4 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 11 Field Trip 9AM Glass Beach and vicinity
      Wednesday 15 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      Monday 20 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker: Kate Frey on Lanscaping for Birds and Insects

November 2014

      Saturday 1 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 8 Field Trip 9AM South Coast Raptors (Elk to Point Arena)
      Monday 16 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker: Sara Guerrero
      Wednesday 19 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*

December 2014

      Saturday 6 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 13 Field Trip 9AM Rose Memorial Park & Pudding Creek
      Sunday 14 Ukiah Circle Christmas Bird Count
      Monday 15 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Topic: Christmas Bird Count
      Wednesday 17 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*
      Saturday 20 Fort Bragg Circle Christmas Bird Count

January 2015

      Saturday 3 Manchester Circle Christmas Bird Count
      Saturday 3 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM* Cancelled due to CBC
      Saturday 10 Field Trip 9AM Ten Mile River
      Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speakers Guisti/Keiffer on Turkey Vultures
      Wednesday 21 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*

February 2015

      Saturday 7 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 14 Field Trip 5PM Owling - more information later
      Monday 16 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker John Gallo on Conservation Biology
      Wednesday 18 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*

March 2015

      Saturday 7 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 14 Field Trip 9AM MacKerricher State Park
      Monday 16 Partnership Potluck
      Wednesday 18 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*


* These walks are free; however, the Gardens charges a reduced entry admission for those who are not members of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.