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On September 19, MCAS will again hold a half-day pelagic trip for beginners and those who are reluctant to go on the all-day trips. The leaders for this trip will be Ron LeValley and David Jensen.

To reserve your spot, email or call 937-1742 before sending your check for $60.00 to MCAS at P.O. Box 332 Little River CA 95456. Ron will send you confirmation and further instructions.

Meeting Date, Place and Time: September 19, 7:30 am, Noyo Harbor/TELESTAR dock (return at 12 noon).

As part of the Refugio oil spill that occurred in May 2015, several Brown Pelicans were cleaned and released with green bands, similar to the International Bird Rescue Center's blue-banded Brown Pelicans. Information on where to report banded birds is provided below. Please note that Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) accepts Green-banded sightings and the International Bird Rescue Center (IBRC) accepts sightings for both Blue-banded and green-banded Brown Pelican reports.

Green-banded Brown Pelicans can be reported at and selecting the "green banded pelicans" tab, or by this link. Sightings of these birds will help us learn how well these birds survive after being oiled and cleaned.

Green and Blue-banded Brown Pelicans can be reported to the IBRC at the following link

Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

Our next meeting will be Monday, September 21st at the Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 at 7PM. Our speaker is Ron LeValley, his topic Our Changing Ocean

In the past few years we have seen incredible concentrations of anchovies and krill along our coast at the same time that starfish have been dying. Now the ocean is very warm and the Humpback and Blue Whales are close to shore. What is going on? Our ocean is warming, there is increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide dissolved in the water and sea level is rising. Of course there is increasing amounts of plastic in our ocean as well. These have far-reaching consequences to our marine animals and those of us living along the coast. While not everything is predictable, there are certainly some trends that are obvious. One of the aspects of our local region is an eddy in the California Current that changes our annual ocean conditions.

Ron will be discussing these trends and changes and how they are affecting our local climate and the local ocean. Part of the presentation will be the changes we are observing in the local marine life, especially changes in distribution and seasonal trends. He will also be discussing some ideas of what we can expect from El Nino, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and other long term trends in oceanography. Ron will also discuss what some of us can do to help the future of our local oceans.

Biologist Ron LeValley was founder and Senior Biologist of Mad River Biologists, a biological consulting firm in Northwestern California. Best known for the identification and distribution of birds along the Pacific Coast, he also has an extensive understanding of natural history subjects. A lifelong interest in marine birds and mammals was enhanced by his involvement with Point Reyes Bird Observatory beginning in 1966, including serving as a biologist at the Farallon Island research station. Ron gathered a world-wide perspective on ecological issues when he founded and for 15 years directed Biological Journeys, a pioneering ecotourism company. One of Ron's outstanding attributes is sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. He is particularly adept at explaining complex biological principles in understandable terms.

Ron graduated from Sacramento State College in 1969 with a B.A. degree in Biology and received his M.A in Biology from Humboldt State University in 1980. His affiliations include American Ornithologists Union (Life Member), The Pacific Seabird Group, National Audubon Society, Point Reyes Bird Observatory (Life Member), and Western Field Ornithologists. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Western Birds and served for eight years as Treasurer of the Pacific Seabird Group.

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