Our next meeting will be Monday, October 20th, at the Caspar Community Center, 7PM.

Our October Program:
Habitat Gardens with Kate Frey

Habitat gardens are flower filled gardens, making us happy and sustaining many organisms. Flowers have nectar and pollen resources that many beneficial insects and pollinators require. A number of flowers then have seeds or berries that sustain birds over many months. Over 90% of birds feed their young insects, so where there are insects there are often healthy bird populations. This talk will focus on what plants to include in your habitat garden, and will have many examples of colorful and unique garden styles to consider.

Kate designed and managed the famous edible and biodiverse gardens at Fetzer Vineyards in California for twenty years. In May 2003 her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London won a silver/gilt medal, and in 2005 and 2007 her gardens illustrating many elements of biodiversity and sustainability, won gold medals and were visited by the Queen. In 2009 she competed in the World Garden Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan and in 2011 participated in the Floria Garden Show in Putrajaya, Malaysia. She consulted for two years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a Prince's organic farm. She currently works as a consultant, designer and a freelance writer, specializing in sustainable gardens that encourage biodiversity. In July, 2009 Kate became the coordinator of the Sonoma State University Sustainable Dept. of Extended Education Landscape Program. Kate earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in English at Sonoma State University in 2006

Examples of Kate's gardens



Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Calendar

September 2014

      Wednesday 17 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      Saturday 20 California Coastal Cleanup Day 9AM-Noon
      Saturday 28 TALONS A Festival Celebrating Birds of Prey Noon-3PM Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross, CA

October 2014

      Saturday 4 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 11 Field Trip Mouth of Caspar Creek, Caspar Beach, the Cemetery, and finish up at the Caspar Pond. Meet in the parking area at the mouth of Doyle Creek, on the west side of the road, just south of the campground store 9AM
      Wednesday 15 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      Monday 20 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker: Kate Frey on Landscaping for Birds and Insects

November 2014

      Saturday 1 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 8 Field Trip South Coast Raptors (Elk to Point Arena) 9AM
      Saturday 8-9 California Swan Festival Marysville
      Monday 17 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speaker: Sara Guerrero
      Wednesday 19 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*
      Thursday 20-23 Bird Walk Central Valley Birding Symposium Stockton

December 2014

      Saturday 6 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 13 Field Trip Rose Memorial Park & Pudding Creek 9AM
      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 Ten Mile River 9AM
      Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM Speakers Guisti/Keiffer on Turkey Vultures
      Wednesday 21 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*
      Wednesday 21-25 Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway Chico

February 2015

      Saturday 7 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Friday 13 - 15 San Francisco Bay Flyway FestivalVallejo
      Friday 13 - 16 9AM 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
      Saturday 14 Field Trip Owling Road 409 5PM
      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*

April 2015

      Saturday 4 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 11 Field Trip Hendy Woods 9AM
      Wednesday 15-24 Godwit Days Arcata
      Wednesday 15 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*
      Monday 20 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM

May 2015

      Saturday 2 Beginner Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 9AM*
      Saturday 9 Field Trip Navarro River and Beach 9AM
      Monday 18 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM
      Wednesday 20 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8:30AM*
      Monday 18 Meeting Caspar Community Center 7PM


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