Our next meeting: Monday, April 21, 2014 7 PM at the Gualala Art Center
Wildlife and History of Five Remote Tropical Island Refuges

Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuges are our most remote refuges lying within 100 miles of the equator in the Central Pacific Ocean, but separated by over 1100 miles of uninterrupted ocean. Johnston Atoll is about 700 miles southwest of Honolulu and Rose Atoll is a tiny atoll at the eastern end of the Samoan Islands.

Doug Forsell first went to Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands in 1977, and his last trip was in 2002. He was refuge manager of the five refuges for 4 years in the 1980's and is especially interested in the population changes of the two million nesting seabirds since the 1920's and especially their recovery since cats and rats were removed from the islands in the 1960's and 1980's. His presentation will cover their colorful history from guano wars, to their strategic role in WWII, and biological and chemical warfare testing in the 1960's. Throughout the past 150 years a couple of million seabirds have managed to survive many hazards from man including guano mining, rats, cats, invasive plants, and contaminants. The talk will not only cover the natural history of the terrestrial wildlife, but also its colorful marine life. In 2009, President Bush placed the waters surrounding these Islands in a marine sanctuary.


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Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Calendar

April 2014

      Tuesday 8 Cormorant Monitoring Volunteer Meeting Photography Gallery, 357 North Franklin Street 7PM for more information, contact Ron LeValley.
      Friday 11 Save Our Shorebirds Training In-field Training Virgin Creek Beach 9 AM, contact B. Bowen or 707 962-1602 for meeting place.
      Saturday 12 Field Trip - Van Damme State Park - meet at Van Damme Beach day use parking lot on Hwy 1 9AM
      Wednesday 16 Bird Walk Botanical Gardens 8AM*
      17-23 Godwit Days Arcata
      Friday 18 Save Our Shorebirds Training In-field Training Virgin Creek Beach 9 AM, contact B. Bowen or 707 962-1602 for meeting place.
      Saturday 19 Books, Birds and Bargains at Navarro Vineyards 9:30 Navarro's fourth annual bird tour in the vineyard; in the past we have identified over 90 bird species. The tour is appropriate for all ages, but be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a jacket and hat. Navarro Vineyards www.navarrowine.com 1-800-537-9463
      Monday 21 Meeting Gualala: 7PM
      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 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 Mattheissen on Ethiopia
      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.