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April 2016

      Saturday 2 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM* Leader: David Jensen

      Fridays 8, 15, 22, 29 Save Our Shorebirds In-field Training. Contact B. Bowen for time, place 962-1602

      Saturday 9 Field Trip Hendy Woods State Park 9AM-Noon Meet at south end of bridge. Leader: David Jensen

      15-17 Olympic Bird Fest Sequim, Washington Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction & raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: noted artist Tony Angell, "Revealing the Secret Lives of Owls". Join our festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 12-14, 2016. Register separately at www.pugetsoundexpress.com/audubon. Extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 17-19, 2016: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington.

      13-19 Godwit Days Arcata

      Monday 18 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Kathy Biggs will speak on Dragonflies. Her website southwestdragonflies.net Kathy Biggs built a pond in 1998. Dragonflies soon arrived and quickly became her passion. She is the author of Common Dragonflies of California, Common Dragonflies of the Southwest and Dragonflies of North America: A Color and Learn Book. The Xerces Society considers her one of California's leading Odonata experts. She enjoys teaching about dragonflies and building wild-life ponds and recently has written e-books on those subjects. Kathy will speak about the mi-gration, life cycles, and reproduction of the earth's first flyers.

      Tuesday April 19 South Coast Meeting at the Gualala Arts Center The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Presents Our Changing Ocean: A talk by Ron LeValley at 7 P.M.
Biologist and popular speaker Ron LeValley will look at our changing ocean and how warming trends, an increase in carbon dioxide, and floating plastic trash impact marine life. Ron will share his observations of local waters and talk about what we can expect from the predicted 2015-2016 El Nino conditions, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and other long term trends in oceanography. Ron earned a B.A. degree in biology from Sacramento State College in 1969 and an 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.

      Wednesday 20 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Note Time Change! Leader: Tim Bray

      Saturday 30 Black Oystercatcher Introductory Workshop Contact Joleen Ossello or (707) 391-7019 for time and place

      Saturday 30 Family Bird Walk - Spring Ranch Trail 9-11AM Meet at parking pullout on west side of Highway 1 (opposite Gordon Lane). Leaders: Sue "Magoo" Coulter and Sarah Grimes


May 2016

      Saturday 7 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM* Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 14 Field Trip Navarro River and beach - 9AM-Noon Meet at the park-and-ride just south of the Navarro River Bridge on Highway 1 at 9:00 AM. We will walk down the road, and carpool to the beach. This is always a productive trip, as we encounter several types of habitat during the peak of Spring passerine activity. Singing warblers, sparrows, wrens, and Black-headed Grosbeaks will provide the soundtrack, and there is always the potential for unusual sightings. Leader: - Tim Bray

      Monday 16 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Holy CAAU! The Impact of "The Blob" on West Coast Seabirds" with Dr. Julia Parrish

In the Fall of 2014, hundreds of Cassin's Auklets started washing ashore from San Francisco up to Mendocino. A small, scrappy bird, Cassin's breed on the Farallon Islands up through the Queen Charlottes along the British Columbia coast, and winter out in the North Pacific. By the end of the calendar year, what had been an unusually high beaching rate became a full-fledged catastrophe as hundreds of thousands of these birds were tossed ashore in winter storms. From northern Oregon to Cape Flattery at the tip of the Oympic Peninsula, a literal wall of Cassin's hit the beaches. What happened?? How could so many birds have washed ashore? What does this say about the health of our coastal ecosystem?

Julia Parrish is the Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), the largest beached bird program in the U.S. COASST data provide crucial baseline data against which any mass mortality event can be compared. Join Julia as she discusses the Cassin's event (and the mass mortality of Common Murres that followed the next year) and speculates about why and how our nearshore system is changing, and what coastal residents can do.

      Wednesday 18 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Sunday 22 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 28 Family Bird Walk - Lake Cleone (parking lot near whale skeleton - MacKerricher State Park 9-11AM


June 2016

      Saturday 4 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM* Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 11 Field Trip Kayaking the Noyo River - Charge: $20 adults; $10 kids (18 or younger) Kayaks, life jackets, paddles provided Reservations required (limited to 12 participants) Contact Liquid Fusion Kayaking, 962-1623 or liquidfusionkayaking@gmail.com Leader: - Cate Hawthorne 9AM-Noon

      Wednesday 15 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Sunday 26 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen


July 2016

      Saturday 2 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM* Leader: David Jensen

      Wednesday 20 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Sunday 24 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen


August 2016

      Saturday 6 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM* Leader: David Jensen

      Wednesday 17 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Sunday 28 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen


September 2016

      Saturday 3 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 10 Field Trip 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Field Trip

      Wednesday 14 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Saturday 17 Coastal Clean Up Day www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

      Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

      Sunday 25 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen


October 2016

      Saturday 3 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 10 Field Trip Meet at 9 AM Wear hiking boots; check the weather forecast. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Tim Bray.

      Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

      Wednesday 21 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Sunday 25 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen


November 2016

      Saturday 5 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 12 Field Trip South Coast Raptor Trip 9AM-Late Afternoon Meet at the Navarro Beach turnout on Hwy 1. Carpooling required. Bring a lunch and water. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      Monday 14 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

      Wednesday 16 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Note Time Change! Leader: Tim Bray


December 2016

      Saturday 3 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 10 Field Trip CBC Tune-up at Rose Memorial Cemetery 9AM-Noon

      Monday 12 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM the annual Christmas Bird Count slideshow Note Date Change from the 21st

      Wednesday 21 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Saturday 17 Ukiah Christmas Bird Count

      Monday 26 Fort Bragg Christmas Bird Count There will be a dinner for the participants at the Caspar Community Center. The hall will open around 4PM, and dinner (lasagne and salad) will be at 5PM. Please RSVP so we have an idea of how much food to prepare. BYOB


January 2017

      Monday 2 Manchester Christmas Bird Count

      Saturday 7 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM*Canceled due to Christmas Bird Count Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 14 Field Trip 9AM

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      Monday 16 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

      Wednesday 18 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      Sunday 29 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

      25-29 Snow Goose Festival Of the Pacific Flyway Chico


February 2017

      Saturday 4 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Leader: David Jensen

      Saturday 11 Field Trip

      Monday 13 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

      Wednesday 15 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

      17-19 San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival Mare Island/Vallejo

      Sunday 26 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - Coastal Trail 10-Noon, meet near rest room at east end of parking lot at foot of Elm Street, Fort Bragg. Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars available, heavy rain cancels. Leader: David Jensen

* During these walks, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens charges a reduced "Guest of Audubon" fee for those who are not members of the Gardens.