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September 2016

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

Saturday 24 Pelagic Trip We will gather at the dock behind the "Sea Pal" restaurant off North Harbor Drive at 7:45AM, departing on the Telstar at 8AM and returning to the dock around 1PM. Dave Jensen and Ron LeValley will help us find and identify some of the many seabirds that are rarely seen from shore, including Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, various species of Shearwater, Storm-petrels, Skuas, and Jaegers. Noyo Canyon is a submarine feature that brings deep-water species relatively close to shore, providing us the opportunity to get out and back in a half-day excursion. Space is limited. Please contact Ron LeValley at 707-937-1742 or email ron@levalleyphoto.com and details including cost will be sent to you.

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

Wednesday 28-October 2 - The Western Field Ornithologists 2016 Conference Fortuna River Lodge Conference Center


October 2016

Saturday 1 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

Monday 3 Board Meeting contact the president for information as to time and location.

Saturday 8 Field Trip Migratory Seabirds and Waterfowl - David Jensen leads. Meet at the parking area at the end of Ward Avenue (Cleone) at 9 AM. This trip will also include stops at Lake Cleone and Laguna Point, ending around noon. October is the peak month for migrating waterfowl; on good days, thousands can be seen flying south over the nearshore waters. This is a great time to learn how to distinguish the different species of Scoters, Loons, Grebes, and other waterfowl. The mass migration also brings the chance of finding something unusual, like Tufted Puffin or a flight of Shearwaters. We will also practice estimating numbers for eBird entries.

14-15 Northern California Audubon Council Mendocino Coast Audubon Society is this year's host. For more information: ca.audubon.org/about/northern-california-council

Monday 17 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Rachael Freeman Long will speak on the Natural History of Bats in California

Rachael Freeman Long, University of California Farm Advisor and bat authority, will discuss the management and conservation of bats. Bats will soon be migrating back to Northern California from their overwintering sites from as far away as Mexico. Others will be waking up from a long winter's sleep, after hibernating in caves. We have twenty-five species of bats in our state and most are insectivorous. Some bats also feed on pollen and nectar and are important pollinators of plants. Their voracious appetite for bugs makes them superb predators of insect pests in our croplands. Farmers who want their help in controlling pests are putting up boxes to attract colonies of bats to their farms. Their secret to success is to put the bat boxes on the side of a building, at least ten feed high, and where it gets morning sun and afternoon shade to ensure occupancy. Bats are some of the most interesting mammals, but due to their nocturnal habits, they're not well understood. Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind, they do not get tangled in your hair, they're not flying rats, and they're not aggressive. Instead, they echolocate to see in the dark, they're very shy and cute, and they live for over thirty years. While bats can carry rabies, this disease is preventable. Never pick up a bat with bare hands, as they'll bite in self-defense, and always vaccinate your pets. Some of the threats to bats include wind turbines and white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that attacks bats. Rachael Long, Farm Advisor with the UC Cooperative Extension Service in the Sacramento Valley, has been studying bats and their impacts on pest control in orchard crops for nearly twenty-five years. She is also the author of a children's chapter book series that brings kids into a world of bats in a highly adventurous way. Join her for an engaging evening to learn more about the natural history of bats in our state.

Wednesday 19 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Sunday 23 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

4-6 Audubon Assembly Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite

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 Raptors (Elk to Point Arena). Leaders: David Jensen and Tim Bray. Meet at 9 AM in the Navarro River parking area (just south of the bridge) to carpool. This is an all-day trip; bring lunch. We drive along Highway 1 and stop at a number of pullouts to scan the fields between Elk and Point Arena, wintering grounds for a large number of raptors, including Ferruginous Hawk. Carpooling required.

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

David Rice will hold a conversation on Why We Bird. Find out more at his website, whywebird.com.

What makes birders get up early to walk through the woods or tromp through wet fields? Why do we drive a hundred miles to catch a glimpse of a rare species? Why do we keep the feeder full? Our November speaker David Rice answers these questions with his book Why We Bird. Published in 2013 by Golden Gate Audubon, the book organizes a lifetime of birding experiences into insightful short essays on the allure and attraction of birding.

There are as many reasons to bird as there are bird lovers. David Rice discusses seven reasons why we bird: Flight, Song, Color; Identifications; Games; Surprises; Conservation; Stories; and Solace.

Rice’s book is a collection of stories: birding with a friend after he gets dementia; telling a grandson about owls; analyzing a great misidentification; listening to cranes; chasing rare birds, pelagic birds, and life birds; canoeing on Christmas Counts; and more.

Why We Bird includes the reasons other bird lovers have watched, chased, or protected birds, and has an extensive reference list of birding — as opposed to bird — books. Why We Bird differs from these other birding books because it focuses directly on why we bird. Why We Bird is also a tour of many of the top birding spots in California, from Tule Lake to the Salton Sea. Author David Rice did not buy a pair of binoculars and start birding until his mid-twenties. When he wanted to know more, he took Joe Morlan’s bird identification classes in San Francisco and joined the local Golden Gate Audubon Society. He is a knowledgeable birder, not an expert.

Rice’s birding resume includes conducting censuses for two breeding bird atlases, co-leading a Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) birding backpack trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park for thirty-plus years, and finding at least 150 birds in each of California’s 58 counties. He was on the board of directors of GGAS in the 1980s, and is a co-author of the Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas. He works as a psychologist in private practice and lives in Berkeley, California.

At the November chapter meeting, David Rice will share selections from his book and engage with the audience to answer questions and share birding experiences. Please join us for a very enjoyable evening!

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

Monday 5 Board Meeting contact the president for information as to time and location.

Saturday 10 Field Trip CBC Tune-up at Rose Memorial Cemetery & Pudding Creek. Leader: Tim Bray. 9 AM - noon. Meet at east end of Spruce Street in Fort Bragg. The Banksia trees in the cemetery attract winter rarities, including Orioles, Sapsuckers, and Warblers, and astonishing numbers of Anna's Hummingbirds. Along Pudding Creek we may hear Virginia Rail and Sora; the brushy habitat alongside the tracks is a good place to find Lincoln's Sparrow.

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

Saturday 17 Ukiah Christmas Bird Count

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

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 Sacramento Valley refuges and fields. Possible two-day expedition to view wintering waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes. Logistics TBA.

13-16

Monday 16 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Gary Alt will speak on bears.

Dr. Gary Alt has over 30 years of experience as a wildlife biologist running statewide research and management programs in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Dr. Alt was responsible for launching some of the largest field studies in the country on black bears and white-tailed deer and made some of the most sweeping changes to bear and deer management policies in the history of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience coordinating research and management activities with state and federal government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Alt has testified as an expert witness on numerous occasions in state and federal court cases and in legislative hearings dealing with wildlife issues. He has also designed and implemented monitoring programs for a variety of wildlife species and written reports and published results in numerous professional journals. Dr. Alt has extensive experience in public relations, education, and the use of mass media to win support for conservation programs. He has presented over 1,500 public lectures and scripted, narrated, and hosted an award-winning documentary. In addition, his work has been featured nationally in a variety of venues such as Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning News, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and publications and television sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

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

Monday 6 Board Meeting contact the president for information as to time and location.

Saturday 11 Field Trip South Coast estuaries - Alder Creek, Brush Creek, and mouth of Garcia River. Leader TBA.

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

Monday 20 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Gordon Beebe on the birds of southwest Columbia. Gordon's website: home.earthlink.net/~phot8grd

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


March 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 Owling -Leader and location TBA

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

Monday 20 Partnership Potluck Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

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


April 2017

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

Monday 3 Board Meeting contact the president for information as to time and location.

Saturday 8 Field Trip Hendy Woods State Park, near Philo. Leader: David Jensen. 9 Am - noon. Meet at the bridge on Philo-Greenwood Road. We will bird from the bridge and nearby areas, then go into the park and walk a loop trail. Swallows and Purple Martins, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Black-throated Gray Warblers are regularly seen; sometimes Western Tanager, Hermit Warbler, and Green Heron. Cassin's Vireo and Barred Owl can also be heard here. Please note that Hendy Woods State Park charges an entrance fee.

Monday 17 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Ron LeValley on shorebird identification. Ron's website: www.levalleyphoto.com

Wednesday 19 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Sunday 23 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


May 2017

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

Saturday 13 Field Trip Navarro River and beach. Leader: Tim Bray 9AM-Noon Meet at park-and-ride just south of the bridge. We usually bird the area around the bridge first, then go to the beach and work our way back. Good variety of waterfowl, gulls, and seabirds along the road. Birds are feeding young, so they are very active and easy to find. Black-headed Grosbeak and Bullock's Oriole are possible.

Monday 15 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

What MCAS does: Save Our Shorebirds, Black Oystercatcher Survey, Pelagic Cormorant Survey, Education, and more! This is our annual meeting, complete with voting.

Wednesday 17 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-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


June 2017

Saturday 3 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Leader: David Jensen

Monday 5 Board Meeting contact the president for information as to time and location.

Saturday 10 Field Trip Kayak trip on the Noyo River - more information TBA

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


July 2017

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

Wednesday 19 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Sunday 23 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 2017

Saturday 5 Beginner Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 9AM-Noon* Leader: David Jensen

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

Sunday 27 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.