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March 2017

Sunday 26 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - North Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg 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.

Friday 7 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

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.

Friday 14 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

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

Some head north, some head south, some stick around all year, and at times, identifying them can be a challenge. Biologist and photographer Ron LeValley will share his photos and talk about identifying the common visitors as well as how to identify the rare ones that drop by now and again. Ron is knowledgeable about the identification and distribution of birds along the Pacific Coast, and has an extensive understanding of natural history subjects. A lifelong interest in coastal 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. One of Ron's outstanding attributes is sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

He 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 is an Associate Editor for Western Birds.

Ron has been enamored of photography for the past 40 years. He specializes in photographs of wildlife of all kinds, from whales and birds to insects and natural scenes. As a professional photographer, Ron has compiled a collection of more than 90,000 images of wildlife and nature photographs that he uses for presentations and publications. He is a founding member of the Mendocino Coast Photographers Gallery in Fort Bragg.

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

Friday 21 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

Sunday 23 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - North Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg 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

Friday 28 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

Saturday 29 Heron Days - Lakeside County Park, Kelseyville Redbud Audubon Heron Days

Sunday 30 Heron Days - Lakeside County Park, Kelseyville Redbud Audubon Heron Days


May 2017

Friday 5 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

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

Saturday 6 Heron Days - Shady Acres Campground, Clearlake Redbud Audubon Heron Days

Sunday 7 Heron Days - Shady Acres Campground, Clearlake Redbud Audubon Heron Days

Friday 12 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

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 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Friday 19 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

Friday 26 Save Our Shorebirds (SOS) Training Virgin Creek 9AM Contact B. Bowen for meeting place, details. 962-1602 casparbeck at comcast dot net

Sunday 28 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - North Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg 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 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Sunday 25 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - North Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg 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 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Sunday 23 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - North Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg 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 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray

Sunday 27 Coastal Trail Bird Walk - North Coastal Trail, Fort Bragg 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.