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Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Calendar
September 2015

      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 Virgin Creek Beach 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Field Trip to Virgin Creek mouth and beach Meet at the "Enchanted Trail" parking area on the west side of Highway 1, just north of the Montessori Del Mar school.
Leaders: Alison Cebula and Adam Hutchins
This is a short walk, less than a mile round-trip, traversing through several different habitats: shore pines, coastal scrub, coastal meadow, lagoon, sandy beach, rocky shore, and nearshore marine. The diversity of habitats offers chances for an extensive list of sightings. Virgin Creek beach is usually the best spot on the Mendocino coast for migrant shorebirds: ten species are regularly found here, and as many as fifteen are possible. Fall migrant songbirds, such as warblers or tanagers, can also be spotted along the "Enchanted Trail" portion of the walk.

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

      Saturday 19 Half Day Pelagic Trip This trip is limited to 25 people, so reserve your spot early. Contact Ron LeValley at 707-937-1742 or email ron@levalleyphoto.com and details will be sent to you. $60.00 per person.

      Saturday 19 Coastal Clean Up Day www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

      Monday 21 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Ron LeValley will speak on Our Changing Oceans

      Sunday 27 Fourth Sunday Bird Tour - The new trail on the former GP property 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 2015

      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 Caspar Hotspots. Leader: Tim Bray. Meet at 9 AM at the entrance to the Caspar Cemetery, on Point Cabrillo Drive (Road 409) just west of Highway 1. We will walk down to the cemetery and look for Red Crossbills and wintering warblers, among other birds, then work our way down the trail to the beach and creek mouth, looking for late migrating shorebirds and early-returning waterfowl. After that we will move across the bridge and view the Caspar Pond waterfowl, finishing up before noon. Wear hiking boots; check the weather forecast. Heavy rain cancels.

      Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Robert Lewis will speak on A Bird's Rainbow

Many birds are brightly colored, others use patterned feathers for camouflage. How do these colors originate? What's the difference between colors from pigments and physical colors? From Yellow warblers to Anna's Hummingbirds, from Snow Geese to Brewer's Blackbirds, each species makes unique use of the feather colors it possesses. What do the colors indicate to other birds? And do birds see the same colors we do? Bob will unravel some of the mysteries of color in birds with a little chemistry, a bit of physics, and a lot of brightly colored slides.

Bob trained as a chemist and worked for Chevron for 33 years. He's taught birding classes in the Bay Area for over 20 years, and is the chair of Golden Gate Audubon's Adult Education Committee. Currently he's co-teaching a popular Master Birding class at the SF Academy of Sciences with Jack Dumbacher and Eddie Bartley, and will be teaching "Birds of the Bay Area" for Golden Gate Audubon this fall. He loves to travel and photograph birds, and has recently returned from a trip to SE Asia, chasing the brightly colored birds of that area. Bob has seen over 4500 of the world's bird species, and has photographed many of them.

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

      Sunday 25 Fourth Sunday Bird Tour - The new trail on the former GP property10-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 2015

      Saturday 7 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 14 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 16 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM Topic: Daylighting Creeks and update on the GP property

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


December 2015

      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 CBC Tune-up at Rose Memorial Cemetery 9AM-Noon

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

      Saturday 19 Ukiah Christmas Bird Count

      Monday 21 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM the annual Christmas Bird Count slideshow

      Sunday 27 Fort Bragg Christmas Bird Count


January 2016

      Saturday 2 Manchester Christmas Bird Count

      Saturday 5 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 9 Field Trip Ten Mile River and beach - Leader: David Jensen - meet at parking area near south end of bridge 9AM-Noon

      Monday 18 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

      Wednesday 20 Bird Walk Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 CA-1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 8:30AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray


February 2016

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

      Saturday 13 Field Trip Owling Leader:Mike Stephens - Meet at end of pavement on Road 409, 3 miles up from Highway 1 Time TBA

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

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


March 2016

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

      Saturday 12 Field Trip MacKerricher State Park (Lake Cleone) - Leader: David Jensen - meet at Lake Cleone parking lot 9AM-Noon

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

      Monday 21 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM


April 2016

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

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

      13-19 Godwit Days Arcata 21st Annual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival with Keynote Lecturer David Sibley

      Monday 18 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM

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


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 - 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 9AM-Noon

      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 8AM-Noon* Leader: Tim Bray


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