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January 2017

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. Meet us at the west end of Kinney Road in Manchester State Park (the beach access parking lot) at 9am. Join us for a birding trip along Mendocino County's south coast as we look for wintering western snowy plovers along the beaches, scan for waders and waterfowl at Lake Davis, search for tundra swan in Hunter's Lagoon, and try for a falcon trifecta as we prowl about Manchester State Park and possibly the Stornetta headlands. Please bring a scope if you have one, but it's not required. Hope to see you there. Dress for cool weather and wind. Heavy Rain cancels. Leader: Adam Hutchins

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 Colombia. Gordon Beebe, past president of Madrone Audubon Society, will present "Exploring the Colombian Southwest Andes and Intermountain Valleys". Torrent Ducks, Cock-of-the Rock and more are shown in photos, video and studio recordings, all seamlessly integrated into the presentation. Experience the visual beauty and unique songs and calls of the bird of the varied habitats of southwest Columbia, from the valleys, cloud forest, freshwater lagoons and rivers to the paramo (Paramo can refer to a variety of alpine tundra ecosystems. Some ecologists describe the paramo broadly as "all high, tropical, montane vegetation above the continuous timberline".), high in the Andes. Watch the antics of a Black-billed Mountain Toucan as it feeds in the cloud forest, see five species of Antpittas up close at Rio Blanco Preserve, hear the unusual song of the Jet Antbird at Sonso Lagoon, and delight in the Buffy Helmetcrest, a hummingbird of the paramo. Come visit Colombia with Gordon as our guide. Gordon's website: home.earthlink.net/~phot8grd

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


March 2017

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

Sunday 5 Whale Festival Bird Walk Point Cabrillo Lighthouse 45300 Lighthouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460 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

Wednesday 15 Meeting Gualala 7PM.

For owls, every day brings a new challenge to survive. Award-winning conservation photographer Paul Bannick will share images and insights that show how owls use the resources available to them in their habitat to survive and thrive. Follow along as each stage in an owl's life is chronicled: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; learning independence in fall; and, finally, winter's migration. In his new book Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick uses his intimate yet dramatic images to follow North American owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. For owls, every day brings a new challenge to survive, and this book shows readers how owls use the unique resources available to them in their habitat to face those challenges. While the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl and Snowy Owl are discussed most prominently, all 19 species found in Canada and the United States are depicted generously in photos and text throughout the book.

For anyone who appreciates wild things and wild places, each of Paul Bannick's stunning photographs is worth ten thousand words. Ted Williams, Audubon

Paul Bannick is an international award-winning photographer, specializing in birds and their habitat. His work has been published by National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The New York Times and Audubon.paulbannick.com/

Saturday 18 Whale Festival Bird Walk Point Cabrillo Lighthouse 45300 Lighthouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460 9AM-Noon Leader: David Jensen

Saturday 19 Beginner Bird Walk Point Cabrillo Lighthouse 45300 Lighthouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460 9AM-Noon Leader: David Jensen

Monday 20 Partnership Potluck Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 Dinner at 6PM

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.

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 - 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


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 - 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 8:30AM-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 8:30AM-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 8:30AM-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.