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February 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


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 Community Center, 47950 Center St, Gualala, CA 95445 7PM.

Award-winning photographer Paul Bannick will present a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from his brand-new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year in their distinct habitats. We will witness the four seasons, as each stage in an owl's life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating and nesting in spring, fledging and feeding of young in summer, dispersal and gaining independence in fall, and winter's migrations and competitions for food. His program shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to face those challenges. All nineteen species found in Canada and the United States are featured, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl, and Snowy Owl.

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.