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August 2016

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

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


September 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

Saturday 10 Field Trip 9AM-noon Field Trip Lake Cleone and Laguna Point, Mackerricher State Park. Woods around the lake are rich habitat for songbirds, and often attract unusual migrants. Migratory waterfowl rest and feed in the lake, and Bald Eagles have been seen there. Time permitting, we will proceed to the viewing platform at Laguna Point to look for birds of the rocky shore and oceanic migrants. Meet at the Lake Cleone parking lot. Leader: MCAS Education Chair Sarah Grimes

Saturday 17 Coastal Clean Up Day www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

Monday 19 Meeting Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM If you don't know much about jumping spiders, be warned - learning more about them can become an addictive pleasure! Now, while a lot of folks more frequently associate the phrase "creepy crawly" with spiders than the phrase "addictive pleasure," jumping spiders are not your average spiders. Among other amazing things, they stalk prey - insects and other spiders - like cats, using vision that rivals that of many birds and mammals. Male jumpers can be brilliantly colored with courtship displays rivaling those of birds-of-paradise. Some species are remarkable mimics of ants, wasps, or beetles. Intrigued? Plan to attend our spider program, featuring Tim Manolis, to learn more about spider biology, California species, and jumping spiders. Salticidae, the family of jumping spiders, is the largest family of spiders worldwide, with around 5000 described species. Though most numerous in the tropics, they are found just about everywhere, from the highest peaks of the Himalaya to the arid depths of Death Valley. Some species hop around in trees and bushes like little spider monkeys. Others stalk prey on the ground, walls, and fences, and very small ones crawl through leaf litter. Over 100 described species live in California, and you can probably find five to ten of these in your back yard

Tim Manolis will present photos of these extraordinary creatures and answer all your spider questions. Dr. Manolis received his Ph.D, from the University of Colorado and is an artist, writer and field biologist who has lived in Sacramento for many years. He is author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California, and the illustrator of Field Guides to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions and the Field Guide to Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States. His website younglightfoot.home.mindspring.com

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 Hawk Hill Details TBA.

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 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 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.

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 9AM-Noon Meet at the east end of Spruce Streeg, Forty Bragg. The Banksia trees in the cemetery attract winter rarities, including Orioles, Sapsuckers, and Warblers, as well as an astonishing number 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 9AM Central Valley Refuge - more details TBA

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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 creeks and rivers. Meet 9AM. More information 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

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 9AM-Noon. Meet at the bridge on Philo-Greenwood Road. We will bird from the bridge and nearby areas and then go into the park to 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.