Education

 

Monthly Programs

Our monthly programs include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings are held at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek.

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Education Committee

Our Education Committee organizes birding classes for members and the public, conducts birding presentations for area youth and teachers through in-school and after-school programs, educates the public at tabling events and via informational kiosks and birding brochures at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, and collaborates with area conservation groups to provide birding expertise for partnership hikes and Bioblitz events.

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Birding Classes

Our Education Committee organizes classes for chapter members and the public to improve birding skills and enhance bird-watching experiences. Knowledgeable instructors provide engaging classroom lectures and guide class field trips to gain practical experience. Past classes have included Birding By Ear, Avian Treasure Hunt (migrants), Beginning Birding, Raptor ID, and Gull ID.

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Outreach Activities

Volunteers representing our chapter reach out to the public at tabling events at area festivals, science fairs, and community events.

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Youth Education

Our Education committee works with youth and teachers through in-school and after-school programs. In addition, “No Child Left Inside” introduces Antioch students to the joys of birding through in-class and field trip experiences.

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Education Resources

Learn about local and area classes and activities that may be of interest to members. Also, find links here to online classes and other educational resources related to birding.

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Dec 06

MDAS Field Trip—American Canyon Wetlands

DECEMBER 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

American Canyon Wetlands Monday, December 6, 9 AM-Noon Leaders: Chris & Teri Wills, 925-408-5364 A walk out to the wetlands, ponds and sloughs along the Napa River produces many exciting birding opportunities. We expect plenty of waterfowl, raptors, waders, shorebirds and passerines. The parking lot porta-potty was removed in July and may or may not […]

Dec 09

Soundscapes to Landscapes – Audio Bird Monitoring

DECEMBER 9 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The earth’s biodiversity and associated ecosystem services are in a severe state of decline due to human pressure. However, our knowledge of these changes and impacts on human society is often incomplete. Join us to learn how Soundscapes to Landscapes is using a combination of multiple technologies and the power of citizen/community scientists to fill […]

Dec 15

2021 East County Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 15

Hold the date for the 20th annual East Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count!  Species and total numbers of birds within this count circle will be censused.  To participate in field trips led by experienced birders on this special occasion, or to tally birds at your yard/feeder if you live within the count circle, contact one of […]

Dec 18

2021 Central County Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 18

Hold the date for the Central Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count, a tradition going back to 1955! Species and total numbers of birds within this count circle will be censused.  To participate in field trips led by experienced birders on this special occasion, or to tally birds at your yard/feeder if you live within the count […]