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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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October 2020

Monthly Program: October 2020

October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: David Robinson, from our sister chapter Golden Gate Audubon, will share information about Auk the Vote! Partnering with groups such as the League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Independent Action, Environmental Voter Project, 350 Bay Area, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, and others, Auk the Vote! helps birders do all we can to elect leaders who share our values and our sense of urgency about birds, the environment, environmental justice, and climate change. David Robinson is…

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2020 World Migratory Bird Day Live Online

October 8, 2020 - October 10, 2020
Free

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global event that celebrates the phenomenon of bird migrations and serves as a call to action to protect the birds we share. Environment for the Americas organizes WMBD in the Americas, connecting people to bird conservation from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean. WMBD is officially celebrated on the second Saturday in May (May 9, 2020) and the second Saturday in October each year (October 10, 2020). Because of the nature of bird…

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Using eBird (Virtual Tutorial)

October 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CA United States + Google Map

eBird is among the world’s largest biodiversity-related science projects, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This tutorial is aimed at new users.  It will introduce the features and navigation of the site, illustrate how to use the site to explore hotspots, species and other…

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November 2020

Monthly Program: November 2020

November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: Join Paul Detjens of Contra Costa County Flood Control District and Krista Vossekuil of John Muir Land Trust to learn about the Lower Walnut Creek / Pacheco Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project. The Project will restore and enhance more than 232 acres of salt marsh habitat and become a favorite destination for birdwatchers throughout the region. More here: https://jmlt.org/our-places/pacheco-marsh Main Program: Wildlife and Wildfire: Animal Adaptations for a Dynamic Ecosystem with Lynn Schofield Wildfires are an important part…

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Golden Gate Audubon Online Class – Introduction to Avian Anatomy and Physiology

November 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 10, 2020

A science-based course for curious adult learners who have some birding experience. An overview of what makes birds unique, including feathers and flight; how birds breathe and how they produce song; their amazing hearts and circulatory system; how they feed, digest, and excrete; how they reproduce and raise their young; how they migrate and navigate. We will look at some comparison and contrasts to mammals, and we will explore resources for continued learning. Six Tuesday evening classes by Zoom, October…

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December 2020

Monthly Program: December 2020

December 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: Do you love Northern Saw-whet Owls? Julie Woodruff will provide an update on her Northern Saw-whet Owl banding project, a local program supported by Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.           Main Program: Tricolored Blackbirds with Xerónimo Castañeda Xeronimo Castañeda is a Conservation Project Manager with Audubon California. A native of California he has lived and worked from Monterey to Arcata, ventured to the east coast and eventually finding his way to Sacramento. His work with…

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January 2021

Monthly Program: January 2021

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Karla Banding Owlet, photo by Chris Sargent Birding Info: Mt. Diablo Audubon Society President Jerry Britten will report highlights of the 2020 Christmas Bird Counts. Photo by Brian Plath Main Program: Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera with Karla Bloem A real-life soap opera has played itself out over the past 15 years between over 25 captive and wild Great Horned Owls that have formed the basis of an in-depth vocal study on the species. You’ll experience owl dating,…

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February 2021

Monthly Program: February 2021

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Verdin photo by Eddie Bartley Birding Info: Frank Ruiz, Salton Sea Program Director for Audubon California, will provide an update on some recent breakthroughs for conserving the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a perfect example of the water crisis in the west, affecting thousands of birds and exacerbating the already existing health crisis in the region. Water diversion and the ongoing drought has prompted the Salton Sea to recede at a faster pace calling for an expedite implementation of the…

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Meet the Woodpeckers

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Pileated Woodpecker is the American Birding Association’s 2021 Bird of the Year . In its honor, Sequoia Audubon Society of San Mateo county, with its partners MROSD and San Mateo County Parks, are featuring woodpeckers in the lead up to the Great Backyard Bird Count. On Saturday, February 6, from 10 – 11 am, Alvaro Jaramillo will give a webinar “Meet the Woodpeckers”. He will talk about the species of woodpecker to be found in San Mateo county including,…

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March 2021

Monthly Program: March 2021

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

California Poppies photo by Stephen Smith Birding Info: We are trying something new this month! Instead of a birding info speaker, we are going to spend 15 minutes socializing with other Mt. Diablo Audubon members in Zoom breakout rooms. Meet some new people, or reconnect with old birding buddies! Globe Lily, photo by Stephen Smith Main Program: Wildflowers of Mount Diablo with Stephen Smith Local wildflower enthusiast Steve Smith will present Wildflowers of Mount Diablo: Flower Lore.  Ever wonder why…

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April 2021

Monthly Program: April 2021

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Adélie penguin photo by Annie Schmidt Birding Info: Beginning with a brief introduction to the Female Bird Day effort (established 2019), Joanna Wu, GIS Analyst and Biologist with the National Audubon Society, will explain the consequences of overlooking female birds, both in birding and the sciences. Then she will cover some tips for female identification based on appearance, vocalizations, behavior, and more. Annie Schmidt in Antarctica Main Program: Coldest, Driest, Windiest: studying Adélie penguins on the harshest continent with Annie Schmidt Annie Schmidt,…

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California Beaver Summit Day 1: Beaver Essentials—History and Management

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Climate change is making our state hotter, drier, and harder for people and wildlife. Find out how beaver can help. Beaver has shaped the landscapes of California for over 5 million years. Their dams have slowed runoff and created wetlands of carbon enriched meadows. They charged aquifers, maintained stable temperatures, and cooled stream flows in California’s dry summers. Countless species and entire ecosystems have adapted to these beaver-maintained hydrologies and geomorphologies. Today, across the US, Canada, and Europe, people have…

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California Beaver Summit Day 2: Beaver Dynamics—Ecosystems and Restoration

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Climate change is making our state hotter, drier, and harder for people and wildlife. Find out how beaver can help. Beaver has shaped the landscapes of California for over 5 million years. Their dams have slowed runoff and created wetlands of carbon enriched meadows. They charged aquifers, maintained stable temperatures, and cooled stream flows in California’s dry summers. Countless species and entire ecosystems have adapted to these beaver-maintained hydrologies and geomorphologies. Today, across the US, Canada, and Europe, people have…

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Bird Sound Recording For Conservation And Research

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Presented by Greg Budney This presentation will discuss how audio recording is used for conservation and research with examples ranging from the use of portable recording systems in tropical bird conservation, autonomous recorders for detection and monitoring, automated playback systems for reintroduction, and will also touch on related issues such as the ethics of playback. The talk will include brief discussion of individuals that have carried out this work.

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Mitchell Canyon Birding Hotspot—Spring Migration

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Spring in the East Bay outdoors means enjoying comfortable weather, looking at beautiful wildflowers, and greeting the colorful migratory birds flying up from further south that either settle here to find mates and nest, or stop briefly before continuing up north. Mitchell Canyon, on the north slope of Mount Diablo and lying within Mount Diablo State Park, is known by birders as perhaps the best place around to see this annual rush of feathered color and song. Logon at 7pm…

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Point Reyes Birding & Nature Virtual Festival

April 22 @ 9:00 am - April 25 @ 7:00 pm
$100

Join us in celebration of the 12th Annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature VIRTUAL Festival & EAC’s 50th Anniversary April 22nd - 25th, 2021 | 9:00 am to 7:00 pm ( Pacific time) each day Due to the pandemic uncertainty and restrictions, our team has to decided to prioritize the health and safety of our community by hosting our annual event virtually over our regularly scheduled festival dates from April 22nd - April 25th, 2021 from 9:00 am to 7:00…

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May 2021

Monthly Program: May 2021

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Photo by Ivan Phillipsen Picture from one of the YES Nature Day Outings at a local Regional Park. Photo credit to YES N2N Birding Info: In partnership with nature, YES Nature to Neighborhoods nurtures leaders who champion the wellbeing of our community. Eric Aaholm, Executive Director, and Luis Pacheco, YLP Program Manager for YES will discuss its role in developing strong youth and adult leaders starting as young as age eight via engagement in both nearby nature and backcountry settings. Rufous-capped Warbler, photo…

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The Breeding Seabirds of Alcatraz Island and Climate Change

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Presented by Lidia D’Amico and Zoe Burr In this event, Lidia D’Amico (National Park Service Alcatraz Biologist) and Zoe Burr (Farallon Institute Seabird Biologist) will dive into the world of Alcatraz seabirds. They will tell you about several species that typically breed on the island every spring and summer, and the threats these birds are facing from climate change and living in an urban environment. Alcatraz Island sits in a unique position within the San Francisco Bay and as a…

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June 2021

Monthly Program: June 2021

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Photo by Lauren Schmaltz Birding Info: Krista Vossekuil and Rosalie Howarth will show us the winning photos from the Second Annual MDAS Photo Contest. See the top five finalists in each of eight categories, and learn what the judges had to say about the top pictures. Admire the work of some of our chapter's finest photographers in this special slideshow presentation. Main Program: Why Save Parrots? with Lauren Schmaltz The World Parrot Trust (WPT) is an international leader in science-based, results-oriented parrot…

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September 2021

Monthly Program: September 2021

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Main Program: Birds (and Other Wildlife) of Zambia Jerry Britten, MDAS President Zambia may not be one of the first countries in Africa one thinks of as a safari destination, but perhaps this lends to its appeal. Zambia in fact is a politically stable country about the size of Texas, with many parks and safari areas teeming with diverse wildlife in a variety of subtropical habitats, offering a true wilderness experience far from crowds. Jerry Britten, currently MDAS President and Christmas Bird…

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