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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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April 2021

Monthly Program: April 2021

April 1, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 9:00 am - April 25, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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October 2021

Monthly Program: October 2021

October 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Main Program: Twenty Seasons of Nest Box Monitoring Lee Pauser As a volunteer, Lee Pauser has been building, installing, and monitoring nest boxes (a nest box is an artificial cavity) for twenty nesting seasons. The presentation includes photos and videos of the eighteen species of cavity nesting birds that have graced his nest boxes. His effort have resulted in 16,858 birds fledging of which 6,670 are Western Bluebirds. Lee is a member of the California Bluebird Recovery Program (CBRP), Santa…

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First Annual Berkeley Bird Festival

October 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Berkeley Bird Festival Berkeley, CA United States
Free

On Sunday, October 17, Bay Area residents are invited to enjoy the first annual Berkeley Bird Festival, a free community event organized by Golden Gate Audubon and the California Institute for Community Art and Nature (California I CAN). The event will offer guided birding field trips throughout the city, bird chalk art on the UC campus and downtown, family-friendly arts & craft activities including Origami bird folding instruction, bird-related information and action tables, and a very special virtual and in-person…

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November 2021

Monthly Program: November 2021

November 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: Cabin Lake Bird Blinds Photos Jerry Britten, MDAS President MDAS President Jerry Britten will share some photos he has taken at the Cabin Lake Bird Blinds in Central Oregon. Main Program: Owls Through the Ages Karla Bloem, Executive Director of the International Owl Center Owls are omens of death. Owls are creator beings. Owl eggs can cure serious diseases. These are all views that are currently held in different cultures on different continents. Why is it important to understand these different…

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December 2021

Monthly Program: December 2021

December 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: Pine Canyon's Peregrines Peregrine Team Members of the Peregrine Team will share a video synopsis of the Pine Canyon peregrines' historic and memorable year, taken directly from the notes and photography of the Peregrine Team. Main Program: From Mono Lake to Mar Chiquita: A Future for Phalaropes and Saline Lakes Ryan Carle, Science Manager, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge Wilson's and red-necked Phalaropes are tiny but charismatic shorebirds that rely on saline lakes like Mono Lake and Owens Lake as…

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January 2022

Monthly Program: January 2022

January 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: Highlights Of The 2021 Christmas Bird Counts Jerry Britten Mt. Diablo Audubon Society President Jerry Britten will report highlights of the 2021 Christmas Bird Counts. Main Program: Audible Mount Diablo Joan Hamilton, founder and owner, Audio Guides to the Outdoors Joan Hamilton is a writer, editor, and multimedia producer. She is founder and owner of Audio Guides to the Outdoors, which has created multimedia guides for Save Mount Diablo, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, Midpeninsula Open Space District, Save…

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February 2022

Monthly Program: February 2022

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: Mt. Diablo Audubon Society draft Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging statement Mt. Diablo Audubon board members Juan Pablo Galván Martínez, Ariana Rickard, and Krista Vossekuil will present a draft Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement for the chapter. Main Program: Mount Diablo—an Island in Suburbia  Michael Marchiano, Naturalist Michael will provide an overview of plant and animal life on Mount Diablo, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects, spiders, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This short natural history presentation will also…

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March 2022

Monthly Program: March 2022

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom CA United States

Birding Info: The Mt. Diablo Audubon board will provide an overview of the chapter's activities, projects, and programs. Main Program: SF Baykeeper and the State of the Bay Sejal Choksi-Chugh Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director of San Francisco Baykeeper, will discuss the state of the Bay and the major issues Baykeeper is tackling. San Francisco Baykeeper has defended the Bay since 1989 by patrolling on the water, investigating pollution, holding polluters accountable, and strengthening the laws that protect the Bay and…

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April 2022

Monthly Program: April 2022

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom CA United States

Main Program: Cooperation and conflict in the communal world of the Acorn Woodpecker Walt Koenig Acorn Woodpecker, best known for their unique habit of storing acorns by the thousands in special structures known as “granaries”, exhibit one of the most complex social systems of any bird. Family groups of this species, sometimes numbering a dozen or more birds, contain multiple breeders of both sexes, a rare phenomenon called “polygynandry”, along with young from prior years that serve as “helpers-at-the-nest”. Based…

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May 2022

Monthly Program: May 2022

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom CA United States

Main Program: Soundscapes to Landscapes Dr. Leo Salas and David Leland 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 is often incomplete and limited to few and small areas. Join us to learn how Soundscapes to Landscapes is using a combination of multiple technologies and the power of citizen/community scientists to fill this data gap – starting with a focus on Sonoma…

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June 2022

Monthly Program: June 2022

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, 1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598 United States

Birding Information: Local Birds from MDAS Photo Contests Krista Vossekuil, MDAS Education Chair Krista Vossekuil will share some of the photos from the MDAS Photo Contests! Check out all the amazing entries and enjoy pictures of some of our incredible local birds. Bullock's Orioles, Morgan Territory, photo by Jerry Britten Main Program: Emperors of the Ice: Ecology and physiology of an iconic Antarctic predator, the emperor penguin Dr. Gitte McDonald Emperor penguins are the largest species of marine bird, and perhaps…

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