Monthly Programs

Meetings are held at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break). MDAS members and visitors are always welcome! For our 2023-24 meeting schedule, we will be conducting our September and October meetings by Zoom. We will be holding in-person meetings starting in November.​

2023-24 Meeting Schedule
September: Virtual
October: Virtual
November: In-Person
December: In-Person
January: In-Person
February: In-Person
March: In-Person
April: In-Person
May: In-Person
June: In-Person

View our calendar for upcoming meeting dates and details, and see below for the Zoom recording of meetings that have already occurred.

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Usual Meeting Schedule:

  • 7:00 pm Birding Info
  • 7:25 pm News
  • 7:35 pm Main Program
  • 8:30 pm Adjourn

Main Program recording archive (click on any program to watch the Zoom recording):

Sep 7, 2023 Bloody Feather—Death of the Cardinal, A New Anti Bird Poaching Novel
Bruce Lewis
May 4, 2023 The Magic of Central America: Costa Rica’s Birds and Ecology
Benny Isaac Jacobs-Schwartz
Feb 2, 2023 A 27 Year Wildflower Journey:
The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

Rob Badger and Nita Winter
Jan 5, 2023 Highlights of a Career in Journalism
Joan Morris
Nov 3, 2022 The Secret Perfume of Birds
Dr. Danielle Whittaker
Oct 6, 2022 Gardening for Birds with California Native Plants
Eddie Bartley and Noreen Weeden
May 5, 2022 Soundscapes to Landscapes (S2L)
Dr. Leo Salas and David Leland
Apr 7, 2022 Acorn Woodpeckers
Walt Koenig
Mar 3, 2022 SF Baykeeper and the State of the Bay
Sejal Choksi-Chugh
Jan 6, 2022 Audible Mount Diablo
Joan Hamilton
Dec 8, 2021 Special Program: Yurok Condor Restoration Program
Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the
 Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department.
Dec 2, 2021 Mono Lake Phalaropes
Ryan Carle
Nov 4, 2021 Owls Through the Ages
Karla Bloem
Cabin Lake Bird Blinds Photos
Jerry Britten

Karla requested that people visit the International Owl Center website
Oct 7, 2021 Nest boxes
Lee Pauser
Sep 2, 2021 Birds (and Other Wildlife) of Zambia
Jerry Britten
MDAS Field Trip Reservations
Marc Desin
Jun 3, 2021 Winning photos from the Second Annual MDAS Photo Contest; Why Save Parrots?
Lauren Schmaltz
May 6, 2021 Birdlife of Oaxaca with Ivan Phillipsen; Developing Strong Youth and Adult Leaders
Eric Aaholm and Luis Pacheco
Apr 1, 2021 Adélie penguins in Antarctica
Annie Schmidt
Mar 4, 2021 Wildflowers of Mount Diablo
Stephen Smith
Feb 4, 2021 Conserving The Salton Sea
Frank Ruiz
Birding California’s Big Sink
Eddie Bartley
Jan 7, 2021 2020 CBC Bird Count Results; Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera
Karla Bloem

Note: The meeting recording does not include Karla Bloem’s talk.
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Sep 30

MDAS Field Trip — Outer Point Reyes

SEPTEMBER 30 @ 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Outer Point Reyes is a wonderful place for fall migrants, many of them Eastern passerine vagrants. You never know who’ll turn up…sightings in past years have included Blackburnians and Blackpolls; Chestnut-sided, Connecticut, Black-and-white, Magnolia, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, and Black-throated Blues…and that’s just the warblers. We’ve also seen Yellow-green, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, Orchard Orioles, Ovenbirds, American […]

Oct 07

MDAS Field Trip — Birding by Bike at Clifton Court Forebay

OCTOBER 7 @ 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Have a bicycle, e-bike or scooter, and like to bird? Join MDAS at Clifton Court Reservoir in eastern Contra Costa County, where we will do an out-and-back biking/birding trip of approximately 10 miles on a flat, paved levee road, to see a myriad of bird species. Those who are equipped for it can also navigate […]

Oct 21

MDAS Field Trip — Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary/Crab Cove, Alameda

OCTOBER 21 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The millions of shorebirds that winter on San Francisco Bay make it a state and global Important Bird Area. It is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and is also designated as a Wetland of International Importance under UNESCO’s Ramsar Convention. We’ll start at the viewing platform at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, which […]

Oct 26

MDAS Field Trip — Lodi Lake & Woodbridge Preserve

OCTOBER 26 @ 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

We’ll bird first at Lodi Lake and its riparian area alongside the Mokelumne River. Plan to see waterfowl and many bird species including Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing, Herons, Warblers and Wood Duck. (We’ve had Varied Thrush in the past but cannot guarantee!) From Lodi Lake we’ll move on to Woodbridge Ecological Preserve, where we’ll […]