Monthly Programs

Our Monthly Programs are currently held online in a Zoom webinar. MDAS members and 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). See below for the Zoom recording of meetings that have already occurred.

To receive email notifications that contain webinar access information, click HERE. If you are an MDAS member, you can also access this information in your monthly Quail.

Usual Meeting Schedule:

  • 7:00 pm Birding Info
  • 7:25 pm News
  • 7:35 pm Main Program
  • 8:30 pm Adjourn
2021-22 Main Program Schedule at a Glance:
February 3, 2022 Birds and Agriculture with Daniel Karp
January 6, 2022  Audible Mount Diablo with Joan Hamilton
December 2, 2021 Mono Lake bird surveys with Ryan Carle
November 4, 2021 Owls Through the Ages with Karla Bloem; Cabin Lake Bird Blinds Photos with Jerry Britten
Karla requested that people visit the International Owl Center website HERE.
Access the Zoom recording of Jerry’s talk HERE.
October 7, 2021 Nest boxes with Lee Pauser
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
September 2, 2021 Birds (and Other Wildlife) of Zambia with Jerry Britten; MDAS Field Trip Reservations with Marc Desin
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
June 3, 2021 Winning photos from the Second Annual MDAS Photo Contest; Why Save Parrots? with Lauren Schmaltz
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
May 6, 2021 Birdlife of Oaxaca with Ivan Phillipsen; Developing Strong Youth and Adult Leaders with Eric Aaholm and Luis Pacheco
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
April 1, 2021 Adélie penguins in Antarctica with Annie Schmidt
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
March 4, 2021 Wildflowers of Mount Diablo with Stephen Smith
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
February 4, 2021 Conserving The Salton Sea with Frank Ruiz; Birding California’s Big Sink with Eddie Bartley
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
January 7, 2021 2020 CBC Bird Count Results; Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera with Karla Bloem
Access the Zoom recording of this meeting HERE.
Note: The meeting recording does not include Karla Bloem’s talk. For more information about International Owl Center events click HERE.

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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 […]