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! Our Monthly Program schedule currently alternates between in-person meetings and online Zoom webinars. Based on member input, the Board has decided on the following schedule for our 2022-23 membership meetings:

September: In-Person
October: Virtual
November: Virtual
December: In-Person
January: Virtual
February: Virtual
March: In-Person
April: Virtual
May: Virtual
June: In-Person

This schedule offers our members the chance to catch up and connect at the start of the season, make contact just prior to the holidays, and see each-other off at the end.  We hope that this schedule will be a good compromise and offer the broadest appeal to our members.

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

To receive email notifications that contain webinar access information, sign up for MDAS emails. 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

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

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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February 2023

Monthly Program: February 2023

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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A 27 Year Wildflower Journey: The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change Rob Badger and Nita Winter Rob Badger and Nita Winter take you behind the scenes on their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout California and the West. It began in 1992 when they discovered and fell in love with California's spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert's Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. Photographing these beautiful landscapes and individual flowers evolved into their documentary art…

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Feb 02

Monthly Program: February 2023

FEBRUARY 2 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A 27 Year Wildflower Journey: The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change Rob Badger and Nita Winter Rob Badger and Nita Winter take you behind the scenes on their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout California and the West. It began in 1992 when they discovered and fell in love with […]

Feb 04

MDAS Field Trip — Thornton Area/Cosumnes Preserve

FEBRUARY 4 @ 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Birding Cosumnes Preserve and the Thornton Area Saturday, February 4, 8:45 AM-2 PM Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, hawks and grassland birds. Trip will go in light rain. Bring lunch and a beverage. If questions, call the leader. Hike rating: 1 – Easy. Elevation change: Minor Distance: Depending on the route decided. Co-Leaders: Ethan Chickering, 925-890-3833 […]

Feb 11

MDAS Field Trip — Shollenberger Park/Ellis Creek — Rescheduled!

FEBRUARY 11 @ 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Shollenberger Park/Ellis Creek, Petaluma Saturday, February 11, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Rescheduled from January 14) Both sites are good for wintering waders, shorebirds, waterfowl and a few raptors. Hike rating: 2 – moderate Elevation change: minor Meet: Access point to Shollenberger Park behind the Point Blue parking lot. Leader: Sandy Ritchie (925) 381-2514 Directions: […]

Feb 18

MDAS Field Trip — Bodega Bay

FEBRUARY 18 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Bodega Bay Saturday, February 18, 9:30-3:00 Both sites are good for wintering waders, shorebirds, waterfowl and a few raptors. Hike rating: 1-Easy Elevation change: N/A Meet: Porto Bodega Marina, https://goo.gl/maps/SxWebctFy9ZDyUqP6 Leader: Maureen Lahiff, , 510-484-6529 Directions: Take US 101 north to Petaluma. Exit at Washington and head SW. Washington becomes Bodega Ave, which becomes Petaluma-Valley Ford Rd, […]