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:

May 5, 2022 Soundscapes to Landscapes (S2L) with Dr. Leo Salas and David Leland
Access the Zoom recording of Leo’s and David’s talk HERE.
April 7, 2022 Acorn Woodpeckers with Walt Koenig
Access the Zoom recording of Walt’s talk HERE.
March 3, 2022 SF Baykeeper and the State of the Bay with Sejal Choksi-Chugh
Access the Zoom recording of Sejal’s talk HERE.
January 6, 2022 Audible Mount Diablo with Joan Hamilton
Access the Zoom recording of Joan’s talk HERE.
December 8, 2021 Special Program: Yurok Condor Restoration Program with Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department
Access the Zoom recording of Tiana’s talk HERE.
December 2, 2021 Mono Lake Phalaropes with Ryan Carle
Access the Zoom recording of Ryan’s talk HERE.
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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September 2020

Monthly Program: September 2020

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

Birding Info: Rosalie Howarth and Krista Vossekuil will show us the winning photos from Mt. Diablo Audubon's first ever photo contest! See who won the top prize and make plans to enter next year.       Main Program: Big Year 2019 with Eric Schroeder Eric Schroeder will share stories from his big year 2019.  Knowing he was doing some international travel that year, he decided he would use his birding trips to fundraise for the Golden Gate Audubon Society…

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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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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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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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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March 2021

Monthly Program: March 2021

March 4, 2021 @ 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, 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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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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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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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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