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: Virtual
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):

Oct 5, 2023 Why Birds Flock
Jessica Griffiths
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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Monthly Program: December 2023

Walnut Creek Civic Park Assembly Hall 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA, United States

New Zealand: Great Walks and Great Birds Jill Hedgecock Jill Hedgecock will share photos from her hiking and birding adventures in the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Come experience the wonders of Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a trek that takes adventurous souls over an active volcano and which has been described as the best […]

Monthly Program: January 2024

Zoom CA, United States

Bay Area Woodpeckers Jeffery R. Martin Woodpeckers have captured the human imagination for generations. The distant sounds of pecking, flashes of red plumage, and inevitable disappearance into the shadows of the forest evoke a sense of wonder about these extraordinary yet elusive creatures. Jeffery Martin’s lecture and his close-up high-definition video segments explore the foraging […]