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 Cultural and natural history of Mt. Diablo with Joan Hamilton
December 2, 2021 Mono Lake bird surveys with Ryan Carle
November 4, 2021 TBD
October 7, 2021 Nest boxes with Lee Pauser
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 2019

Monthly Program: Albatrosses

September 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birding Information: Live Birds with Native Bird Connections Join Jenny Papka to meet a mystery pair of Native Bird Connections' new birds. You do not want to miss this! Main Program: Home to the world’s largest albatross nesting colony, Midway Atoll also hosts a team of volunteer “bird counters” each winter who determine just how many birds are nesting. This past winter, JD Bergeron joined the census team. Bergeron, the executive director of International Bird Rescue, will sharehis experiences on…

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October 2019

Monthly Program: October 2019

October 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birding Info: Cassie Tzur, active MDAS member, has put together a slide show of nature/wildlife through the seasons in nearby Rossmoor.  It is based on her photo book, “The Nature of Rossmoor”.  She will have the book available for sale after her presentation. Main Program: Double-crested Cormorants with Meredith Elliott and Mark Rauzon Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) are seabirds known to use urban structures as nesting habitat. The old east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the eastern…

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November 2019

Monthly Program: November 2019

November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birding info: Kendall Oei will introduce you to the iNaturalist app and website, with a brief overview of what iNaturalist can do for you and a demonstration of how to create an entry. Main Program: Hummingbirds with Kristiina Hurme and Alejandro Rico-Guevara "To Feed or To Fight: Energetics and Weapons" Energetically constrained animals have evolved adaptations to enhance caloric intake. On the other hand, animal competition sometimes turns into physical combat, and particular weaponry evolves. In this talk, Kristiina and Alejandro will…

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December 2019

Monthly Program: December 2019

December 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birding info: Gorillas on the Mountain Jill Hedgecock with gorilla Did you know that gorillas share over 99% of their DNA with humans? Learn about these knuckle-walking great apes as Jill Hedgecock shares her amazing experiences while visiting with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Main Program: Kenya - A Birding and Wildlife Frontier with Jill Hedgecock What is it like to touch extinction? Admire nature’s ingenuity in a parrot’s coloration? Marvel at the oddest-looking raptor on the planet? Watch vultures…

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January 2020

Monthly Program: January 2020

January 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birding info: Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Vice-President Jerry Britten will report highlights of the 2019 Christmas Bird Counts. Main Program: Feathers and Flight: A Journey to the New World Tropics Masked Trogon. Photo by Benjamin Jacobs-Schwartz International bird guide, naturalist and wildlife photographer, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz will share his dazzling bird photos, captivating videos, and animated storytelling to bring a slice of the tropics to California. Touching on topics of migration, speciation, and biodiversity, this media rich journey will share some…

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February 2020

Monthly Program: February 2020

February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birding info: The Peregrine Team in Pine Canyon, an all-volunteer natural history education team, has just begun its sixth season helping to monitor this beautiful apex predator nesting on the western edge of Mount Diablo State Park. You’ll hear an update of last season from a core team member, Wally De Young, and see his brief, inspiring film about the falcons.         Main Program: Audubon Climate Report with Juan Pablo Galván Audubon’s new science shows that two-thirds…

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March 2020

Monthly Program: March 2020

March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Program: Birds of the American West with Norman Kikuchi Birding info: Microplastics: The ‘Almost’ Invisible Threat Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic that are less than five millimeters (about the size of a grain of rice) or smaller.  These fragments of plastics are everywhere—in table sea salt, in fish and shellfish, in detergent, and personal care products. In her role as an environmental risk assessor, Jill Hedgecock has been on the leading edge of addressing the emerging environmental concern of…

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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: 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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