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Yolo Audubon Society runs field trips and monthly program meetings, all of which are free and open to the public.

It also runs the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count (December). An ongoing citizen science activity has been the Breeding Bird Atlas.

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January 2018
Adult Bald Eagle(Rumsey Bridge-Cache Creek), photo Kevin Guse

Raptor Ramble

January 20th @ 7:30 am

Please come join us to try and find as many raptor species as possible in a full day of birding.  We will focus on Yolo County, but we may visit adjacent counties as well in our quest. In addition to the more common species, our targets will include Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon and Rough-legged Hawk. Bring binoculars, lunch, water and dress in layers. If you have one, a spotting scope would be really…

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Group of long-billed dowitchers. © Beth Savidge

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

January 28th @ 7:30 am

Join us for a morning of birding at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA)! The YBWA is one of the premier spots for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds in the central valley. We should see 14+ species of waterfowl and will put in special effort to look for locally uncommon to rare species including Ross’s Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, and Blue-winged Teal. Besides waterfowl, we will expect to see American Bittern, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, and Long-billed Curlew and try…

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February 2018
Sanderlings, Doran Beach Jan 2017, photo Sami LaRocca

Bodega Bay

February 3rd @ 6:30 am

For winter birds of the coast – Bodega Bay, Harbor and Head, and Doran Beach offer ducks, grebes, loons, gulls and shorebirds in one compact area.  Winter plumages offer interesting identification challenges.  Good bird photo opportunities around the harbor. Weather can be surprisingly good in winter, but be prepared for cold and wet with layers, hat and gloves – easy walks.  Only a major rainstorm will cancel the trip.  Meet 6:30 AM at the Marketplace Shopping Center, in the parking…

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ferruginous hawk, photo Pam Pappone

Robinson Road

February 4th @ 7:30 am

Join us for a trip to the pastures of southeastern Solano County to search for resident and overwintering raptors & Mountain Plovers.  We will search fields, perches and farm equipment.  Prior trips have spotted Prairie Falcons, Merlins, Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Rough- legged hawks and Mountain Plovers.  We hope to see these and many more species during this trip.  Little walking is anticipated.  Wear appropriate winter wear, the area is generally windy.  Bring water, snacks and/or lunch. Bring binoculars and…

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