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Yolo Audubon Society offers field trips and monthly program meetings. They are free and open to the public.

It also organizes the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count.
It is always the first Sunday in the count season (Dec 14 to Jan 5).

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February 2020

Yellow-billed Magpie; © Mike Reinhart

Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change in the Central Valley

February 19th @ 7:30 pm

Climate change is a serious threat to California birds. A recent report from the National Audubon Society, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, found that two-thirds of America’s birds are threatened with extinction from climate change. Under the most extreme projections, California could face temperature increases of more than six degrees Fahrenheit in winter and up to nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. The resulting changes in vegetation and habitat will mean that nearly half of California’s birds…

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Cinnamon Teal; sketch by Alison Kent

Nature Journaling Workshop at California Duck Days

February 22nd @ 9:30 am

Join Certified California Naturalist and Yolo Audubon board member Alison Kent for a half-day of nature journaling. We will meet at the Yolo Basin Headquarters (map below) at 9:30 for a short introduction and then head into the wildlife area to study and draw ducks and other birds, plants, insects, and whatever else we find. All ages and abilities welcome; all you need is something to draw with and something to draw on! The trip will conclude at noon. The…

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Willet; © Sami LaRocca

Napa River at American Canyon

February 25th @ 8:00 am

Adjacent to the Napa River is a restored shoreline walking trail, where tidal fluctuations can be observed. All along the walkway we’ll be enjoying the open vistas looking west toward the wetlands and over the river. We will first walk along a large tidal lagoon looking for resting birds. After a short level walk out to the Napa River, the rising tide will bring foraging shorebirds closer to us. This time of year, migration of north-bound shorebirds is beginning; routinely…

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March 2020

Green Heron at West Pond; © Jo Ellen Ryan

Birding Walk at West Pond

March 4th @ 9:00 am

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month. Meet fellow birders at the WEST end of Isle Royale Lane (by the gazebo on the greenbelt). We'll walk and stand for a couple of hours or longer to spot birds all along the pond. Bring your binoculars. We'll share a spotting scope, field guides, and checklists. Restrooms are open M-F at the UCD Med. Clinic near the north end of the Pond. Walks begin at 8:00am May-September, and 9:00am October-April.

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Colusa NWR; © Deb Ford

Sutter Buttes, Colusa and Sutter National Wildlife Refuges

March 14th @ 8:00 am

On this trip we will visit the Colusa and Sutter National Wildlife Refuges, grasslands around the Sutter Buttes, and, time permitting, the Bobelaine Preserve. We will visit a variety of habitats, including agricultural fields, mudflats, and riparian areas and we will be looking for remaining waterfowl, arriving shorebirds, migrating neotropicals, a variety of sparrows, and owls and raptors. While there will be some walking, viewing will be primarily from different stopping spots on the trip. Meet at 8 am (Daylight…

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