The migrating warblers have decreased significantly in my yard and are being replaced primarily by yellow-rumps. Other old friends are showing up: White-crowned Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Spotted Towhees, Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows, etc. Their presence is soothing and provides a sense of normalcy after all the recent terrible wildfires, especially at our own Bobcat Ranch. […]
From the President
Updates from the Yolo Audubon Society Board President.
It’s been a challenging summer for all of us with Covid and the fires, but I hope you’ve managed to do some birding close to home. I’ve had fun photographing warblers in my yard. So much has happened since our last newsletter in early May. Good news on the national front was the passage of […]
On May 21, 2020, Yolo Audubon Society submitted the following Forum Commentary for publication in the Davis Enterprise. It concerns the development of a commercial solar array on former ponds at the Davis Wastewater Treatment Facility. It reiterates several concerns that were left out of Mayor Brett Lee’s and Davis City Council Member Dan Carson’s April 26 Forum Commentary that mentioned YAS’s letter to the Davis City Council about this matter.2020-05-21-YASop-ed
On April 14, 2020, Yolo Audubon Society Board President Ann Brice transmitted the following letter to the Davis City Council regarding its plans to accept a proposal for a large commercial solar array at the Davis Wastewater Treatment Facility ponds.2020-04-14-YAS-Letter-to-Davis-City-Council
In this epoch of COVID-19, we’ve all spent more time at home than we’re used to. My friends and I have been sharing photos from our yards. This has been a great spring for Rufous Hummingbirds. Too bad they don’t stay for long, although the Anna’s Hummingbirds aren’t sad to see them move on north! Be […]
Just a reminder that California Duck Days is coming up on February 22nd at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters in Davis. The event includes workshops, field trips, many on-site kids’ activities, and an exhibition hall. Go to the Yolo Basin Foundation website to learn more. Duck Days is a great community event, and Yolo Audubon members […]
Wintering waterfowl are arriving, which is a great excuse to talk about our annual drawing at the meeting on December 4th. Our grand prize this year features a lovely winter wetlands scene donated by Lorna Belen. The framed and signed Robert Bateman print is entitled “Across the Sky—Snow Geese” and is valued at $1,000. We […]
Fall is here, and the bird season is changing too. We have a wide variety of field trips for you in the upcoming weeks. A new one is Alison Kent’s Introduction to Nature Journaling on October 12th. Try your hand at sketching—Alison is a great teacher. I’m on the board of directors of Audubon CA, […]
Welcome back to Yolo Audubon for the 2019-20 season. I hope everyone had a great summer and saw some good birds. The highlight of my summer was photographing a wonderful variety of species in British Columbia. Here’s a picture of me with Yolo Audubon friends JoAnne Fillatti and Lynda Goff and others getting a close […]
Dear Friend of Yolo Audubon, As we get ready to start the 2019-20 season of programs, field trips, and other special activities, I’d like to encourage you to make a donation of $10, $25 or more to Yolo Audubon. We recently held a retreat for the board of directors, and we’ve made plans for a […]
In the April issue of The Burrowing Owl, Conservation Chair, Michael Perrone wrote about the plight of burrowing owls on the urban fringe of Davis, specifically the occupied habitat in the footprint of the proposed Mace Ranch Innovation Center. This is a parcel owned by the City of Davis.
The Yolo Audubon Board is sending the following letter to the Davis City Council. We encourage retention of this property as an undeveloped easement for burrowing owl habitat.YAS-Mace-25-letter-to-Davis-City-Council
Well, it is that time of the year, that is, time for The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The dates of the count period this year are February 17-20. As in previous years, one can go solo by counting the birds in your yard, neighborhood or favorite haunt, or you can also join a group […]