Two important events occur at our December general meeting.
Bird ID Workshop
Steve Hampton will conduct a workshop in advance of our 49th annual Christmas Bird Count (which takes place on Sunday, December 15th). He will share data and trends from previous counts, and provide helpful tips on bird ID.
Our 15-mile diameter count circle centers on Putah Creek and is divided into ten different areas, each with its own plan regarding coverage, teams, start time, and method of travel (car, foot, hiking, bike, etc.). Information on the count, the ten areas, a link to a Google Earth map of the count, and contact information for the area leaders is here on the Yolo Audubon website.
Although there will be time set aside for signups at the meeting, we prefer that you sign up for the area of your choice by contacting one of the area leaders directly (before the meeting). Contact information for each area leader is on the website.
Annual Fundraiser Drawing
We will host our annual Yolo Audubon fundraiser drawing. Drawing tickets have been mailed out to members on our contact list, but there will be an opportunity to purchase tickets at the meeting.
Drawing items include: 1) Signed and framed Robert Bateman print of Snow Geese in the wetlands; 2) Framed photograph of Sandhill Cranes by Beth Savidge (available to those who are present at the meeting); 3) Hand-woven shawl by Alison Kent; 4) Ceramic bowl by Susan Shelton; 5) Ceramic Christmas tree by Sarah Mayhew; 6) Hummingbird fountain, feeder and book; 7) Birding outing with Michael Perrone; 8) Day at Great Bear Vineyards and Winery; 9) Gift certificate to Ficelle in Winters; 10) Gift certificate to Seasons in Davis; 11) Salad lover’s gift basket.
The fun officially begins at 7:00pm (this is earlier than our normal 7:30pm start time), but you are encouraged to come at 6:30pm to view the drawing items and enjoy refreshments.