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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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September 2019

Red-tailed Hawk; © Ken Ealy

Marin County: Raptor Migration on Hawk Hill

September 21st @ 7:00 am

Join Yolo Audubon on a field trip to view hawk migration in action. Now is the time that several species of hawks, including the Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and perhaps Broad-winged Hawk make their way to southern regions. We will also join the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory's (GGRO's) "Hawk Talk" at noon. A GGRO volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and the work of the GGRO. If we are lucky, a banding volunteer will bring up a…

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Cape May Warbler; Pt Reyes (Fall)

Point Reyes

September 29th @ 6:00 am

Please join us for our annual fall field trip to Pt. Reyes. Fall migration at Pt. Reyes can be spectacular and makes this area a well-deserved birding hotspot.  Depending on the weather, the numbers and diversity of songbirds passing through the "Outer Point" can be impressive.  In addition to the passerines, there are usually plenty of raptors and other migrants to enjoy! We will meet at 6:00 AM in the Park-N-Ride lot off of Mace Boulevard (northeast of Highway 80…

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October 2019

Elegant Terns, Bolinas Lagoon; © Sami LaRocca

Bolinas Lagoon

October 1st @ 7:00 am

Here's a chance to see some shorebirds as they migrate south after breeding. During the fall, some birds like Elegant Tern and Heermann’s Gull take advantage of the west coast of California to feed their summer-hatched generation. We’ll be observing this on our tour around Bolinas Lagoon. Other species we may see are shorebirds: Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Sanderlings, and sandpipers along the beach. Offshore, we’ll be looking for south-migrating species such as Common, Pacific and Red-Throated Loons. Meet at 7:00…

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Green Heron at West Pond; © Jo Ellen Ryan

Birding Walk at West Pond

October 2nd @ 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 8AM May-September, and 9AM October-April.

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LeConte's Sparrow; Abbotts Lagoon

The Big Chase

October 6th @ 6:00 am

Please join us for our annual Big Chase field trip.  Fall migration should be in full swing and there should be many shorebirds, raptors and passerines to see. The locations which we visit and the rare birds that we try to see are dependent on what has been reported on the Northern California RBA and local listservs. We will meet at 6:00 AM in the Park and Ride lot off of Mace Boulevard (northeast of Highway 80 and just down from…

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Ibis Colony Sketch © Alison Kent

Introduction to Nature Journaling

October 12th @ 8:30 am

Nature Journaling has increased in popularity recently. Learn to augment your field trip notes with sketches and words that lend a personal touch to your observations in the field. Certified California Naturalist Alison Kent will review different styles, media, tools and will have some of these available for you to try out while she covers some of the basics of sketching in nature. No experience necessary. While birds will be the prime focus, anything in nature is worthy of attention…

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