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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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October 2017
Canada Goose with Goslings © Beth Savidge

West Pond Walk

October 4th @ 9:00 am

Join a 2-hr birding walk with the Friends of West Pond the first Wednesday of every month. Meet at the park at the west end of Isle Royale Lane in Davis, 9 a.m. October through May, 8 a.m. June through September. For more information contact Gene Trapp, (530)756-6291.

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Yellow-throated Warbler, credit Kevin Guse

The Big Chase

October 7th @ 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 that 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 are looking forward to another wonderful day this fall! We will meet at 6:00 AM in the Park and Ride lot off…

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Birds of the Great Basin

October 18th @ 7:30 pm

The October 18th Yolo Audubon meeting will feature Frank Fogarty, an ecology doctoral student at the University of California, Davis, who will present a talk on the natural history and ecology of Great Basin birds, with a focus on his research in riparian communities. In the central Great Basin, montane riparian areas exist as small islands within the larger, arid landscape. Although riparian areas cover less than 1% of the total land area in the Great Basin, more than 50%…

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Wood Duck © Beth Savidge

Lake Solano/Putah Creek

October 21st @ 7:30 am

On this trip we’ll go to Lake Solano where Yolo County borders Solano County to look for Fall regulars. Bird sightings may include residents such as Osprey, Phainopepla, Wood Duck and hopefully several woodpeckers. There could be some surprises like Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker and Golden Eagle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the parking lot at Big 5 in the Marketplace Shopping Center, in Davis, 1301 W. Covell Blvd. All levels of birders are welcome.  Trip will conclude early afternoon.  Bring…

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Turkey © Beth Savidge

Davis Cemetery Halloween Trip

October 29th @ 8:00 am

Sunday, October 29       Davis Cemetery Come look for birds and friendly goblins at the Davis Cemetery on this Pre-Halloween bird walk. The 28-acre cemetery is a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. Many species of birds are attracted to this suburban woodland and the historic swale. The cemetery is well known for a large flock of Wild Turkeys. Several species of raptors are regular at the cemetery, including the White-tailed Kite, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Barn Owl. Western Bluebirds,…

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November 2017
Wood Duck © Beth Savidge

West Pond Walk

November 1st @ 9:00 am

Join a 2-hr birding walk with the Friends of West Pond the first Wednesday of every month. Meet at the park at the west end of Isle Royale Lane in Davis, 9 a.m. October through May, 8 a.m. June through September. For more information contact Gene Trapp, (530)756-6291.1

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Egret © Beth Savidge

Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges

November 4th @ 7:30 am

We will visit the Sacramento NWR north of Colusa and then the Colusa NWR. Both have driving tours so we will spend most of the time in cars. SNWR has a short walking tour on level ground as well as a very nice visitor center with restrooms. Colusa has a large, accessible observation deck. These two refuges host thousands of wintering waterfowl, as well as resident and migrant songbirds, owls and raptors. There is easy viewing for birders - never…

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House Wren with Ladybug © Sarah Mayhew

Bobcat Ranch Tour

November 12th @ 8:30 am

Join us for a morning of hiking at Audubon California’s Bobcat Ranch, located in the foothills of the Coast Range just west of Winters.  Our moderately easy hike will be roughly two miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of about 300 ft.  We will meet in Winters at 8:30 am, and will be done hiking around 12:00 pm.  Space is limited to 16 people.  Please contact Stan Hunter for more details and to sign up for this hike at stanton.hunter@gmail.com…

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Double-Crested Cormorants

November 15th @ 7:30 pm

Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) are seabirds known to use urban structures as nesting habitat. The old east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the eastern portion of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge have hosted the two largest colonies of this species in the region. However, now these colonies are declining, and structures they once used to nest on are either being dismantled or blocked off for maintenance activities. So it begs the question: where will the cormorants nest in…

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White-crowned Sparrow, credit Ken Ealy

Bird Walk for Novices; Woodland East Regional Pond

November 18th @ 8:30 am

This free trip is for participants who are new to bird watching, or just curious about wild birds. This trip is appropriate for children 5 yrs. and older. The Woodland East Regional Pond, also known by local birders as the Farmers Central Pond, is a storm water catchment, landscaped with native plantings that attracts both resident and migrant birds. Easy-walking pathways and viewing platforms will this enhance this outing. When water is available, the pond hosts Canada Geese, Great &…

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December 2017
Great Blue Heron. photo credit Ann Brice

West Pond Walk

December 6th @ 9:00 am

Join a 2-hr birding walk with the Friends of West Pond the first Wednesday of every month. Meet at the park at the west end of Isle Royale Lane in Davis, 9 a.m. October through May, 8 a.m. June through September. For more information contact Gene Trapp, (530)756-6291.

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Group of long-billed dowitchers. © Beth Savidge

Christmas Bird Count ID Workshop

December 6th @ 7:30 pm

Come join Christmas Bird Count coordinator and expert birder Steve Hampton for our annual bird identification workshop and preparation for the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count to be held December 17, 2017. The evening will be fun, as well as educational! Steve will go over identification of bird species we expect to see on the count and you can sign up to join one of the ten count groups. We will also be holding our annual fundraising drawing for various nifty…

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