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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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November 2017

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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47th Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count

December 17th @ 12:00 am

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count began as an alternative to the Christmas “Side Hunt” and has since become a fine tradition with tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas braving the elements to take part in the effort. This long-term dataset has proven invaluable, providing a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past century. Yolo Audubon Society’s count circle is centered on Putah Creek and was initiated in 1971. Nearly 250…

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January 2018

Tricolored Blackbird Update

January 17th @ 7:30 pm

The featured speaker at Yolo Audubon’s January 17th meeting is Dr. Bob Meese, one of the leading experts on tricolored blackbirds. He has worked with the species for 13 years and will present a summary of his research, including a review of their natural history and remarkable breeding biology.  The tricolor is currently under review for possible listing under the federal Endangered Species and California Endangered Species Acts, and Bob will describe the efforts to monitor and conserve the species,…

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Adult Bald Eagle(Rumsey Bridge-Cache Creek), photo Kevin Guse

Raptor Ramble

January 20th @ 7:30 am

Please come join us to try and find as many raptor species as possible in a full day of birding.  We will focus on Yolo County, but we may visit adjacent counties as well in our quest. In addition to the more common species, our targets will include Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon and Rough-legged Hawk. Bring binoculars, lunch, water and dress in layers. If you have one, a spotting scope would be really…

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Group of long-billed dowitchers. © Beth Savidge

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

January 28th @ 7:30 am

Join us for a morning of birding at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA)! The YBWA is one of the premier spots for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds in the central valley. We should see 14+ species of waterfowl and will put in special effort to look for locally uncommon to rare species including Ross’s Goose, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, and Blue-winged Teal. Besides waterfowl, we will expect to see American Bittern, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, and Long-billed Curlew and try…

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February 2018
Sanderlings, Doran Beach Jan 2017, photo Sami LaRocca

Bodega Bay

February 3rd @ 6:30 am

For winter birds of the coast – Bodega Bay, Harbor and Head, and Doran Beach offer ducks, grebes, loons, gulls and shorebirds in one compact area.  Winter plumages offer interesting identification challenges.  Good bird photo opportunities around the harbor. Weather can be surprisingly good in winter, but be prepared for cold and wet with layers, hat and gloves – easy walks.  Only a major rainstorm will cancel the trip.  Meet 6:30 AM at the Marketplace Shopping Center, in the parking…

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ferruginous hawk, photo Pam Pappone

Robinson Road

February 4th @ 7:30 am

Join us for a trip to the pastures of southeastern Solano County to search for resident and overwintering raptors & Mountain Plovers.  We will search fields, perches and farm equipment.  Prior trips have spotted Prairie Falcons, Merlins, Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Rough- legged hawks and Mountain Plovers.  We hope to see these and many more species during this trip.  Little walking is anticipated.  Wear appropriate winter wear, the area is generally windy.  Bring water, snacks and/or lunch. Bring binoculars and…

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Image of an Andean Motmot

Birding In Colombia

February 21st @ 7:30 pm

Field trip guide and photographer, Kevin Gusé will present a travelogue of his 2017 trip to Colombia at the February members' meeting. Colombia was essentially off limits to birders for many years due to security issues stemming from political unrest. It is now relatively safe and more accessible to birders than ever before. With a varied landscape resulting in a rich avifauna, Colombia boasts the largest species list of any country in the world (over 1900 species recorded to date)!…

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March 2018
Great-horned Owls, photo Deb Ford

Local Owling

March 4th @ 3:00 pm

This trip is an outing to look specifically for owls. There are five owl species that the group may see: Great-horned, Barn, Burrowing, Short-eared, and Western Screech. All of the search locations are publicly accessible, so tour participants will be able to return on their own. The trip will leave from the Davis Park-N-Ride off of Mace Blvd. just east of Ikeda’s. The owling participants will meet at 3pm on March 4th and plan to be out until dark. Everyone…

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