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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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November 2019

Pileated Woodpecker; © Deb Ford

Lake Solano County Park / Putah Creek

November 2nd @ 7:30 am

On this trip we will visit Lake Solano County Park where Putah Creek runs between Yolo and Solano Counties.  We will be looking for resident species as well as those that spend the winter in the area.  The oak woodland, riparian habitat and creek can result in bird sightings that include Osprey, Phainopepla, Wood Duck and hopefully several species of woodpeckers. There could be some surprises like Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker and Bald Eagle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the parking…

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White-breasted Nuthatch, Deb Ford

Bobcat Ranch

November 3rd @ 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 fairly easy hike will be roughly two miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of about 235 ft.  We will follow the creek north from the parking lot for about a mile.  It’s a lovely hike and we should see some good birds. We will meet in Winters at Steady Eddy’s at 8:30 am, and will…

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Great Egret, Beth Savidge

Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges

November 9th @ 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. Easy viewing for birders. Never disappointing! The rare…

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Sandhill Cranes, © Deb Ford

Cosumnes River Preserve

November 16th @ 7:00 am

Cranes, geese, swans, ducks, shorebirds and, of course, lots of sparrows.  In the morning, we will leisurely bird the trails through the riparian forest near the visitor center and in the adjacent marsh.  After lunch on the deck at the visitor’s center, we will be roadside birding by marshes and fields along Desmond and Bruceville Roads watching all the time for the Peregrine Falcon that frequents a nearby microwave tower. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Park-N-Ride lot off of…

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Plate-billed Mountain Toucan; © Benjamin Jacobs-Schwartz

Feathers and Flight: Journey to the New World Tropics

November 20th @ 7:30 pm

Bird guide, naturalist and photographer Benny Jacobs-Schwartz will take us on a gripping journey throughout the New World Tropics. Sharing his dazzling bird photos, captivating videos and animated story-telling, he brings a slice of the tropics to California. Delving into the subjects of migration, tropical speciation, and drivers of bio-diversity, this media rich journey will share some of the fascinating and unique birds that inhabit the new-world tropics. Sure to both educate and entertain, this presentation will leave you with…

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December 2019

Sandhill Cranes; © Beth Savidge

Christmas Bird Count ID Workshop & Drawing 2019

December 4th @ 7:00 pm

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…

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Pileated Woodpecker; Lake Solano; 2018 CBC

49th Annual Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count

December 15th @ 12:00 am

Yolo Audubon will host our 49th consecutive Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 15th. Learn all about our CBC, including contact information for Area Leaders here. The CBC is held no matter the current weather conditions. (Much of the country will doing their respective counts in snow and icy-cold conditions.) In order for Area Leaders to be able to prepare and make appropriate assignments, please sign up to participate ASAP.  Contact information for Area Leaders is here. Come to our CBC…

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Compiling and Eating; photo courtesy Sami LaRocca

Post-CBC Compilation and Potluck Supper

December 15th @ 5:00 pm

Please join us for our traditional post-Christmas Bird Count compilation and potluck supper. Preliminary statistics from the CBC will be tallied and we'll run through the species list, noting high counts and low counts. All CBC participants are invited. Please bring a dish to share. To help keep the event as 'green' as possible, please bring non-disposable plates and utensils for each person in your party. (If you forget, Yolo Audubon will have paper plates, plastic ware, cups and napkins. We will…

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January 2020

Sanderling, © Bart Wickel

Bodega Bay

January 11th @ 7:00 am

This all-day trip is limited to 12 participants with priority given to those with some birding experience but unfamiliar with common winter birds of the Pacific coast and/or with birding at Bodega Bay, a world-class birding location. Harbor mudflats, ocean beach, and rocky headland for ducks, grebes, loons, gulls and shorebirds in one compact area – Bodega Bay, Harbor and Head, and Doran Beach. Winter weather can be surprisingly good, but be prepared for cold and wet with layers, hat…

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eBird: Every Bird Sighting Matters

January 15th @ 7:30 pm

Yolo Audubon Society’s January program will feature Kirk Swenson, a long-time birder, software engineer and member of the Yolo Audubon Society’s Checklist Committee. He will be speaking on eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. Kirk will deliver a primer on using eBird to facilitate and record your bird-watching outings, maintain personal lists of birding locations and species seen, and contribute to citizen science. The…

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Ferruginous Hawk, photo Pam Pappone

Robinson Road: Hawks & Plovers

January 18th @ 7:30 am

This trip is by reservation only.  There will be a maximum of 19 people in 5 cars.  Carpooling will be necessary. Join us for a trip to the pastures of southeastern Solano County to search for overwintering raptors & other winter visitors.  We will search fields, perches and farm equipment.  Prior trips have seen 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. Beginning birders…

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Adult Bald Eagle, Rumsey Bridge, Kevin Guse

Raptor Ramble

January 25th @ 7:30 am

Please 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, plenty of liquids and dress in layers.  If you have one, a spotting scope would be…

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