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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 2020

Great-tailed Grackles: What Makes this Adventurous Species Tick?

November 18th @ 7:00 pm

Are great-tailed grackles that are on the invasion front and actively expanding the range into new habitat, different in some way from those that are in areas where there have already been many generations of grackles? Did you know great-tailed grackles were originally restricted to Central America, but have rapidly expanded their range north into the U.S.? And, that at this time, the furthest north resident population is in Woodland? To learn the answers to these and other questions you…

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December 2020

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

December 13th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent at a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, December 13th. The workshop is free and will be conducted over Zoom. An introduction to the art of nature journaling with a discussion of tools and materials will last about 1/2 hour. No experience necessary! Participants will then be encouraged to go out and walk their patch and journal. Everyone will then reconvene at 11:15 to discuss and and share their journals and observations. Alison has…

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View from Pleasant Valley Road bridge - center of the Putah Creek count circle

50th Annual Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count

December 20th @ 12:00 am

Yolo Audubon will host our 50th consecutive Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 20th. Complete information about the CBC is located here. Due to the Covid-19 situation, there are some significant changes to the CBC protocols this year. We will confirm we are actually holding the count on Nov 15, pending local Covid ordinances. Based on current Covid regulations, we are optimistic we will hold the count.Masks or social distancing are required at all times. No carpooling with people…

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Grasshopper Sparrow; © Deb Ford

CBC Compilation Program

December 20th @ 7:00 pm

The traditional Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count Compilation 'potluck' will be held online this year. Whether you were able to join the count or not, we invite to join us to watch the returns come in. Steve Hampton and Area Leaders from the count will provide historical and regional analysis, stories from the day and, most importantly, the numbers. We promise to count every bird! Follow this link to register: Zoom limits the number of participants to 100.  After registering,…

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January 2021

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

January 10th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent at a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, January 10th. The workshop is free and will be conducted over Zoom. No experience necessary! An introduction to the art of nature journaling with a discussion of tools and materials will last about 1/2 hour. Participants will then be encouraged to go out and walk their patch and journal. Everyone will then reconvene at 11:15 to discuss and and share their journals and observations. Alison has…

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Danielle Fradet (with clipboard), Jacob McCafferty, and Lynette Williams setting up an audio recording unit in a marsh plot at Bird Haven Ranch; photo by Andy Engilis

What are Automated Recorder Units and How Can They Assist Ornithologists in the Field?

January 20th @ 7:00 pm

The Central Valley has undergone massive habitat change in the past century, creating a heterogeneous landscape. Many researchers lack the ability to undertake long-term biological monitoring on restoration projects and to measure long-term success, particularly on understudied private lands. What’s a researcher to do? To find out, join Yolo Audubon’s virtual January Members Meeting to hear featured speaker, Danielle Fradet, describe one possible solution, Automated Recorder Units, (ARU). Ms. Fradet is the first recipient of the Yolo Audubon Small Grant…

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February 2021

Sketch by Alison Ken

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

February 14th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent at a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, February 14th. The workshop is free and will be conducted over Zoom. No experience necessary! An introduction to the art of nature journaling with a discussion of tools, materials, and resources will last about 1/2 hour. Participants will then be encouraged to go out and walk their patch and journal. Everyone will then reconvene at 11:15 to discuss and and share their journals and observations. Alison…

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Shoebill; © Kevin Gusé

Uganda: Pearl of Africa

February 17th @ 7:00 pm

Kevin Gusé believes that the combination of primates, big game, and birds makes Uganda a truly unique destination. For example, did you know that Uganda is the most bird-diverse country in Africa, with an official list of almost 1,100 species? Please join Kevin as he recounts the adventures of his group during their trip in July 2019 to the “Pearl of Africa”. Kevin Gusé has been birding throughout the United States and abroad  since receiving a gift membership to (then)…

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March 2021

Sketch by Alison Kent

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

March 14th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent at a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, March 14th. The workshop is free and will be conducted over Zoom. NOTE: Clocks advance forward for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 14th. Remember to reset clocks before going to bed to avoid being late! No experience necessary. An introduction to the art of nature journaling with a discussion of tools, materials, and resources will last about 1/2 hour. Participants will then be encouraged to…

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Marbeled Murrelet; © Brett Lovelace

Marbled Murrelets: The Enigma of the Pacific

March 17th @ 7:00 pm

The Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small, cryptic seabird with a range extending from northern California up through Alaska. Like other alcids, murrelets forage in the ocean and exclusively inhabit marine environments when not breeding. Whereas most other alcids nest in large groups near the coast, murrelets typically nest solitarily on the limbs of large trees in forest sites that can be located over 50 miles inland. Unfortunately, this split habitat strategy renders them vulnerable to declines in habitat…

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April 2021

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

April 11th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent at a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 11th. The workshop is free and will be conducted over Zoom. No experience necessary. An introduction to the art of nature journaling with a discussion of tools, materials, and resources will last about 1/2 hour. Participants will then be encouraged to go out and walk their patch and journal for an hour. Everyone will then reconvene to discuss and and share their journals and observations.…

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