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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

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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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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Yellow Warbler; © Manfred Kusch

Blind Sightings on 100 Feet of the Yolo Bank of Putah Creek

October 16th @ 7:30 pm

The guest speaker at the October meeting is Yolo Audubon member Manfred Kusch.  He will give a talk about the highs and lows of five years in his photo blind on Putah Creek.  The presentation will, of course, feature many of his amazing photographs. The Yolo Audubon monthly meeting will take place at the Davis Senior Center (646 A St, Davis, CA 95616).  The program starts at 7:30 p.m., but everyone is invited for refreshments and conversation at 7:00.

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Lincoln Sparrow, Beth Savidge

Sparrow Bingo Field Trip

October 26th @ 7:30 am

Fall migration is largely over and the winter birds are settling in. Join Steve Hampton and Michael Perrone for a local jaunt around Yolo County. The challenge: to find as many species of sparrows as possible. As believers in the rule that when you search for one bird, you discover another, expect anything on this trip-- the sparrows are just the excuse to get out and about. This will also be a good trip to practice birding by ear. Route…

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Quoth the Raven... (© Deb Ford)

Davis Cemetery

October 27th @ 8:00 am

Come look for birds and friendly goblins at the Davis Cemetery on this Halloween weekend. 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, Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Dark-eyed Juncos,…

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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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