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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 2020

Sketch © Alison Kent

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

September 13th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent on a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, September 13th. The workshop 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. 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. Please contact Alison at ali@magpienest.org for a zoom link.

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Lake Berryessa Panorama; © Marc Hoshovsky

The Nature and Geology of the Berryessa Region

September 16th @ 7:00 pm

Berryessa Panorama; © Marc Hoshovsky Yolo Audubon’s first online program of the year takes you on a virtual tour of the Berryessa Region with Marc Hoshovsky, co-author of the new book, Exploring the Berryessa Region: A Geology, Nature, and History Tour. Marc will give us an understanding of the Berryessa Region, particularly the geological story that has created this fascinating landscape. He’ll explain the formation of features that most people have seen, like the vertical sandstone beds at Monticello Dam,…

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October 2020

Sketch by Alison Kent

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

October 11th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent on a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, October 11th. 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. To register for the…

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Colusa NWR; © Mike Reinhart

Behind the Scenes on A National Wildlife Refuge: Preparing for Fall and Winter Migrants

October 21st @ 7:00 pm

Curtis McCasland is the manager of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Refuge Complex consists of Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, Sutter, and Sacramento River NWR's. Curt will take us behind the scenes to present what Managers, Biologists, and Technicians do to prepare the wetlands for both the migratory birds and the visitors that come to see them. Participants will learn how the knowledgeable staff work together to incorporate practices to provide food, cover, and safety for migratory birds. In addition,…

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November 2020

Nature Journaling with Alison Kent

November 8th @ 9:00 am

Join Alison Kent at a virtual Nature Journaling workshop starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, November 8th. 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. Alison has assembled this…

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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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