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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 2018

California Scrub-Jay, Lori Maloney

Woodland East Regional Pond

November 4th @ 8:30 am

Introduction to Bird Watching – Birding Walk for Novices 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 detention pond, landscaped with native plantings that attracts both resident and migrant birds. This location has easy-walking pathways and viewing platforms will this enhance…

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Verreaux's sifaka - photo by Ann Brice

On the trail of Madagascar Endemics — Birds, Lemurs, Chameleons and more!

November 14th @ 7:30 pm

Madagascar is a must-see place for any birder or naturalist. Having been isolated for over 80 million years, it is a unique biogeographic region referred to by some as the eighth continent. All of its native land mammals are indigenous including over 70 species of lemurs, a primate group largely confined to Madagascar. Of the more than 250 species of birds found there, over half are endemic, including six families of birds found only there and on some small nearby…

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December 2018

Great Blue Heron with crayfish, photo Mary Hanson

Woodland East Regional Pond

December 2nd @ 8:30 am

Introduction to Bird Watching – Birding Walk for Novices   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 detention pond, landscaped with native plantings that attracts both resident and migrant birds.   Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD) will partner with Yolo…

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Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count and Compilation Potluck

December 16th @ 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 2019

YAS members at Bobcat Ranch, photo D. Wiederhoefer

Bobcat Ranch

January 6th @ 8:30 am

THIS TRIP IS FULL 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 – a hike we have not done before.  We will meet in Winters at 8:30 am, and will be done…

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Williamson's Sapsucker - Photo by Steve Shunk

How Woodpeckers Can Save the World (or at least your local woodland!)

January 16th @ 7:30 pm

North American woodpeckers perform multiple keystone roles in the ecology of our forests and woodlands. More than 40 North American bird species, dozens of mammals, and innumerable invertebrates depend upon woodpeckers for their own lifestyles. However, humans need habitat, too, as well as wood products and agricultural resources. By clearing forests, felling snags, and suppressing fire, we have prevented woodpeckers from doing their jobs. Learn the basics of woodpecker natural history, anatomy, and ecology, and prepare to become new ambassadors…

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ferruginous hawk, photo Pam Pappone

Robinson Road: Raptors & Mountain Plovers

January 19th @ 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 on the go. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope, if you have one.  STRONG winds or heavy rain cancels the trip.  All…

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Volunteers at Capay Open Space Park; photo Tanya Meyer

Planting Party at Capay Open Space Park

January 22nd @ 9:00 am

(Rescheduled from Jan 16th.) In 2016, the Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD) received a grant from the State of CA to enhance wildlife habitat at Capay Open Space Park.  The YCRCD and its partners are enhancing and expanding habitat features in the forty-acre parcel, located along Cache Creek in Capay.  This involves restoration of oak savannah and native streamside vegetation and improvements to the prairie/grassland, including plantings to support pollinators. The Yolo Audubon Society agreed to help with restoration…

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February 2019

COHA eating HOSP, Kevin Guse

Field Trip: Raptor Ramble

February 2nd @ 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, plenty of liquids and dress in layers. If you have one, a spotting scope would…

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Semipalmated Plovers, Doran Beach Jan 2017, photo Sami LaRocca

Bodega Bay

February 9th @ 7:00 am

All-day trip geared towards participants 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 and gloves.  Only a major rainstorm will cancel…

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View from Bobcat Ranch (Frank Fogarty)

Fire, Grazing, and Wintering Bird Communities at Bobcat Ranch

February 20th @ 7:30 pm

Frank Fogarty will be presenting recent research that he and Chris Adlam, a fellow doctoral candidate at UC Davis, conducted at Audubon's Bobcat Canyon Ranch near Winters, California. Their field work from 2016-2018 examined how recent fires, cattle grazing, and vegetation influence the diversity of the wintering bird population across the ranch. Many California bird species have been studied extensively on their breeding ranges, but far less is known about their ecology in winter. Bobcat Ranch presented a fascinating natural…

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