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Yolo Audubon Society runs field trips and monthly program meetings, all of which are free and open to the public.

It also runs the Putah Creek Christmas Bird Count (December). An ongoing citizen science activity has been the Breeding Bird Atlas.

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September 2018

LeConte's Sparrow, Abbott's Lagoon, PRNS, photo Kevin Guse

Point Reyes

September 23rd @ 6:00 am

Please come 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…

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October 2018

Connecticut Warbler, Mendoza Ranch, PRNS; Kevin Guse

The Big Chase

October 14th @ 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 that 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 I-80 and just down…

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Mike Lynes. Photo by Ann Brice.

Audubon Priorities in the California Legislature

October 17th @ 7:30 pm

Audubon California’s Director of Public Policy Mike Lynes will speak about the many wins – and a few losses – for Audubon priorities in the 2018 California legislative season. These include efforts to protect migratory birds, create habitats for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds throughout the state, put California on track to be carbon-neutral by 2045, and fund important natural resources agencies such as the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mike will also discuss how Audubon California is preparing for 2019,…

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Lincoln Sparrow, Beth Savidge

Yolo County Sparrows Field Trip (can’t think of a better name!)

October 20th @ 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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Great White Heron, Lori Maloney

Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges

October 27th @ 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…

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Great-horned Owls, photo Deb Ford

Davis Cemetery

October 28th @ 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 2018

Golden Eagle ; Jim Dunn

Lake Solano

November 3rd @ 7:30 am

On this trip we’ll go to Lake Solano where Yolo County borders Solano County to look for Fall regulars. Bird sightings may include residents such as Osprey, Phainopepla, Wood Duck and hopefully several woodpeckers. There could be some surprises like Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker and Golden Eagle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the parking lot at Big 5 in the Marketplace Shopping Center, in Davis, 1301 W. Covell Blvd. All levels of birders are welcome.  Trip will conclude early afternoon.  Bring…

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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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