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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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March 2019

Greater Sage-grouse, Sami LaRocca

Four Lakes and a Lek

March 29th @ 8:00 am

2019 Field Trip to Susanville and Environs Friday through Sunday, March 29-31, 2019 or Rain check - Friday through Sunday, April 5-7, 2019  Field Trip Organizer - Carl Schwedler 530-210-3104 marcialberry@icloud.com  This trip has a limited number of participants. Please contact the trip leader if interested. A three-day trip to the Susanville area to observe a Greater Sage-Grouse lek, with visits to four nearby mountain/high-desert lakes. Friday afternoon begins with a meet-up at Donner Lake (Lake #1) along the way…

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April 2019

Semipalmated Plovers, Doran Beach Jan 2017, photo Sami LaRocca

Bodega Bay

April 6th @ 7:00 am

All-day trip geared towards participants with some birding experience but unfamiliar with common spring 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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Woodland Regional Park Preview Tour

April 6th @ 9:00 am

YOLO AUDUBON MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO A PREVIEW TOUR OF THE WOODLAND REGIONAL PARK! The City of Woodland has announced a preview tour for the stake-holders on two dates in April. Yolo Audubon members are invited to participate in one of these preview tours. Yolo Audubon, Tuleyome and the Davis Explorit are three of the non-profit organizations partnering with the City of Woodland on the development of the Woodland Regional Park.   The Details Tour Dates and Times: Saturday, April…

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Woodland Regional Park Preview Tour (2)

April 14th @ 1:00 pm

YOLO AUDUBON MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO A PREVIEW TOUR OF THE WOODLAND REGIONAL PARK! The City of Woodland has announced a preview tour for the stake-holders on two dates in April. Yolo Audubon members are invited to participate in one of these preview tours. Yolo Audubon, Tuleyome and the Davis Explorit are three of the non-profit organizations partnering with the City of Woodland on the development of the Woodland Regional Park   The Details Tour Dates and Times: Saturday, April…

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JD Bergeron (© International Bird Rescue)

International Bird Rescue

April 17th @ 7:30 pm

JD Bergeron, Executive Director of International Bird Rescue located in Fairfield, CA participated in the annual nesting albatross census on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The census occurs once each year roughly between mid- December and the first week in January. The Refuge is located within the Papāhanaumokuākea Marine National Monument, approximately 1,350 miles northwest of Honolulu. JD will present all the latest information, and amazing visuals, about his work on the census to share with our community. About Midway Atoll:…

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Wilson's Warbler, photo Deb Ford

Mitchell Canyon

April 20th @ 8:00 am

Join us on Saturday April 20 for a walk in Mitchell Canyon at Mount Diablo, one of the premier sites for spring migrant birding in the East Bay. The canyon bottom contains riparian habitat bordered by dramatic chaparral-covered slopes. A nice collection of warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, vireos, and flycatchers are expected at this time of year, and there’s a good chance we will see Calliope Hummingbirds. A variety of wildflowers should also be present. We will meet at 8:00 AM…

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Anna's Hummingbird on Peach Flowers; Sarah Mayhew

Putah Creek and Gardens at Manfred Kusch’s Home

April 27th @ 7:30 am

This trip is full and has a long wait list. Tour Manfred Kusch’s birding gardens between Davis and Winters. He has cultivated his home garden and surrounding area, which border on Putah Creek, into a true birding extravaganza. He attracts a wide variety of birds in the gardens and habitat around the house, especially hummingbirds and orioles. The multi-layered vegetation on either side of the creek hosts spring migrants and residents such as grosbeaks, tanagers and a variety of warblers…

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May 2019

Western Bluebird, photo Deb Ford

Putah Creek Nestbox Highway

May 4th @ 8:00 am

THIS TRIP IS FULL Join us for a leisurely morning stroll on the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway, a breeding program for cavity nesting birds that has helped to recover Western Bluebirds and other species in the region. Families welcome. Easy walking on managed trails. Wear long pants, a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, and bring water, binoculars, and your camera. Rain or high winds will cancel. This trip will last approximately 3 hours Space is limited; please contact the trip…

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Green-tailed Sunbird, © Pam Pappone

Members’ Memories

May 15th @ 7:30 pm

The tradition continues! Our final general meeting of the year will feature presentations by Yolo Audubon members about their birding activities over the past year. Presentations should be no longer than 5-10 minutes. Bring them on a flash drive; we will provide the computer, projector, and large screen. Presentations scheduled: Pam Pappone, Birds of Bhutan Rob Floerke, Journey to Svalbard, the Arctic JoEllen Arnold, Birds of Australia and the Amazon JoAnne Fillatti, Birds of Ecuador Beth Savidge, California Sampler Sami LaRocca, Highlights of a Year:…

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June 2019

Dusky Flycatcher on nest, Yuba Pass, CA. photo Kevin Guse

Sierra Valley/Yuba Pass

June 8th @ 6:00 am

Note: If you've tried to contact Mary with no response, please try again. We've corrected her email address below. Please join us for this overnight trip into the Sierra Nevada. We will be looking for special mountain birds, including Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Evening Grosbeak, and Calliope Hummingbird. In Sierra Valley, we will be treated to the spectacle of dozens of displaying Yellow-headed Blackbirds, as well as nesting species such as Sandhill Crane, Willet, Wilson’s Snipe, Sage Thrasher,…

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August 2019

Napa River at American Canyon

August 15th @ 7:30 am

Adjacent to the Napa River is a restored shoreline walking trail; where tidal fluctuations can be observed. First we’ll walk along a large tidal lagoon looking for resting birds. After a short level walk the rising tide will bring foraging birds as they come closer to us. During this time of year fall migration is underway; we can be on the lookout for surprises along with the expected sandpipers, godwits, willets and ducks; some still in premolt into basic plumage.…

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September 2019

Ruddy Turnstone; Bodega Bay, Jan 2019; © Deb Ford

Bodega Bay

September 14th @ 6:30 am

All-day trip to view Pacific coast birds at Bodega Bay, a world-class birding hotspot. Harbor mudflats, ocean beach, and rocky headland for post-breeding seabird and shorebird migration–covering Bodega Bay, Harbor and Head, and Doran Beach. Likely to be warm but could be windy (wear sunscreen and be prepared for wind chill with layers and hat). Easy walks and good bird photo opportunities around the harbor. Departing from Davis at 6:30 am, a two-hour drive each way; we should be back…

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