2014 Our Coming Events
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Sonoma Birding's Wine Country Nature Lecture Series is in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks. All public lectures are at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. (Free Parking) At door - $8.00
judy Irving
Wednesday, Oct. 8th 7:00-8:30PM
Pelican Dreams: Ready to Fly!!
Guest Speaker - Judy Irving - Sundance & Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker
Judy Irving, a Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker known for The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, is coming to Sonoma. Now it’s pelicans and their ancient magic, near-extinction and recovery paralleling our human relationship to the environment. One August afternoon, a confused, tired, and very hungry young pelican landed on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge, causing a spectacular traffic jam and providing the beginning of a perfect narrative arc for this film. Come see clips and hear from International Bird Rescue experts, who provided rehab care for “Gigi” (the pelican named for Golden Gate).  Veteran’s Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. (Free Parking) At door - $8.00
judy Irving
Saturday, Nov 1st 3:00PM
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a 2003 documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Judy Irving. It chronicles the relationship between Mark Bittner, an unemployed musician who is living rent-free in a cabin in Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California, and a flock of feral parrots that he feeds and interacts with -- cherry-headed conures, mainly, but also two blue-crowned conures, one of which is named Connor. Bittner also wrote the book by the same name on the subject. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 1st Street East, Sonoma, Ca 95476 - Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00.
judy Irving
Saturday, Nov 1st 7:00PM
Pelican Dreams - North Bay Premier
Meet guest director Judy Irving and Mark Bittner in person at the Saturday premier. The International Bird Rescue team will be on hand. The work of Executive Director, Jay Holcomb will be remembered. Perhaps no one on Earth contributed more to our understanding of how to save birds harmed by oil spills and other environmental disasters than Jay. Sebastiani Theatre, 476 1st Street East, Sonoma, Ca 95476 - Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00.
Trailers - vimeo.com/93517184 and vimeo.com/102655510
Breck Parkman
Wednesday, Nov. 19th 7:00-8:30PM
Sonoma - A Serengeti Plain
Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist - CA. State Parks
"It was a California Serengeti," Parkman said, "only our animals were even more diverse than the Serengeti's." In 1972, the tusk, lower jaw and tooth of a Columbian mammoth was discovered at nearby Bodega Head. Mammoth and mastodon teeth had been found previously in the area. Parkman will unearth Sonoma during the late Pleistocene, the very end of the last Ice Age, when Sonoma resembled something significantly larger than the Serengeti Plains.
Special Recognition:
John Muir Award
John Muir Association Conservation Award
April 2014 - Darren Peterie and Tom Rusert, co-founders of Sonoma Birding based in Sonoma CA, received the 36th annual John Muir "Conservationists of the Year" Award. The award was presented at the 100th Anniversary celebration of both Muir's birthday & his enduring legacy. In the history of public wilderness preservation, Muir's achievements are unmatched. He was the founder of the Sierra Club in 1892 and "Father of our National Parks". The conservation awards were presented at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.

Sonoma Valley Sun
Sonoma Index-Tribune
2014 Events of Interest:
Plaza Map Self Guided Tree Tour
New 2014 Self-Guided Tree Tour of the Historic Sonoma Plaza
The map and tour was first created in 2008 by Tom Rusert of Sonoma Birding as a "outdoor classroom" for community education. The walking tour highlights the abundance of unique trees in this arboretum that represent a wide range of countries. Historic monuments are highlighted and a list of some of the amazing urban birds recorded in this habitat is included. Special thanks to Scott Summers, cartographer and designer and Carolina Kestel designer. The tour map is also available at Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau on the plaza.
Bird and Binoculars
Sunday, Sept.14th - 10AM-4PM (FREE)
3rd Annual Wine Country Optics & Nature Festival
Connecting Nature, Culture and Community
Sonoma Birding will host another festive day long event featuring most of the major binoculars and scopes companies in the USA along with extraordinary nature organizations along with distinguished nature artists and authors from Northern California. Free family event and free parking at the beautiful Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476. Download the Flier
How to Start a New “Christmas Bird Count For Kids”
Join the movement across North America! Here is the Playbook to guide you.
In the USA -
USA CBC4Kids contact
In Canada -
Bird Studies Canada - Canada CBC4Kids Planning Package
Social Media - Facebook:
click here - Twitter: #CBC4Kids
The "CBC4Kids" is featured in the 2014 ABA - Birder's Guide to Conservation and Community.
Birds in flight
113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Sonoma Valley - 2012 Results

Here are the results by area for Sonoma Valley. This year we have two birds never recorded in the eight year event: the Eastern Phoebe and the Red-naped Sapsucker. Rare bird forms will be submitted to National Audubon. - Unofficial Results

In Flight
Birding Hotspots in Sonoma Valley and Surrounds
A great variety for all levels of birders with driving directions and helpful descriptions...all within 30 minutes of the historic Sonoma Plaza. Birding Maps

Binocular Boot Camp was a Success @ North Bay Science Fair
Sonoma Birding's hands-on binocular boot camp hosted over 260 youngsters plus their parents, helping to “unleash the inner citizen scientist”. Parents and kids were taught basic binocular skills so they could enjoy bird watching and the more adventurous sport of birding. Many were preparing for the upcoming Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) offered in the Bay Area.
Binocular Tests
Binocular Tests
Binocular Tests

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl Installation Project
Sonoma Birding, Sonoma Land Trust and USF&W Service partnered to install three new burrowing owl artificial habitats at the SLT Bay Center. There are a total of 10 dual entry units installed at Sears Point in Southern Sonoma. The objective for Sonoma Valley and surronds is to expand a sustainable and safe wintering habitat for the BUOW. Press articles on past installation in Sonoma Valley - 1st Article, 2nd Article

Sonoma Birding
Sonoma Birding was founded in 2004 in Sonoma Valley, CA. as a volunteer "citizen science" based conservation organization that has established sustainable bird and nature related activities and programs for all ages through a variety of partnerships in the United States and Canada. Sonoma Birding is a Non-profit 501c 3, Tax ID # 94-2524840. A project of Inquiring Systems, Inc (ISI) CA.

We welcome tax deductible contributions. Send to Sonoma Birding, P.O. Box 1621, Sonoma, CA 95476