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2014-15 Christmas Bird Counts for Kids in Northern California

Napa County CBC4Kids (Napa, CA) - Sun. Dec. 7, 2014 (8:30am - 1:30PM)
Sponsors Napa-Solano Audubon & Connally Ranch. Contact: Wendy Schackwitz,
925-963-4871  Click to sign up

Ft. Ross State Park CBC4Kids (Jenner, CA) -
Mon. Dec 8th (9:00 - 1:00pm)
Sponsors - Fort Ross State Park, Contact:
fortross.interp@parks.ca.gov or call to sign up - 707-847-4777

Mayacamas CBC4Kids (Santa Rosa, CA) -
Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 (8:30am - 1:00pm)
Sponsors - Pepperwood Preserve, Safari West, & Petrified Forest. Meet at Dwight Center.
707-591-9310  Click to sign up

Madrone Audubon CBC4Kids (Petaluma, CA) -
Friday, Jan. 2nd 2015 (9:00am - 1pm)
 Sponsors - Petaluma Wetlands Alliance & Petaluma Parks & Recreation Dept.
Contact: Al Hesla,
a.hesla@comcast.net or call to sign upDec 707-965-9411

Point Reyes CBC4Kids (Pt. Reyes National Park) -
Sat. Jan 10, 2015 10am - 3pm.
Sponsors - Pt Reyes National Park. Contact: Jessica Taylor,
info@ptreyes.org or 415-663-1200 x304  Click to Sign Up

Sacramento Audubon CBC4Kids (Carmichael, CA) -
Sat. January 10, 2015 9am - 1pm
Sponsors - Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Contact: Maureen Geiger,
916-444-0804 or mkgeiger@sbcglobal.net Click to sign up

Sonoma Valley - CBC4Kids (Sonoma, CA) -
Sun. Jan 18th (9:00am - 1:00pm)
Sponsors - Sonoma Birding. Contact: Tom Rusert,
707-939-8007.  To Sign up - sonomanature@gmail.com

Start a new CBC4Kids
Birding!
10th Annual Sonoma Valley Audubon CBC
Friday - December 26, 2014 - Dawn to Dusk.
Celebrate Sonoma's Good Nature! Great birding in Sonoma Valley for the 115th CBC. All levels of birders are welcomed!
For information and sign up contact - Eugene and Nancy Hunn -
enhunn323@comcast.net
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.
Birders
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
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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