Raptor Migration Redux - Cornell Labs Newest Look at Raptor Migration & ID
Brian Sullivan - Cornell eBird & Raptor Project Leader
Join us for a rare evening dedicated to exploring Cornell's latest raptor migration in detail, preview the new Raptor ID and better understand when and where to find raptors. A combination of spectacular photos and videos taken by Brian Sullivan and noted raptor expert, Jerry Liguori will be featured. Cornell Labs is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds using technological innovations like eBird to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all skill levels. The Wine Country Nature Lecture Series is in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks and is based at the Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. At door - $8.00
Coyotes in our Midst
Learning to Live with North America's Native Song Dog
Speaker - Camilla H. Fox, Executive Director
Coyotes may be coming to a place near you! Keeping coyotes wild and wary is the key to successful coexistence. Discover Coyote behavior, biology and the beneficial role coyotes play in our urban ecosystems. How to avoid conflict between domestic animals and Coyotes. Why lethal coyote control doesn't work. The Wine Country Nature Lecture Series is in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks and is based at the Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. At door - $8
Martinez, CA—The John Muir Association has announced the recipients of its 36th annual John Muir Conservation Awards, and—like John Muir’s—their work has both a local and global outreach. Tom Rusert & Darren Peterie of Sonoma Birding are the 2013 "Conservationists of the Year". Bruce Hamilton - Deputy Executive Director, Sierra Club will present the awards. This year marks 100 years of John Muir’s legacy since his death and is the 50th Anniversary of the John Muir National Historic Site.
Sonoma Valley Sun
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.
Birdathon for Kids at Point Reyes
Experienced birders will lead small teams of approximately 4-6 kids each (with parents along to observe, assist and help transport birding teams). Groups will scour unique habitats within the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. Our goal is to record 20 species per hour. The 90-minute hike will be followed by a compilation celebration at the West Marin School. Meet at 1:00 pm at The Church Space in the Dance Palace at 503 B Street in Point Reyes Station. Bring snack, water, binoculars; spotting scope (optional); hiking boots, warm clothing; snack; western field guide (optional). $5.00 (sign up)
3rd Annual Wine Country Optics & Nature Festival
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.
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
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
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.
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
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