The Bats of Northern California - Dispelling flights of fancy about bats
Speaker - Mary Jean Quirk - President, Northern California Bats
Blind as a bat is a myth! We are surrounded by a variety of bats that play a very significant role in our environment. There are 1,100 species of bats in the world and we know very little about them. Millions of bats are currently dying in the United States. Come and experience live bats and learn about this amazing and mysterious gentle flying mammal. The lecture is a partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks - Veteran's Memorial Bldg 126 1st Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476 -$5.00 at the door. Driving Directions Join us!
Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival
Meet the company experts from Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Pentax, Kowa, Opticron, Celestron and more. Experience the newest spotting scope, cameras and binoculars on the market! Nearly one thousand people attended the event at Cornerstone Sonoma last year. Stroll through award winning gardens, shops and visit with over 25 major nature nonprofits from around San Francisco Bay. Biggest optics show in Northern CA. Don't miss it! Cornerstone Sonoma is located at 23570 Arnold Dr. Sonoma, CA 95476 - Driving Directions
River Otters Back in the Bay Area - Charismatic, Elusive & Secretive Mammals
Speaker - Megan Isadore - Co-founder - River Otter Ecology Project
After a hiatus of nearly three decades...the river otter is back! Otters were once found in almost every creek and lake in Northern California, but their numbers seriously dwindled until the 1970s because of hunting, habitat loss and pollution. Particularly harmful was mercury which seeped into the crayfish, clams, mussels and other shellfish that otters dine on. The lecture is a partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks - Veteran's Memorial Bldg. 126 1st Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476 -$5.00 at the door. Driving Directions Join us!
Saving America's Bald Eagle
Speaker - Glenn Stewart - Founder, CA. Bald Eagle Recovery Program
Bald eagles, unique to North America, disappeared from most of California by the time Glenn Stewart began efforts to restore the species to Central California in the mid 1980s. Today, we are seeing the results as bald eagles are once again nesting locally. Hear a first hand account of how bald eagle chicks were brought from Canada, carefully raised in Central California wilderness and then released to seed a new population. Bald Eagles are now nesting in Northern California.
The lecture is a partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks - Veteran's Memorial Bldg, 126 1st Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476 -$5.00 at the door. Driving Directions Join us!
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
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
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