2014 Our Coming Events
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Spring Nature Lecture Series:
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Brian Sullivan
Thursday, April 17th 7:00-8:30PM
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
Thursday, May 29th 7:00-8:30PM
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
Special Recognition:
John Muir Association Conservation Award
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
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.
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 - 1PM-4PM
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)
Bird and Binoculars
Sunday, Sept.14th - 10AM-4PM (FREE)
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.
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
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