12th Season of Nature Lectures
All public lectures are curated by Sonoma Birding in Sonoma CA. Lectures are co-sponsored with
Sonoma County Regional Parks and presented at the Veteran’s Memorial Building
126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA. 95476. (Free Parking) At door - $8.00
4th Annual Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival
Binoculars, Bat, Badgers, Beavers, Art and Music
Join us at the historic Sonoma Barracks on the plaza to Celebrate Sonoma's Good Nature! Over 50 Northern California nature organizations plus distinguished nature artists, musicians and Native American organizations. Ten world class optics companies that manufacturer binoculars and spotting scopes will demo and sell products. Even Smokey Bear will be there! A partnership with Sonoma State Parks. Free event.
Marine Mammal Care in the 21st Century - Mass strandings, oil spills and other perils
Dr. Shawn Johnson - Director of Veterinary Science
The state of the art Marine Mammal Center, headquartered in Marin Headlands, contributes to the critical understanding of the state of our greatest resource - the oceans. The center oversees 600 miles of coastline and has treated over 18,000 marine mammals since 1975. Join leading expert, Shawn Johnson, who oversees the MMC science teams efforts with mass stranding events, algae poisoning, oil spills and related marine mammal care focused on elephant seals, harbor seals and California sea lions.
Birds of the Sierra Nevada and Carbon Free Birding
Keith Hansen - Artist
Hansen is among the finest bird artists in the western United States who actually celebrated a "Carbon Free Year" of birding. The wildlife artist has dedicated his life to the "inspirational and accurate portrayal of birds," and recently finished illustrating his 13th book on birds. "I'm into the migration; the fact is that birds have their sleeping bag, their fork, their knife their spoon, their suitcase packed at all times and they can just open their wings and go to Guatemala or fly to Hawaii."
The American Badger in Sonoma Valley
Susan Kirk - Naturalist
The elusive American Badger in California has been a Special Status animal, a California Species of Concern, since 1987. Badger’s ability to sustain and biodiversity are significantly threatened in Sonoma County and in California. Much misinformation and misunderstanding about American Badger exist with the public and in the biological and regulatory communities. Bay Area. Susan will share 15 years of expertise about the badger's life cycle, seasonal behaviors, cultural myths, and important information for preserving habitat and wildlife movement areas.
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 - email@example.com
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
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.
Join the movement across North America!
In the USA - Here is the Playbook to guide you. Assistance - USA CBC4Kids email contact
In Canada - Bird Studies Canada Information - http://birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc4kids/ Assistance - firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media - Group Facebook: click here - Twitter: #CBC4Kids
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
We welcome tax deductible contributions. Send to Sonoma Birding, P.O. Box 1621, Sonoma, CA 95476