2016 Coming Events
(Please scroll down this event page to learn more)
2016 Wine Country Optics & Nature Festival
Feathers Fins Fauna Flora Flippers and Fun!
Sunday - Sept 11th 10:00AM - 4:00PM - Free Event
20 Spain Street on the historic Sonoma Plaza
Experience the latest binocular and spotting scope technology from the biggest names in the business. A full ranger of optics and experts from across the U.S. from ten leading companies will be on hand to assist with both demos and purchase. Northern CA. conservation organizations, artists and photographers, representing a wide range of natures wonders, will be participating. The free family event, sponsored by Sonoma Birding and Out of this World Optics, will be hosted with the California State Parks, on the Plaza Mall in Sonoma, California. All are welcomed!
Point Reyes Fall Youth Birdathon (Ages 10-16)
Sunday, October 16th -10:00AM-1:00PM
On the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks, join Sonoma Birding and the Pt Reyes Nation Seashore Association to celebrate the fall bird migration at the first Pt. Reyes Youth Birdathon. Several small birding teams with experienced leaders with be established. Meet at the Pt. Reyes Red Barn - One Bear Valley Rd. Bring binoculars, bird guides and a brown bag lunch. Dress for the weather. An adult family member should accompany each participant. Teams will set out on specific birding routes in a variety of unique habitats, followed by a compilation celebration at the Red Barn with team presentations. All species will be entered on eBird. Sign up information will be posted soon. Contact sonomanature@gmail.com
City Park Habitat Spared for Nesting Season in Sonoma
It has been a bit of a traumatic spring for our feathered friends here in Sonoma, California. It was also a great opportunity to invoke the Migratory Bird Treaty and we did. With a bit of persuasion and cooperation on the spot, we managed to work with the city to save an important city habitat in the midst of nesting season while being showered with wood chips. Citizen Science at work! Birding organizations like Audubon can make a difference and educate their communities during nesting season. If we don't, who will? (photo credit - Pamela Hawken)
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
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.
How to Start Your Own “Christmas Bird Count For Kids”  (CBC4Kids)
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 - education@birdscanada.org  Social Media - Group Facebook: click here - Twitter: #CBC4Kids
The "CBC4Kids" is featured in the 2014 ABA - Birder's Guide to Conservation and Community.

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