The Return of the Wolf
Amaroq Weiss, Wolf Organizer & Expert, Center for Biological Diversity
California's first confirmed wild wolf in nearly 90 years is here! OR-7 has found a mate and is raising puppies just over the border. A big wake-up call for Californian's is evolving rapidly. The state's wolf management plan could set the tone for the rest of the U.S. The wolf is here – the question is... will we be ready to protect this complex endangered species? Join us for an exciting evening of education, awareness and updates on this major new challenge.
Pelican Dreams: A Work in Progress
Judy Irving - Sundance & Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker
Know for ‘The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill’. Now its pelicans and their ancient magic, near-extinction and recovery paralleling our human relationship to the environment. One August afternoon, a confused young pelican landed on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge, causing a spectacular traffic jam and providing the beginning of a perfect narrative arc for this film.
Sonoma - A Serengeti Plain
Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist - CA. State Parks
"It was a California Serengeti," Parkman said, "only our animals were even more diverse than the Serengeti's." In 1972, the tusk, lower jaw and tooth of a Columbian mammoth was discovered at nearby Bodega Head. Mammoth and mastodon teeth had been found previously in the area. Parkman will unearth Sonoma during the late Pleistocene, the very end of the last Ice Age, when Sonoma resembled something significantly larger than the Serengeti Plains.
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.
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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