2016-2017 Coming Events
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12th Annual Sonoma Valley Audubon Christmas Bird Count (Dawn to Dusk)
Friday - December 30, 2016
It's a King Tide year! Last year SV-CBC counted 172 species in our designated circle, which ranked among the best counts in the U.S.! The Audubon tradition is 117 years old in America with over 2,100 CBC. SV's nine regions are sub-divided into three or four teams per areas. Contact the leader of your team from the previous year. Otherwise e-mail the count compiler, Gene Hunn, at
enhunn323@comcast.net, to be assigned to an area team.

Tabulation dinner - 5:30PM at Sonoma Community Center - Rm 110, 276 East Napa St. Sonoma 95476. Dinner $10 at door. Please RSVP -
enhunn323@comcast.net (pic. credit - Pamela Hawkins)
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2016-17 Christmas Bird Counts for Kids (Northern CA)
Join this birding tradition at any of these half day family friendly outdoor birding celebration! This is geared to youngsters ages 8-16. A participating adult per child is required. Some of these nature organizations will have separate activities for younger children ages 4-7. Learn more from the sponsoring organizations by clicking on the link. Volunteers assistance is always appreciated. Happy Holidays! - Watch a fun example of a CBC4Kids - KIDS VIDEO

December 3 (Saturday) - 3rd Annual Napa County CBC4Kids - (8:30am - 12:30pm)
Sponsored by Napa Valley Library, Connolly Ranch and Napa-Solano Audubon.
Based at 580 Coombs St, Napa, CA
- Sign up

December 10 (Saturday) 6th Annual Mayacamus Christmas Bird Count for Kids (8:30am - 1:30pm)
Sponsored by Pepperwood Preserve, Safari West and Petrified Forest in Santa Rosa, CA.
Information and
Sign up

December 10 (Saturday) 7th Annual Marin Christmas Bird Count for Kids (9:00am-12:30pm)
Sponsored by Richardson Bay Audubon Center & WildCare Family Adventures.
Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael,CA. Sign Up Information - 415-453-1000 ext. 17
- Sign up

January 7 (Saturday) - 8th Annual Petaluma CBC4Kids - (9:00am - 1:00pm)
Sponsored by Petaluma Wetlands Alliance and Petaluma Recreation Department.
Information - 707-486-9030
- Sign up

January 7 (Saturday) - 5th Annual Sacramento Audubon CBC4Kids - ages 6-9 (9:00am- 12:30pm)
Sponsored by Sacramento Audubon and Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, CA.
Information - Mara Weston at 916-208-3222
- Sign up

January 8 (Sunday) - 7th Annual Point Reyes National Seashore CBC4Kids (10:00am - 3:00pm)
Sponsored by Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association, Pt Reyes National Park and Sonoma Birding -

January 8 (Sunday) - 5th Annual Consumnes River Preserve CBC4Kids- ages 10-16 (9:00am- 12:30pm)
Sponsored by Sacramento Audubon and Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Galt, CA.
For information email mkgeiger@comcast.net - Sign up

January 14​ (Saturday) - 9th Annual Sonoma Valley CBC4Kids (9:00am - 1:00pm)
Based at the historic Sonoma Barracks​, ​20 Spain ​St., Sonoma​ -​ 95476​.
Sponsored by Sonoma Birding, California State Parks, SSU Biological Outreach and​ ​Sonoma County Regional Parks.
Email participant names and ages to
sonomanature@gmail.com or call 415-302-5601

​January 21 (Saturday) - 2nd Annual San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge CBC4Kids (8:30am-1:30PM)
Sponsored by SFBNWR, SF Bay Wildlife Society, Coyote Hill Regional Park in Fremont,CA.
Information - ​Carmen, ​510-792-0222 ext. 476
- Sign up

Start a new CBC4Kids

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Feb. 17-20th - Great Back Yard Bird Count
Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Learn more here. (pic credit - Peter Ferguson)
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November 2016 to April 7, 2017 - Project Feeder Watch
A winter long survey of backyard birds. Everyone, no matter your skill level is welcomed to participate. The data helps scientists track broad scale movement of bird in North America. Learn more here. (pic credit - Cornell Labs)
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?
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
Events of Interest:
Plaza Map Self Guided Tree Tour
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