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— The July through September Newsletter is now available online —

Upcoming Meeting

September 10, 2020, 6:30 pm

No meetings in July or August

Program will be posted when available

Additional Meeting Information

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Sequoia Audubon has canceled all field trips at this time.
We look forward to the future when we can see you in the field again.

We also encourage participation in the iNaturalist project "Meet your nature neighbors"

Congratulations to the Sequoia Audubon scholarship recipients

ABA Camp Colorado
Photo by Jennie Duberstein of previous attendees

Sequoia Audubon is pleased to announce two youth scholarships for students age 13-18 to attend the American Birding Associations' Camp Colorado The dates are July 18-24, 2020. These scholarships will encourage youth to pursue their interests in birds, the natural world, conservation, and education. 

The scholarships were made possible by donations in honor of Robin Smith, past president, Nancy Lecich, a generous donor and many other additional donations.

Sequoia Audubon Society is pleased to announce we have awarded the two scholarships for students to attend American Birding Association summer camps.

Ava Normant lives in Half Moon Bay and she will be attending Camp Colorado in July. Ava was the wonderfully patient person who managed to capture a falconer's escaped Harris's Hawk. From her application essay: "Birds are a big part of my life and I think not just attending the camp but fully absorbing every piece of information I'm given and enjoying the week knowing I am a step closer to my dream of being an ornithologist, would be amazing".

Sava Iliev, who lives in Belmont, has chosen to attend Camp Avocet in Delaware. Sava has attended SAS field trips and he says he enjoys them greatly. Sava is an eBird user and an avid bird photographer. From his application essay: "Photography lets me share with others the beauty of birds, and I hope to use my photos to inspire others to help conserve the Earth."

Please join Sequoia Audubon in congratulating these two budding ornithologists. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, you may do so by visiting our Donate page.

Robbie Fischer

Sequoia Audubon Scholarship Committee Chair


New Photo Resource

Birds of San Mateo County on iNaturalist

Donna Pomeroy has assembled a remarkable resource for birders - a photographic guide to the 240 most common bird species in San Mateo County! Here's the link (it's on iNaturalist).

Volunteers Wanted!

If you are interested in helping to shape the future of Sequoia Audubon Society please consider joining the
Board. While all members' ideas are welcome and encouraged, participating as a Board or Committee Member increases the opportunity to get involved in the "nuts & bolts" of the chapter. We have several open positions at this time, as shown below. Please have a look and let us know if you (or anyone you know!) are interested by contacting Sequoia Audubon at: (650) 529-1454 or

Open positions include:

  • Program Committee: Help arrange speakers for the monthly meetings.
  • See the Volunteer Page for other opportunities to help Sequoia Audubon Society
For more information about these open positions, please visit our Volunteer Page.

Radio Road birds

Photo by Donna Pomeroy

Is a Drone disturbing Wildlife?

What you can do if you see a drone disturbing wildlife:

  • Contact the Redwood City Police "non-emergency" number 650-780-7100
  • Contact Department of Fish and Game by using the CalTIP program
  • Get the license plate number of the drone operator's vehicle.
  • Obtain a photo or video of the operator using the drone in a manner, which is disturbing the birds. However, do not put yourself in danger while doing this.

Baby Birds in Distress

To report a baby bird in distress please contact the Peninsula Humane Society Wildlife Rescue,
650-340-7022, or take it to their center at 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo

If at all possible please leave the baby where it is because the adults will usually continue to feed and care for it.

Have you tried our Birding Guide?


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Learn Bird Sounds and Benefit
Sequoia Audubon Society!

Ever wish you knew how to identify birds by ear? It's one of the most essential birding skills, but one of the hardest to learn. Some folks from Seattle's Audubon chapter set out to make learning bird sounds truly accessible to everyone.

The result is Larkwire: a game-based learning system that uses cognitive techniques to make it easier to learn and remember bird sounds. Combining quiz games, an extensive sound library, and tips from renowned birdsong expert Michael O'Brien, Larkwire makes the learning process not only much easier but fun. Customizable levels from beginner to advanced invite both the backyard birder and the serious student to play and learn.

The company behind Larkwire is a social venture whose mission is not only to teach birdsong; a minimum of ten percent of all proceeds go to support conservation.

Sequoia Audubon Society has joined their affiliate program; enter our code when you purchase and we'll receive 20% of the purchase price! Our code: SEQAUD

Larkwire is now available as a native app
in the Apple App Store.

Learn bird sounds with Larkwire.
It's a great tool and your purchase supports Sequoia Audubon Society!

San Mateo County eBird Records

The immense power of the eBird database lends itself to instant availability of data.

Visit this link at eBird for San Mateo Co. sightings.

Sequoia Audubon Society protects native birds and other wildlife and their ecosystems in San Mateo County by engaging people of all ages in conservation, education, advocacy and enjoyment.

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