San Mateo County, California
— The April through June Newsletter is now available online —
April 9, 2020, 6:30 pm
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
The California Center for Natural History
Dear Sequoia Audubon Members and Friends! We hope you are staying safe during San Mateo County's Shelter in Place Order. Sequoia Audubon's Board of Directors has decided to try something new:
As is the case with our usual meetings, we will launch the meeting around 6:30, with the real activities beginning around 7:00 pm on Thursday April 9. Our guest will be Damon Tighe of the California Center for Natural History.
For log in information visit the Meetings page.
Thank you for your understanding as we go through this difficult time as a community.
Sequoia Audubon has canceled all field trips at this time.
In the interim, we are hosting Wednesday "Distributed Big Days" via our Facebook page.
We also encourage participation in the iNaturalist project "Meet your nature neighbors"
Congratulations to the Sequoia Audubon scholarship recipients
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 www.aba.org/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.
Sequoia Audubon Scholarship Committee Chair
New Photo Resource
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open positions include:
- Program Committee: Help arrange speakers for the monthly meetings.
- See the Volunteer Page for other opportunities to help Sequoia Audubon Society
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.
Sequoia Audubon has registered in the
Learn Bird Sounds and Benefit
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.
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