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— The April - June 2018 Newsletter is now available online —

Upcoming Meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2018
7pm at the San Mateo Garden Center
Additional meeting information

"Winter Birding in Japan"
Speaker: Alvaro Jaramillo

Additional Program Information

(No meeting in July or August.)


Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada
Blakiston's Fish-Owl, illustration by J G Keulemans (1884, Public Domain)

Barry Sauppe Legacy – A Day of Birding and Celebration

Saturday, April 28th, 6:30am - afternoon

Join us for a morning of birding followed by a no-host informal lunch and story-telling to celebrate the life of long time San Mateo County birder Barry Sauppe.

We will start the day with an early morning sea-watch at Pigeon Point, then visit a few coastal hotspots for some land-birding.

Our morning birding adventures will be followed by a no-host informal lunch on the coast. Our lunchtime gathering will be enlivened by story-telling by those who knew Barry well. Barry's rich legacy of birding in San Mateo county is a part of our colorful history!. Details for the no-host informal lunch, locations and logistics to be provided for those who RSVP.

Please RSVP by April 20th.

RSVP to Leonie Batkin

or Malia DeFelice

Obituary on

Barry Sauppe

Barry Sauppe, "Mr. Pigeon Point"

Photo by Donna Pomeroy

The annual Christmas Bird Counts for San Mateo County are among Sequoia Audubon's favorite traditions. Sequoia's first Crystal Springs count was in 1948 with Santa Clara Audubon and began regular annual counts in 1955. The Año Nuevo Count began in 1972.

Christmas Bird Counts a Great Success!

The 2017-2018 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season is now completed; once again, Sequoia Audubon's two counts - Crystal Springs and Año Nuevo - were excellent! The CBCs are among the oldest ongoing citizen-science projects, and here in San Mateo county, they provide an impressive data set. The Año Nuevo count produced numerous rarities enroute to a species count of over 160, while the Crystal Springs CBC netted around 180 species. The efforts of Leslie Flint, Gary Deghi, and Al DeMartini to organize, run, and compile these two counts are herculean: they could use some help in future years, and are willing to train apprentices! We are also grateful to our Secret Santa who paid for the CBC dinners - that's a big help to everyone, and much appreciated.

In addition to the two counts sponsored by our chapter, two other counts cover parts of our county: the Palo Alto CBC, and the San Francisco CBC. Don't forget to participate in them, too, if you are able, to increase the percentage of our county that gets good observers onto our wintering birds.

The Half Moon Bay Review embedded a reporter with one of our teams; see the story here.

Additional information on the CBC here.

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.

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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.

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