Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Upcoming Meeting

March 9, 2017
7pm at the San Mateo Garden Center
Additional meeting information

Cave Creek Canyon and the Chiricahua's
Speaker: Bob Power


Additional Program Information

 

Bob Power

The Great Backyard Bird Count 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages and abilities in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. It is particularly suitable for beginners! Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

SAS will be supporting this Global event by hosting eight field trips over the weekend. There are multiple choices on each day of the four-day event, so bring along your family and friends for a great weekend birding in San Mateo County!

Here's the list of the GBBC field trips:

Pillar Point Harbor – Friday, February 17, 9:00am – 11:00am
Sawyer Camp Trail Segment – Friday, February 17, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Beginning Birding on the Bayshore – Saturday, February 18, 9:30m – 11:30am
Ross Cove to Seal Cove – Saturday, February 18, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Cascade Ranch, Coastal San Mateo County – Sunday, February 19, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Birding the border 1 – San Franciscquito Creek and O'Connell Pond Sunday, February 19, 8:30am – 11:00am
Edgewood County Park – Sunday, February 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Birding at Jasper Ridge – Monday, February 20, 8:00am – 11:00am

Additional Details & a downloadable flyer can be found on the SAS Field Trip Page



Birding the Borders Series 2017

Santa Clara & Sequoia Audubon logos

SEQUOIA AND SANTA CLARA VALLEY AUDUBON

San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are blessed with some of the best birding in California! In 2017 SAS and SCVAS are collaborating to bring a series of three field trips that will be held along the borders between our two counties. Destinations include:

1. San Francisquito Creek and O'Connor Pond – February 19, 8:30am
2. Los Trancos and Monte Bello OSP
– date to be determined
3. Menlo Park/Palo Alto along most westerly sections of San Francisquito Creek
– date to be determined

Each trip in this "package" of field trips will be run by our most experienced and popular field trip leaders from both SAS and SCVAS, so come along and enjoy "Birding the Border" with us!

Download the Flyer

 


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 office@sequoia-audubon.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
For more information about these open positions, please visit our Volunteer Page.

Bringing Wildlife Home: Creating Backyard Gardens for Birds

native garden display

Switching to natives and incorporating bird-safe components doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. A mosaic of native gardens in urban setting can mitigate habitat loss by providing effective food, shelter, breeding sites and migration refugia. Transitioning to natives prepares backyard habitats and wildlife for climate change, reduces water use, and provides a path for active, positive action.

Visit the Bringing Wildlife Home 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?

SMCBG

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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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