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Sonora on Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm:

Birds & Issues of the Central Valley – “California’s Serengeti” with Barry Boulton, CSAS President

The Central Valley is California’s portion of the Pacific Flyway that’s critical for the rich variety of bird species who breed in the insect-rich and protected north of the American continent, and then migrate south to over-winter in the Central Valley or merely stop to refuel here and fly on south to warmer climes. It is the perfect time to observe, enjoy and respect so many ducks, shorebirds, geese and, of course, the beautiful Sandhill Cranes.
It was very nearly not so; a century of “reclaiming” (draining and destroying mislabeled as “reclaiming”) wetlands and controlling water for agriculture, ranching and mining has resulted in the loss of 95% of those wetlands in California, and the damming of just about every trickle of water.
Ironically, when we look at the several wildlife refuges with their abundant winter bird life, they appear as conservation successes, but in fact the primary forces that forced their creation were the very forces that caused such avian losses, namely, agriculture and hunting! When you look at the total area comprising Central Valley wildlife refuges (State and Federal), it is pitifully small, and rarely do any of them have robust water supplies, which puts their futures (and those of the dependent birds) in great jeopardy, especially in the context of climate change and still-increasing human populations. We’ll talk about this history, view and discuss the birds that are at risk in the valley, and consider what this all means for the future of this flyway.

Our monthly Tuolumne County meetings take place at 6:30pm followed by refreshments in the County Library on Greenley Road

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Arnold on Wednesday, December 4 at, 6:00 pm:

Round-table Bird Discussion

We will repeat a program from last year whereby we sit around a table in our local coffee shop and talk about our own sightings, impressions and so on of the birds in our backyard, locality or vacation trips; in fact, we share anything about birds, or just enjoy the conversation and camaraderie with like minds. John Sutake, who always has a lot of fascinating topics, thoughts and ideas in his head, will lead the discussion and then it goes to wherever it goes!
Please arrive at 5:30pm to order dinner and keep the program om-time.

Our monthly Calaveras County meetings are moved around the county to enable every community to easily participate. This program will take place at 6:00pm at Bistro Espresso, 1225 Oak Circle Drive, Arnold, CA 95223

 

 

Board Meetings

Our board meetings usually are the third Wednesday of the month, September through May, and are at 3:30pm.  Audubon members are welcome to attend these meetings. For information on next meeting you may call Barry Boulton at (209) 596-0612 or email him at rbarryboulton@gmail.com.