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Mount Diablo Audubon Society is committed to the sustainable balance of our community's people, birds, other wildlife, and habitat through conservation, education, and advocacy. Everyone is welcome to attend our educational programs. Our next meeting, Jim Burcio - Bird Carving, will be held on Thursday April 2nd at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek.

Programs of Interest Presented at Local Libraries:
Check out the following programs available at our local libraries. Click on the links for more information.

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society sponsors the Mt Diablo Audubon Young Birders Club dedicated to all things birding, by and for young people. Young People and Parents are welcome. Contact Tracy Farrington at 925-788-6223, or at for more information.

Join our East Bay Birds Sightings Group to learn the birds currently being seen in our area and to share your own sightings.

Fall is a great time to purchase our Breeding Bird Atlas at a lower price - details below.

Our monthly educational programs include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed! If you'd like to receive our educational meeting notices, provide your email address and click "Notify Me".

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Interesting Local Library Programs

April Quail Available Online

April Program Announcement - Join Us

Northern CA Daily Checklist (2015)

Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) Bi-Monthly Newsletter

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Raptors Are the Solution Newsletter

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RATS (Raptors Are The Solution) is a group of concerned citizens, agencies, and environmental groups working to educate the public about the danger to wildlife and ecosystems from using rodenticides. MDAS is recognized as a supporting group on the RATS website.

To view the current edition of RATS Tales (their bi-monthly newsletter) and/or sign up to receive future editions by email, click here.

Learn more about how you can help support this very important effort and download MDAS's conservation flyer brochure on our Conservation page.

Yosemite Birding Field Seminars

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Since 1923, Yosemite Conservancy has been Yosemite National Park's non-profit partner in education, fundraising, research, etc. One of the things they do for the park is assemble an annual series of outdoor seminars that connect people to their park, to help build an informed, literate constituency for Yosemite and other wild places.

All revenues go to Yosemite National Park.

Call 209.379.2317 Ext. 10 or with questions or for more information or checkout the Outdoor Adventures page of The Yosemite Conservancy Website.

Click here to download the 2014 Birding in Yosemite flyer.

Paton's Hummingbird Haven has been Saved

Paton's Hummingbird Haven in Patagonia, Arizona is one of the most famous sites to view hummingbirds in the United States. For 35 years Marion Paton and her husband graciously welcomed birders to their backyard habitat. Marion and Wally have both passed away and this beautiful site has been in jeopardy because the family needed to sell the property.

American Bird Conservancy, Tucson Audubon, and Victor Emanuel Nature initiated campaign to raise funds to purchase the property. They are confident that they have the money to ensure that Paton's Birder Haven will remain a birding mecca in perpetuity. However, donations are still being accepted. Checks can be sent to Paton's Birder Haven, c/o American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA 20198. Your donation is tax-deductible, and 100% will be used for acquisition and management of Paton's Birder Haven.

Thanks to all the generous donors who have made it possible to save this special place. A full list of donors is available on the American Bird Conservancy website.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Photo © Scott Menough

The Fall Season is Here - Order Your Breeding Bird Atlas Now!

The Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County by Steven Glover is now available for purchase.  For each of the 161 species of the birds that breed in Contra Costa County, the book includes current and historical status, life history information, conservation  concerns, and range maps.  The book also contains 56 beautiful drawings by Dana Gardner.   This is a terrific book and a must have for birders.

Price: $15.00 (plus $3.31 postage) - Click Here to Order

Breeding Bird Atlas

East Bay Birds Sightings Yahoo Group:

Do you want to share your bird sightings with other Contra Costa and Alameda County birders? Would you like to know where birds are currently located?

You can now do both by joining the MDAS East Bay Birds Yahoo Group for bird watchers in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and the San Francisco Bay area. The group name is "EBB Sightings".

If you don't have a yahoo account, you will need to sign up for one. It is free and easy. Go to and click on Sign Up" at the top of the page.

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If you have never joined a Yahoo Group, follow these instructions: Once you are logged into your Yahoo account, from the Yahoo home page click on the Groups link or go to Yahoo Groups. You will get a search page, enter EBB Sightings as your search and hit return. On the EBB Sightings page, click on "join this group" or the group icon and follow the prompts to enter your information. You do not need to use the yahoo email address unless you want to. To use a non-yahoo address, enter that address at "other address" and then select that address as your primary email address. Your posts will be sent from this address and posts from other members will be sent to this address. Watch your spam folder for messages initially because you may need to add or update your spam filter.

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