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Monthly Programs

Our monthly educational meetings include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed!

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. You are welcome to join us for the entire meeting or just the Educational Program.

6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Birding Information
7:25 p.m. Chapter Announcements and Business
8:05 p.m. Educational Program

Thursday, October 5, 2017: Waterbird Research and Conservation - Max Tarjan

Birding Information: Kelly Davidson Chou, the District Biologist for the Mt. View Sanitary District, will discuss the many challenges for successfully managing for nesting bird success in McNabney Marsh including an update on the Nesting Raft Project. She will explain how these artificial floating "islands" enhance nesting habitat for shorebirds in the wetlands, review some of the successes and concerns of the program, and discuss ongoing wetland habitat loss in McNabney Marsh due to tide gate operations.


Max Tarjan

Main Program:
Thirty-five years of waterbird research and conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. The San Francisco Bay Area offers important habitat for nesting and migratory birds at the center of the Pacific Flyway. This region also supports a large human population, and has lost an estimated 90% of historic tidal marsh habitat to urban development, industry and agriculture. For more than 35 years, SFBBO has led Bay Area citizens studying and in protecting the area’s remaining waterbirds and their habitats. During this talk, you will learn about three projects that contribute to the Waterbird Program’s mission of conserving waterbirds and their habitats: (1) California Gull Population Monitoring, (2) the Salt Pond Restoration Project, and (3) Colonial Waterbird Monitoring. These projects rely on rigorous data collection, citizen science, and local partnerships to understand bird habitat use and inform conservation actions.
Max Tarjan is an ecologist with interests in animal behavior and teaching. In pursuit of understanding diverse ecosystems, Max researched animal behavior in Bermuda, Panama, Kenya, and Indonesia while completing a BA at Princeton University. Max developed new methods to analyze marine mammal habitat use and earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Max is currently the Waterbird Program Director at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, a local non-profit that is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats. She is also an instructor and offers professional development in undergraduate education through the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators.

More detailed information about the October 2017 program will be available in our October 2017 Quail newsletter, available mid-September.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 Program: Kaua'i History - Gordon Beebe

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