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Fall 2018


The MDAS Education Committee (including Maren Smith and Rosalie Howarth, shown) has mounted an informative display designed by MDAS member Michele Sheehan, in the Rotary kiosk near the Heather Farm natural pond with support from Rotary and the City of Walnut Creek. The display features extensive explanations focusing on 40 bird species seen there (supplemented with an illustrated bird ID brochure) and relevant conservation issues.

Mt. 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, Look Big! - Surviving Animal Encounters with Rachel Levin, will be held on Thursday, December 6, at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek.


Gull Identification, as described on the Education Page

Monthly Educational Programs:
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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Young Birders Club:

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.

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The Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc.

M D A S   U p d a t e s :

December Quail Available Online

New Nov/Dec field trips added!

Gull ID class added to MDAS Education offerings

New Heather Farm Photo Brochure
- From our Education Committee for the Rotary Kiosk

MDAS Guidelines for Contacting Elected Representatives
- From our Legislative Committee

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East Bay Bird 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 Bird Yahoo Group for bird watchers in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and the San Francisco Bay area.

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.

Mar. 12, 2018 Notice: Some members are experiencing difficulty with posting/receiving sightings. This is reported from other Yahoo bird sightings groups as well. Our MDAS team is working with technical support from another birding group in the area to resolve these issues.

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