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, March 2, 2017 Program: Snowy Plovers - Karine Tokatlian
Birding Information: Kelly Davidson Chou, the District Biologist for the Mt. View Sanitary District, will provide an update on the McNabney Marsh Nesting Raft Program. She will explain how these artificial floating "islands" enhance nesting habitat for shorebirds in the wetlands, review some of the success and concerns of the program, and discuss the ongoing issues surrounding wetland habitat loss in McNabney.
Karine with a Snowy Plover chick
(Photo by Savannah Robinson)
Main Program: Western Snowy Plovers in the south San Francisco Bay nest on former salt evaporation ponds and since 2003, the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory has monitored these cryptic, federally threatened shorebirds. Unfortunately their population continues to struggle in the South Bay with mounting predator pressure and habitat loss due to tidal marsh restoration. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is investigating the method of using oyster shell habitat enhancement to maximize breeding success in the wake of their changing environment.
Karine Tokatlian manages the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's Plover Program and oversees plover-related research and monitoring activities. Karine has a B.S. in Field and Wildlife Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is currently working toward an M.S. in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. She has nine years of professional experience monitoring protected breeding bird populations along the California coast, including the Western Snowy Plover and California Least Tern.
More detailed information about the March 2017 program is available in our March 2017 Quail newsletter.
Thursday, April 6, 2017: International Bird Rescue - JD Bergeron