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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
7:40 p.m. Social time, refreshments and door prize drawing
8:05 p.m. Educational Program

Thursday, March 1, 2018: Birds of Alaska: The Great Land - Norman Kikuchi, MD

Birding Information: By simply choosing native plants for our yards, we can restore vital habitat for birds and help them adapt and survive in the face of climate change. MDAS Conservation Chair Nancy Wenninger will present National Audubon’s Plants for Birds program, designed to enable anyone to have a positive impact by planting California natives.

Main Program:
Birds of Alaska - Norman Kikuchi
Alaska is truly a birders' paradise and it should be at the top of a birdwatcher's list to make the pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime. The Great Land in the Aleut language is "a paradise for birds", who find the vast expanses of tundra and boreal forests offer less competition for breeding sites, relative low density of predators per square mile and an insect biomass which in summer rivals that of the Amazon Basin. Alaska is an ideal place for birds to breed and raise their young.


King Eider, Least Auklets, Tufted Puffin. Photos by Norman Kikuchi

Norman has been fortunate to visit the Great Land almost annually for the past 20 years, with each visit yielding things wonderful and unexpected. His presentation will feature his photos from Nome on the Seward Peninsula, St Paul Island in the Bering Sea, Barrow on the North Slope, and Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.

Norman Kikuchi graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Zoology and minor in herpetology. He completed medical school and family practice residency at the University of California Irvine. He currently practices urgent care and occupational medicine in Redding, California. He is a lifetime member of the Santa Cruz Bird Club and a field trip leader for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

More detailed information about the March 2018 program is in our March 2018 Quail newsletter, available now.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 Program: Elephants - Jill Hedgecock

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