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, January 4, 2018: Magic of the Snowy Owl - PBS Nature Video
Birding Information: The Peregrine Team of Pine Canyon is a diverse group of volunteers who educate park visitors about the annual nesting closure zone for Peregrine Falcons in Mount Diablo State Park (Feb 1-July 31). One of the team members, Brian Richardson, will share information about local Peregrine Falcon history, a typical "patrol" experience, and fun facts about Pine Canyon's other natural wonders.
Snowy Owl and young
Magic of the Snowy Owl - PBS Nature Video
Throughout the long months of the Arctic's frozen winter, the sun remains below the horizon. The cold is intensified by the darkness, making life difficult, if not impossible, for all but the toughest and most experienced of animals. Snowy owls are built for the challenge, their every sense and skill honed to take on the eerie, bleak world. When the brief Arctic summer approaches, bringing light back to the tundra, snowy owls embark on an even more daunting challenge than keeping themselves alive. They breed and attempt to raise young in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Once summer arrives, they will have just 82 days of sunlight to successfully raise a family of helpless owlets until they are ready and able to fly.
Documenting the degree of difficulty involved in those efforts, a team of filmmakers must face some challenges of their own as they set out to record the rarely observed daily lives of a breeding pair of snowy owls. Though "snowies" naturally stand out for their beauty, intelligence and charm, in their eerie, bleak Arctic home it is their determination and survival skills that are truly magical.
More detailed information about the January 2018 program is available in our December/January 2017/18 Quail newsletter.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Program: Bob Lewis - Bird's Rainbow