San Mateo County, California
February 9, 2017
Sunda – A Land of Birds, Beasts and Dragons
Rare Arctic bird leaves fans flying
The Great Backyard Bird Count 2017
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages and abilities in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. It is particularly suitable for beginners! Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
SAS will be supporting this Global event by hosting eight field trips over the weekend. There are multiple choices on each day of the four-day event, so bring along your family and friends for a great weekend birding in San Mateo County!
Here's the list of the GBBC field trips:
Pillar Point Harbor – Friday, February 17, 9:00am – 11:00am
Sawyer Camp Trail Segment – Friday, February 17, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Beginning Birding on the Bayshore – Saturday, February 18, 9:30m – 11:30am
Ross Cove to Seal Cove – Saturday, February 18, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Cascade Ranch, Coastal San Mateo County – Sunday, February 19, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Birding the border 1 – San Franciscquito Creek and O'Connell Pond Sunday, February 19, 8:30am – 11:00am
Edgewood County Park – Sunday, February 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Birding at Jasper Ridge – Monday, February 20, 8:00am – 11:00am
Birding the Borders Series 2017
SEQUOIA AND SANTA CLARA VALLEY AUDUBON
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are blessed with some of the best birding in California! In 2017 SAS and SCVAS are collaborating to bring a series of three field trips that will be held along the borders between our two counties. Destinations include:
1. San Francisquito Creek and O'Connor Pond – February 19, 8:30am
2. Los Trancos and Monte Bello OSP – date to be determined
3. Menlo Park/Palo Alto along most westerly sections of San Francisquito Creek – date to be determined
Each trip in this "package" of field trips will be run by our most experienced and popular field trip leaders from both SAS and SCVAS, so come along and enjoy "Birding the Border" with us!
If you are interested in helping to shape the future of Sequoia Audubon Society please consider joining the
Board. While all members' ideas are welcome and encouraged, participating as a Board or Committee Member increases the opportunity to get involved in the "nuts & bolts" of the chapter. We have several open positions at this time, as shown below. Please have a look and let us know if you (or anyone you know!) are interested by contacting Sequoia Audubon at: (650) 529-1454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Open positions include:
- Program Committee: Help arrange speakers for the monthly meetings.
- See the Volunteer Page for other opportunities to help Sequoia Audubon Society
Bringing Wildlife Home: Creating Backyard Gardens for Birds
Switching to natives and incorporating bird-safe components doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. A mosaic of native gardens in urban setting can mitigate habitat loss by providing effective food, shelter, breeding sites and migration refugia. Transitioning to natives prepares backyard habitats and wildlife for climate change, reduces water use, and provides a path for active, positive action.
Is a Drone disturbing Wildlife?
What you can do if you see a drone disturbing wildlife:
- Contact the Redwood City Police "non-emergency" number 650-780-7100
- Contact Department of Fish and Game by using the CalTIP program
- Get the license plate number of the drone operator's vehicle.
- Obtain a photo or video of the operator using the drone in a manner, which is disturbing the birds. However, do not put yourself in danger while doing this.
Baby Birds in Distress
To report a baby bird in distress please contact the Peninsula Humane Society Wildlife Rescue,
650-340-7022, or take it to their center at 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo
If at all possible please leave the baby where it is because the adults will usually continue to feed and care for it.
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Learn Bird Sounds and Benefit
San Mateo County eBird Records
The immense power of the eBird database lends itself to instant availability of data. An independent developer has devised this latest invention - AccuBirder (formerly BirdTrax) - which we have adapted to show rarities seen in San Mateo county over the past month. AccuBirder constantly updates, with the most recent sightings first. Clicking on a sighting will open a map in a new tab showing the location. Click on an observer to open the checklist containing that sighting in a new tab.
For more information visit the AccuBirder website.
Sequoia Audubon Society protects native birds and other wildlife and their ecosystems in San Mateo County by engaging people of all ages in conservation, education, advocacy and enjoyment.
Become a Member of Sequoia Audubon
The Sequoia Audubon Society is committed to equal opportunity and abides by all relevant laws and regulations. All Sequoia Audubon programs and volunteer opportunities are administered without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin, age, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical, mental or sensory handicap, or any other basis prohibited by law. However, Sequoia Audubon reserves the right to exclude volunteers who do not support its goals.