Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Upcoming Meeting

Photography Trip to Madagascar
Searching for Endemics
Speakers: Bob and Sue Cossins
June 9, 2016

Program Details Here

Meetings are at the
San Mateo Garden Center

The photo at right is of a Short-Legged Ground-Roller
taken by Bob Cossins

Short-Legged Ground-Roller

SAS GBD 2016
Click to domate, see instructions above

Audubon Canyon Ranchnemophila heterophylla

Audubon Canyon Ranch on Bolinas Lagoon is open to the public weekends and holidays from now through July 31. While the herons and egrets have not returned, Visitors are encouraged to hike over eight miles of fern-lined trails, discover ponds with newts and other aquatic life, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and explore the bookstore, as well as take in views of the birds on Bolinas Lagoon. On weekends, volunteer ranch guide naturalists are on hand to lead hikes and answer questions about the history, stewardship and preservation of the Preserve.

For many years members of Sequoia Audubon volunteered as Hosts on weekends. ACR still needs your help. If you are interested in volunteering to be a host, please go to our Host SignUpGenius.

Bringing Wildlife Home: Creating Backyard Gardens for Birds

native garden display

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.

Visit the Bringing Wildlife Home page

Radio Road birds

Photo by Donna Pomeroy

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.

How to Properly Clean Your Bird Feeders

If you have dead or sick birds in your yard:

• Immediately REMOVE bird feeders and birdbaths.
• Disinfect with bleach solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach.)
• Scrub well to remove all debris and allow to soak 10 - 20 minutes.
• Rinse very well and allow to dry.
• Do not rehang feeders or bird baths for at least one month after the last sick or dead bird is seen in your yard.
• Resterilize and allow to dry before rehanging.
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling feeders or baths.

If you have not yet seen sick or dead birds:

Please use the following guidelines as preventative measures to protect your local birds from a outbreaks of Salmonella and other avian diseases. These measures should also be practiced as regularly scheduled maintenance to ensure healthy birds:

• Bird feeders should be disinfected every two weeks regardless of disease outbreaks.
• Bird baths should be emptied and cleaned daily regardless of disease outbreaks.
• For feeders: Do not use wooden feeders (see link below). Immerse feeders in bleach solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach.) Soak 10 minutes, scrub, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry fully, ideally in the sun, before refilling (a dry feeder will deter mold growth on seeds).
• For baths: You can make a 9:1 bleach solution in a jug to bring outside. Scrub with a hard brush, cover with board while soaking to prevent birds bathing in bleach, rinse very thoroughly, allow to dry before refilling.
• For hummingbird feeders: NO BLEACH! Change food often. Clean and fill with only enough to last 1-2 days (sooner if gets cloudy/moldy). Use vinegar and water in a 9:1 solution (9 parts water to 1 part vinegar) and special bottle brushes to get into small holes. Rinse thoroughly!
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling feeders or baths.

Click here for additional information on Wild Care Bay Area.

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.

Have you tried our Birding Guide?


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Learn Bird Sounds and Benefit
Sequoia Audubon Society!

Ever wish you knew how to identify birds by ear? It's one of the most essential birding skills, but one of the hardest to learn. Some folks from Seattle's Audubon chapter set out to make learning bird sounds truly accessible to everyone.

The result is Larkwire: a game-based learning system that uses cognitive techniques to make it easier to learn and remember bird sounds. Combining quiz games, an extensive sound library, and tips from renowned birdsong expert Michael O'Brien, Larkwire makes the learning process not only much easier but fun. Customizable levels from beginner to advanced invite both the backyard birder and the serious student to play and learn.

The company behind Larkwire is a social venture whose mission is not only to teach birdsong; a minimum of ten percent of all proceeds go to support conservation.

Sequoia Audubon Society has joined their affiliate program; enter our code when you purchase and we'll receive 20% of the purchase price! Our code: SEQAUD

Larkwire is now available as a native app
in the Apple App Store.

Learn bird sounds with Larkwire.
It's a great tool and your purchase supports Sequoia Audubon Society!

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.

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