Sequoia Audubon Society
                              San Mateo County, California

Upcoming Meeting

All One Ocean
Speaker: Lauren Weiner
Thursday, February 12, 7:00pm

Program Details Here

Meetings are at the
San Mateo Garden Center

Plumbeous Kite
Lauren W. Weiner

SAS and San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Volunteer Opening

Roberta, our volunteer who was monitoring the egrets and herons that nest at Seaport Center by the Redwood City Port, will no longer be available to monitor the colony. Sequoia Audubon Society has a special interest in protecting these birds. Is there anyone who might like to become members of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Colonial Waterbird Program citizen science team and take over monitoring the colony for us?

Additional Information

Training for new volunteers is on Saturday, January 31st at 2pm.

Sequoia Audubon Society’s
2014 Christmas Bird Count

Additional Information on this year's event & registration form

Great Backyard Bird Count

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! Sequoia Audubon has scheduled several mini field trips that you can attend from February 13-16, 2015. After the trip(s), you will be able to enter your count results on Ebird and track results from around the world on the GBBC website. Of course, you can enter counts from your backyard and other birding locations that you visit throughout the four day period as well.


By Rich Ferrick

SAS Field Trips for GBBC:

Friday, February 13th – Bayfront Park, Menlo Park

Saturday, February 14th – Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay

Sunday, February 15th – Pigeon Point

Monday, February 16th – Coyote Point

More information on our Field Trip page

California State Parks Field Trips for GBBC:

Friday, February 13th– Francis Beach

Saturday, February 14th – HWY 1, two miles south of Pescadero Creek Road

Sunday, February 15th – Pescadero State Beach/Marsh

Monday, February 16th – Burleigh Murray State Park

Click for more information

A Radio Road Ponds Update is on our Conservation Page

Have you tried our Birding Guide?


Please consider supporting Sequoia Audubon Society with a tax-deductable donation.

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Your support is greatly appreciated.

Pacifica Snowy Plovers Get Protection

By Margaret Goodale

It was a thrilling morning for 45 volunteers on Friday, August 15, 2014 when Pacifica State Beach Snowy Plovers, a threatened species, finally received a sliver of flat beach where they will no longer face constant threats from human and canine disturbance.  With the capable help of a Public Works crew, over 950 feet of symbolic fencing was installed and decorated with signs designed by Ocean Shore School second graders.

This project was spearheaded by the Pacifica Shorebird Alliance. The funding came from Audubon California and was managed by SAS. It provided for all materials, tools, and the production of charming signs using drawings by ten local school children.

Kelley Nelson of Audubon California, the remarkable State Parks representatives Nelle Lyons and Joanne Kervabaz, SAS's Leslie Flint, and Kate Symonds from USFWS joined the happy volunteers.  Symonds will be overseeing compliance for USFWS funding of the regulatory signage and permanent fence that the city will eventually erect along the bike path east of the plover habitat and dunes.


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.

SMBC Coffee logo During our monthly public meetings SAS proudly serves Bird Friendly coffee certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). SMBC Bird Friendly® coffee is 100% organic, shade grown and represents the highest level of certification available. SAS serves SMBC coffee because it supports our mission, to conserve and educate. For more information on SMBC coffee and how to purchase some visit:
Amazon Smile logo

Sequoia Audubon has registered in the Amazon Smile Program.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Sequoia Audubon every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

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 group has devised this latest invention - BirdTrax - which we have adapted to show all the species seen in San Mateo county over the past week. BirdTrax constantly updates, with the most recent lists first. Checking on any species will show you all the lists that include that species over the past week; clicking on a location will show you all checklists from that location in the same time period.

For more information, or to report problems, visit the BirdTrax 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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