San Mateo County, California
Global Warming and Birds
Meetings are at the
NEW DEVELOPMENT THREATENS FOSTER CITY SHELL BAR AND THOUSANDS OF BIRDS
Sequoia Audubon joined environmental groups to protest construction of the Foster City Marina Center. After a majority of speakers at the February 23rd Foster City Council meeting spoke against the project, the Council tabled consideration of the Foster City Marina Center because of citizen concerns over the environment, overdevelopment, schools and traffic.
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
Friday, February 13th - Pescadero Marsh
Saturday, February 14th – Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay
Sunday, February 15th – Pigeon Point
Monday, February 16th – Coyote Point
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
In the wake of the "Mystery Goo" event, Wildlife Emergency Services is offering an Oiled Bird Rescue training on February 20th at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 10:00 to 4:00.
The class is $60.00.
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 www.peninsulahumanesociety.org
If at all possible please leave the baby where it is because the adults will usually continue to feed and care for it.
|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: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/MigratoryBirds/Coffee/default.cfm|
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 smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com 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.
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.
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.