Altacal Audubon Society
A California Chapter of the National Audubon Society
Mission: To promote the awareness, appreciation, and protection of native birds and their habitats through education, research, and environmental activities.
In all our areas of interest (e.g., Field Trips,
Education, Conservation, etc.) we are trying to get things
done more efficiently and effectively by asking members to
contribute in any way they can by contacting a Committee
Chairperson or other Board member and offering to help in some
area of interest. There's no need to sign on for a
particular position or office and you can be sure you'd be
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - 15th Annual SNOW GOOSE FESTIVAL of the Pacific Flyway, January 23 - 26, 2014
Audbon Society plays a huge role in organizing and hosting
this wonderful community event. The Altacal board and several
members are involved at all levels. Making a difference in our
community is what we all strive to do. We are hoping for an
even more successful event this year! If you are interested in
volunteering please call Jennifer Patten for further
information at 345-9356 or email@example.com.
Dr. Gail Jones from North Carolina
University invites Altacal members (and others) to take a Hobbyist
Survey at http://ncsu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_7OOsR9G0Pkp5I2N.
December - Member's Slide Show
Monday, December 9, 2013 6:30 p.m. Chico Creek Nature Center
December is a special month and we will celebrate it at the Altacal Program by inviting members and friends to share some photos they have taken over the past year. Our annual members’ slide show is a favorite program for many. There are always some great new, and sometimes old, pictures to see and tales of how they were gotten, to hear. Join in and bring a few of your own photos of birds/wildlife/nature (on disk or memory stick). We will have plenty of time for all who want to participate. Also at this program we will hear about plans for the annual Chico and Oroville Christmas Bird Counts taking place over the following two weekends. Call or email Jennifer Patten (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we know ahead of time how many will be showing photos.
Black & White Warbler near Sacramento River
by Tom Pritchard
January - 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway
Wednesday - Sunday, January 22-26, 2014, Chico, California
Altacal Audubon is having their biggest program of the year! All sorts of wonders are in store for birders and outdoor enthusiasts of all skills and ages at the 15th Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, Wednesday - Sunday, January 22 - 26, 2014. There are things to do, take a hike, stroll along a river and see a White-tailed Kite. Learn a duck call, view a swan, and hear the cranes calling on and on. Snow Geese Galore, people don’t get bored, when you see thousands take off and soar! Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls, raptors are what they’re called. With over 60 field trips, workshops and presentation, free family activities, exhibits, vendors, and the amazing Pacific Flyway Art Exhibit at Avenue 9 Gallery, the festival is a great opportunity to spend the day or all five-days learning about the natural wonders of the Pacific Flyway and its inhabitants.
Our featured speaker at this year’s “Gathering of Wings” Banquet & Silent Auction on Saturday night, will be Debi Shearwater, Seabirder Pioneer, and owner of Shearwater Journeys, Inc. From field guides to national marine sanctuaries to seabirds saved and seabirds on the brink, she will take us on a journey covering her experiences and insights gained from nearly 40 years and thousands of days at sea off the central coast of California to ends of the Earth — the High Arctic and Antarctica.
Registration begins in early December. For early notification of our exciting field trip and workshop schedule, be sure you are on our email list and “like” us on Facebook as that is a great source for instant Festival information and updates.
December 1, Sunday - The Great Fly-out - Llano Seco Viewing Platform
Trip Leader: Jennifer Patten
This year’s Great Fly-Out field trip will be at Llano Seco Viewing Platform on 7-Mile Lane or along Road Z. We’ll go where the geese and ducks are. At dusk thousands of waterfowl fly-out from the ponds to nearby fields to feed at night. As the sky fills with birds, the sound of their wing eats and calls is incredible. Meet at Llano Seco Viewing Platform on 7-Mile Lane by 3:45 pm. Bring a folding chair, hot beverage, warm clothing, binoculars, scope and field guide. Heavy rain cancels. For more information please call or email Jennifer Patten, 530 345-9356, email@example.com.
January 11, Saturday - Second Saturday - Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary
Trip Leaders: Raina and Steve King
For our January "Second Saturday", join Steve and his daughter Raina at Oxidation Ponds, behind the Waste Water Treatment Plant. For waterfowl in the winter, and only 4 miles from Chico, this place is hard to beat. The walk is a little under 2 miles and will probably last about 3 hours. If you preferred to keep the walk shorter, you can just walk out to the viewing blind and enjoy the birds from the blind. This will shorten the walk to about a mile round trip. The walk is flat and graveled to the viewing blind.
Let's meet at the Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary at 2 pm. Walking in the afternoon keeps the sun mostly at our back and the temperatures warmer. We should be back to the parking lot before 5 pm. To get there go west on W. 5th Street from Hwy 32 in Chico. Follow W. 5th Street, which becomes Chico River Rd, for 3.9 miles. The wildlife viewing parking area is 300 yards past the main entrance to the water treatment plant, on the left.
Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, water, walking shoes and proper clothing for the expected weather conditions. There is a chemical toilet on the way out to the viewing blind. Rain cancels. For more information contact: Steve King at 530-566-6136.
Oroville CBC, 2012
by Andy Tomaselli
|This year Altacal Audubon Society
will participate in the annual Audubon Christmas
Bird Count. More than 50,000 observers nation-wide
participate each year in this census of early-winter
bird populations. The results are compiled into the
longest-running database in ornithology,
representing over a century of unbroken data of
early-winter bird populations across America. AND IT
IS FINALLY FREE!
December 14, Saturday - CHICO CBC. COMPILER: Mary Muchowski, 530-228-0625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All levels of birders are welcome. Bring warm clothes, hiking shoes, lunch, bird books and binoculars. You will be assigned an area and spend the day counting birds in this area. RSVPs encouraged!
MEET at 7:30 am Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 East 8th Street, Chico.
COMPILATION DINNER TBA
December 22, Sunday - RED BLUFF CBC. COMPILER: Karen Scheuermann, Cottonwood, Tehama Co, CA, 530-347-1687 or email@example.com.
Please let Karen know if you plan to join the count or go owling so she can send worksheets.
MEET at 7:30 am, Holiday Parking Lot, 460 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff.
December 29, Sunday - OROVILLE CBC. COMPILER: Gaylord Grams, 530-533-1624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All levels of birders are welcome. Beginners will be paired up with experienced birders. You will be assigned an area and spend the day counting birds in this area. Bring warm clothes, hiking shoes, lunch, bird books and binoculars. To do a half-day, contact Gaylord
Grams ahead of time.
MEET at 7:30 am, Butte County Ag Commissioners Office, 316 Nelson Ave, Oroville east of Hwy 70 across from Home Depot.
COMPILATION DINNER TBA
Tom Rodgers Uncommon Birds
(2 MB download)
|Altacal Audubon Society has had an exciting opportunity to create an educational brochure to inform landowners along the Sacramento River about Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia), their nesting habitat, and incentive programs to help protect them. Members Carolyn Short, Raina King and I were awarded a grant to create the brochure and companion website by the Fund for Wild Nature. Go to Bankswallows.org to learn more about this species population on the Sacramento River.||
2006: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
North-state Naturalists http://
Liam Huber's banding experiences http://
Those Amazing Birds
Dawn Garcia's BirdBling Blog
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