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 21 - 25, 2015
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.
June - Pot Luck
Monday, June 16, 2014 6:30 p.m., Chico Creek Nature Center
Come join us and celebrate friendships and our common love for birds and the natural world at our annual potluck dinner, Monday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. at Chico Creek Nature Center. We’ll have a chance to visit with old friends and new ones; talk about birds and birding and share stories of recent and future adventures and travels.
It’s been another remarkable year for Altacal Audubon and this will be our last chance to get together as a group until our next program in September. Remember, there are no programs during July and August so you don’t want to miss this one. Bring a dish to share, a beverage for yourself or to share, a plate and fork, and a chair if you like.
It’s also time for nominations to the Altacal Board of Directors. Elections for a two year term will be held at our Annual Meeting in September. Please submit your nomination for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer to one of our three Nominating Committee Board Members: Kathryn, Mike, or Kate. The slate of nominations put forward by the Nominating Committee is:
June 6 - 8, Friday - Sunday
SIERRA VALLEY / YUBA PASS
Trip Leader: Mac McCormick
This trip covers a variety of mountain habitats. We will bird the marshes and open fields at the headwaters of the Feather River, the sagebrush lowlands of the Sierra Valley, the conifer woodlands of Yuba Pass and we’ll take a short trip to the Lakes Basin area (Sand Pond Boardwalk). This trip always gives us a good variety of birds. We will meet at our campground on Friday afternoon/evening and camp out on Friday and Saturday nights. The campground will be Wild Plum Campground in Sierra City. The weather should be nice this time of year, but rain or snow could cancel this trip. For more information and to reserve a space on this trip, contact Jennifer Patten at 530-345-9356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 22, Sunday
BUTTE MEADOWS HIKE
Trip leader: Matthew Forster
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon exploring Butte Meadows and Colby Meadows for mountain birds. Birds of interest will be Evening Grosbeak, Townsend’s Solitaire, Pileated Woodpecker, White-headed Woodpecker, Pacific Wren and Mountain Chickadee. There will also be a chance to see Mountain Quail and American Dipper along the way. We will meet at the Chico Park & Ride on Hwy 32 in Chico at 8 am. Please pack a lunch as we won’t be heading back to Chico until 2-3 pm.
Contact Matthew Forster: email@example.com or 619-347-2269 for more information.
June 27 - 29, Friday - Sunday
CAMP-OUT AT LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
Trip Leader: Steve King
We have enjoyed the birding and camping at the Lost Creek Group Campground in Lassen VNP over the years and we’ll be doing it again with the Wintu, Redbud and Redwood Region Audubon Chapters joining us. Group Camp Site #4 has been reserved for the nights of Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28. This year the park road should be free of snow by late June and it should be ideal for observing nesting birds. Last year we were a month later and nesting season was mostly over. People can either camp at Lost Creek or drive up for either or both Saturday and Sunday. Campers can arrive at the campsite at a time of their choosing on Friday afternoon. We will bird Manzanita Lake and vicinity on Saturday morning. The rest of the itinerary is open and will depend on the interests of the participants. Day trippers for Sunday, June 28, will meet at the camp site at 9 am. Lost Creek has primitive facilities, pit toilets and no electricity, but potable water is available. Group size is limited. If you would like to join us please contact Steve King, 530-566-6136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 11-13, Friday - Sunday
FLAMMULATED OWLS OF PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST
Trip Leaders: Jennifer Patten, David Arsenult, Plumas Audubon
See the Flammulated Owls in their nesting territory, camp at Lake Davis and see the birds of Plumas National Forest during this weekend camping adventure. Friday we arrive, set up camp and bird. Saturday we’ll do some birding in the Plumas National Forest during the day. Then we’ll meet with David Arsenault from the Plumas Audubon Society for an early evening hike to see the Flammulated Owl. Sunday depart for home, with birding along the way. More details will become available at a later date. Participants will
be limited to 15 for the owls sake and pre-registration is required. Please call or email Jennifer Patten, 530-345-9356 or email@example.com.
July 13, Sunday
AND LESSER NIGHTHAWK
Trip Leaders: Matthew Forster
We will be scouring Pine Creek and other Units of the Sacramento River Wildlife Units in search of the ever-elusive Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The trip will begin at 7 am and will be meeting at the parking lot out at Pine Creek off of Hwy 32, just east of Hamilton City. We will also be driving over to the Capay Unit in Glenn County to walk the beach and see if we are able to flush up a couple of Lesser Nighthawk. Other notable birds of interest will be Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Caspian Tern and Forster’s Tern. Once we have completed the loop trail at Capay, we will head over to Indian Fisheries, which is located directly across the river from the Capay Unit. There will be an assortment of warblers, Bullock’s Oriole, and flycatchers. Please pack a lunch, as there are picnic tables at the Indian Fisheries and a bathroom. This is one of my favorite local Butte County birding spots so please come and join in the fun. Please contact Matthew Forster: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-347-2269 for more information.
July 17 - 20, Thursday - Sunday
HIKE THE RUBY MOUNTAINS FOR HIMALAYAN SNOWCOCK AND BLACK-ROSY FINCH
Trip Leader: Matthew Forster
We will be driving from Chico to the Ruby Mountains just outside of Elko, NV to try and see the Himalayan Snowcock. If you have seen the movie The Big Year, this is the bird Jack Black and Steve Martin were able to chase down from a helicopter after narrowly crashing in to the side of the Ruby’s. This trip won’t be as dangerous, but will require some serious hiking to get to the area where this bird is most reliable. Depending on the weather, we will be planning on camping at the base of the trail on Friday night, with an early start Saturday morning. The hike will be roughly 3-4 miles in, but we will surely be able to find some local rarities such as the Black-rosy Finch. This will be a four-day trip, so plan on leaving at 8 am, Thursday morning and returning around 5 pm on Sunday afternoon. Please respond within two weeks of the trip so trip leaders can plan transportation and camping availability. Please contact Matthew Forster: email@example.com or 619-347-2269 for more information.
Tom Rodgers Uncommon Birds
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|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
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Dawn Garcia's BirdBling Blog
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