Monterey Audubon: Calendar of Events

  A golden eagle, a scarce but regular visitor to the oak grasslands around Elkhorn Slough

A golden eagle, a scarce but regular visitor to the oak grasslands around Elkhorn Slough

FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: FIELD TRIPS (September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1) – Elkhorn Slough Reserve: Start out the first weekend of every month with a bird walk around the Elkhorn Slough watershed. Depending on timing and conditions, we'll explore one or several areas within the watershed, such as the Reserve proper, Kirby Park, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing State Beach and Harbor, and Zmudowski State Beach. We’ll traverse these areas looking for resident and migrant birds that utilize this dynamic ecosystem. Meet at the Elkhorn Slough Visitors Center, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, CA 95076. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp. No RSVP needed. Contact Rick Fournier, 831-633-0572, or the reserve office (831-728-2822) for questions.

Monterey Audubon's Monthly Lectures and Programs Occur at the PG Museum of Natural History on Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove. Doors open for refreshments and socializing at 700pm. Our programs begin at app. 7:30. Monterey Audubon's Board Meetings are also open to the general membership and begin at 6:00pm, before the presentation.

TUES. SEPTEMBER 11, LECTURE: The Tricolored Blackbird: New hope for an endangered, near-endemic California species? With Samantha Arthur. One of California's most endangered and iconic bird species may have recently received a reprieve from extinction thanks to its recent listing under the California Endangered Species Act. Join California Audubon Conservation Director (and former BSLT biologist) Samantha Arthur for an important update on one of our most important Birds. 

  A Tricolored Blackbird (male) visiting a working dairy near Moss Landing. Photo by Blake Matheson.

A Tricolored Blackbird (male) visiting a working dairy near Moss Landing. Photo by Blake Matheson.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22– 8:00am: Carmel River State Beach. Leader Robert Horn
Long considered one of our premier birding hotspots of the peninsula, this area offers panoramic views of surrounding Pt. Lobos, Palo Corona Regional Park and Pebble Beach as well as excellent shorebirds, waterfowl, seabirds. Sightings of PeregrineFalcon and Osprey are also possible. Meet: 8:00am at the Crossroads Starbuck for carpooling to various entry points to the area. Contact: 831-372-4608 email: rhorn@montereybay.com.

  Black Phoebes are one of the most conspicuous and widespread sights on field trips throughout California's   Central Coast.        

Black Phoebes are one of the most conspicuous and widespread sights on field trips throughout California's Central Coast.        

SATURDAY OCTOBER 68:00am: Laguna Grande Park. Leader Paul Fenwick This city lake area is one of our best locations for seeing a variety of birds, from vagrant warblers in the willow and eucalyptus trees to some of the marsh species like Sora and Virginia’s rail. Meet: Chili’s parking lot by Embassy Suites at 8:00am. We will spend a couple hours around the park and Roberts Lake. Bring water and a snack. No RSVP required, rain cancels Paul Fenwick email: paulwfenwick@gmail.com.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 8:00am-Noon: San Lorenzo County Park. Leader Amanda Preece
After a fun (if hot) June trip to San Lorenzo County Park, Monterey Audubon trip leader Amanda Preece will lead a Fall walk in the hopes of seeing more wonderful south-county species. While our flycatcher and swallow friends may have left the park for their wintering grounds, we have some wintering warblers and sparrows to look forward to finding, along with kinglets, some thrush species, and hopefully (this time) a Phainopepla! RSVP: Amanda Preece at apreece24@gmail.com or by phone at (208) 520-8794. For carpooling from the Monterey area, we will meet at the Laureles Grade Park and Ride on Hwy 68 E at 7:00 AM. Otherwise we meet at the park at 8:00 AM. Call or email Amanda with questions. See you there! 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 8:00AM -Moonglow Dairy and Surrounds. Leader: Blake Matheson
Moonglow Dairy and the surrounding estuary ecosystem remains the single most species diverse locale around the Monterey Bay. The working dairy, open conditionally to responsible birders for many decades has hosted innumerable “mega-rarities” over the years, and provides excellent views of Elkhorn Slough. The dairy, cattlepens, and adjacent Eucalyptus stands hold vast numbers of blackbirds, including the California endemic Tricolored Black and other passerine notables. We’ll meet near the “Steamin’ Hot” Coffee Shop. RSVP to Blake Matheson at gypaetusbarbatus1@Gmail.com.

  Golden-crowned Sparrows are one of the more abundant songbirds on area Christmas Bird Counts

Golden-crowned Sparrows are one of the more abundant songbirds on area Christmas Bird Counts

SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 - All Day - Big Sur Christmas Bird Count
From the heights of Pico Blanco, to the Alder-lined banks of the wild Big Sur River, few places on Earth are so replete with both beauty as the Big Sur coast. For more than two decades local birders have conducted an annual Big Sur Christmas Bird Survey from Palo Colorado in the north to the Coast Ridge Road in the south to support Audubon's centuries-old efforts to measure annual changes in bird populations. If you'd like to help us count birds, please contact organizer and compiler, Blake Matheson: gypaetusbarbatus1@gmail.com

THURSDAY DECEMBER 27 - All Day - Monterey Peninsula Christmas Bird Count
Every year between 40 and 100 birders of all experience levels spread out over the Monterey Peninsula to tally every individual bird and every species of bird they can. We usually record between 170 - 190 species, from the waters off Cypress Point in the west, to the oak grasslands of Corral de Tierra in the east. Annual rarities discovered during count day always provide a lot of excitement. In enquire or request a territory assignment please contact Rita Carratello at merops@montereybay.com 
 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 - Pinnacles National Park. Leader: R.J Adams
Recently created Pinnacles National Park has a rich diversity of avian species to match its scenic wonders. Bell’s Sparrows, Greater Roadrunner, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, California condor and an array of other interesting birds all reside in the park and the surrounding sage chaparral. For more details and logistics contact RJ Adams. rjadams55@yahoo.com