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.



Talk shop with San Francisco bird artist, David Tomb. Tomb will give a presentation about how artists and illustrators can use natural history museum’s collections to inspire and inform their work.

He will discuss his process of studying and drawing from bird skins and bird mounts. Tomb will demonstrate how he transforms these studies into life size, full three dimensional art installations that are inspired by dioramas from American Museum of Natural History in NYC and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Other topics that that will be covered are the overlap of art and science, the art of dioramas, illustration vs art, great bird painters and illustrators of the past and those currently working. David will have on hand examples of his bird study drawings, studies from bird mounts and a portion from his recent installation: King Tides and Elusive Rails that was at the Fresno Art Museum and the Palo Alto Art Center.

Tomb’s work is in many national public art collections including: the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, the Oakland Museum of California, The Huntington Library Art Collections, San Marino, CA., the Embassy the United States,  Manila, Philippines. His illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review and Harper’s Magazine When not art making he is often out in the field searching and some times finding birds locally and internationally.

  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:

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 

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.