The Sanderling Quarterly
Published quarterly or as circumstances allow, Monterey Audubon’s Sanderling Newsletter keeps chapter members abreast of scheduled events, conservation and birding updates, and other useful information. To save cost and reduce our environmental impact, newsletters are availably digitally, except for once a year, usually in fall, when we mail a print copy to all members of record. For suggestions, content submissions, or other questions about the newsletter, contact our current editor and Carmel native, Michael P. Montgomery.
Monterey Audubon’s Fall 2019 Sanderling, just like last year’s fall issue, was recently mailed to members in a hard copy form. In addition to an exceptionally busy schedule of field trips and lectures, it includes a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gary Snyder and a feature article by editor Michael P. Montgomery about the Central Coast’s very own Debi Shearwater.
The Summer 2019 issue features our regular calendar of outings and programs; the winning essay of Monterey Audubon’s 2019 High School Scholarship, written by Zeke Spooner; and an essay by the Sanderling’s editor on the co-habitation of Colorado Plateau cliff environments by birds and humans.
Our Spring 2019 issue, in keeping with springtime’s busy breeding and birding season, features an article about breeding short-eared owls and the citizen scientists who are helping study them, as well as a listing of upcoming conservation events and outings.
Winter 2018/2019 highlights HBW’s world birding resource and photography platform “The Internet Bird Collection,” updates from the President as well as calendar updates.
The Fall 2018 Sanderling features a profile of John Muir Laws, legendary California illustrator and naturalist, as well as a conservation advocacy update from the President. Local chapter members will also receive this issue as a hard copy in the mail.
The Summer 2018 issue features a deep dive into the conservation challenges around one of California's most endangered birds, the tricolored blackbird.
Our Spring 2018 issue is Sanderling Editor Michael Montgomery's debut publication for Monterey Audubon. It features a provoking story about the perils of field "playback," as well as an interesting look into the impacts of microclimate on the behavior of California condors.
Monterey Birds (Second Edition), by Don Roberson.
Monterey Birds provides richly detailed accounts and analysis of all the nearly 500 species of birds recorded in Monterey County. Of particular interest to visiting birders, the book has superb "suggested routes" that will guide you to target species during your stay. Copies are available for a suggested donation of $10 (plus the cost of shipping). You can also purchase them at locations throughout the Monterey Area. Discounts are available for bulk orders, and we are happy to provide books free of charge to all educational or charitable institutions. Send us a note here if you would like a copy.
Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Monterey County, edited by Don Roberson and Chris Tenney
This detailed and definitive analysis of Monterey County's breeding birds has set the standard for breeding bird atlases nationwide. It is a superb conservation planning tool, as well as an invaluable resource for recreational birders. Now in very limited supply, the Atlas has become a sought-after collector's item. If interested in acquiring a copy, please let us know here.
OUTSIDE LINKS AND RESOURCES
This revolutionary data collection platform has empowered birders globally to harness the power of their observations for conservation biology. Create an account for free, today.
"Audublog" is Audubon California's blog about conservation and birding. Its timely posts are a great way to keep abreast of current happenings in the state.
Don Roberson, field ornithologist and compiler of rare bird records for Monterey County, maintains a useful and interesting website covering birding, regional wildlife, and an array of other natural history topics. (If you're gonna spend hours surfing the Web, do it here.)