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Monthly Programs

Our monthly educational meetings include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed!

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. You are welcome to join us for the entire meeting or just the Educational Program.

6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Birding Information
7:25 p.m. Chapter Announcements and Business
7:40 p.m. Social time, refreshments and door prize drawing
8:05 p.m. Educational Program

Thursday, March 7, 2019: Martinez Beavers - Heidi Perryman

Birding Information:
East Bay Regional Parks District Director Beverly Lane will share information about the history of the parks system and upcoming improvements and developments in local parks.

Main Program:
Martinez Beavers - Heidi Perryman


Can beavers change an ecosystem? A community? A person's life? In 2007 Heidi Perryman found out they could. She became an accidental beaver advocate when a family moved into Alhambra Creek more than a decade ago. The city was concerned their dam would cause flooding and recommended trapping but residents wanted another solution.

Heidi formed the group 'Worth A Dam' to advocate for the beavers. It held the first beaver festival and connected with beaver experts around the country. What started as a simple blog became the nation's premier website on beaver science and ecology. Eventually Heidi worked with colleagues on ground-breaking research regarding beaver nativity in California.

While Worth A Dam made a difference for beavers , the beavers themselves made a huge difference for birds and wildlife in Martinez. Soon after the dam was built, creek-watchers noticed more green heron, egret and scaup downtown. Within a year folks were seeing hooded merganser for the first time. Kingfishers and wood duck followed. Muskrats and otters appeared and eventually even mink!

For more information from Heidi's blog:


Thursday, April 4, 2019 Program: Wall of Birds - Jane Kim

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