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.
6:00 PM Doors open
6:30 PM Potluck Dinner
7:00 PM Announcements and Birding info
7:30 PM: Avian Fashion Contest
7:45 PM: Program - Super Hummingbirds DVD
Thursday, June 6, 2019: Potluck Dinner, Avian Fashion Contest, PBS Nature Video
Young Birders Club Coordinator Juan Pablo Galvan will make a brief presentation on the organizations that MDAS has recently made international donations to, including where they're located and what kind of work they do, as well as some beautiful photos from the area.
1st Annual Avian Fashion Contest:
Please wear your favorite bird attire for the first-ever Mt. Diablo Audubon bird fashion contest. This is your chance to show off your favorite bird T-shirt, vest, pin, or other birding attire or body art. We will award fantastic prizes to the best fashion, by popular vote.
Super Hummingbirds: PBS Nature
Images courtesy: ANN JOHNSON PRUM/© THIRTEENPRODUCTIONS LLC
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures to behold. They are the tiniest of birds, yet possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. Their wings beat faster than the eye can see and the speed at which they travel makes people wonder if it was indeed a hummingbird they actually saw. They also are only found in the Americas. These attributes have both intrigued scientists and made it challenging to study the species, but with the latest high-speed cameras and other technologies, Super Hummingbirds reveals new scientific breakthroughs about these magical birds.
Emmy-winning filmmaker Ann Johnson Prum (Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air; An Original DUCKumentary, Animal Homes) returns with her second film on hummers which presents new scientific discoveries such as how they drink a flower’s nectar so quickly or why they are able to thrive in the thin air at high altitudes. For the first time, viewers will see the birds mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail.
Hummers may be the smallest birds in the world, but what they lack in size, they make up in speed and the ability to adapt in ways we’re just beginning to learn about as they continue to evolve.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019: Albatrosses with JD Bergeron