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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, November 1, 2018: Sandhill Cranes - Paul Tebbel

Birding Information: Status of the Rhino
Jill Hedgecock will provide information some promising developments, as well as a few setbacks, in the fight to stop rhino poaching. She will also talk about some interesting conservation projects that she is now involved in as a result of the publication of her coming-of-age suspense novel, Rhino in the Room, (signed copies will be available for purchase at the meeting).

Main Program:
Why We Love Cranes - Paul Tebbel


Images courtesy John Kimura.

Across the world, cranes are revered by many cultures - including our own. What makes cranes so special? One of the oldest known birds, cranes have an extensive verbal and physical communication vocabulary. This presentation will help you understand the life history of cranes, as well as their physical and behavioral characteristics. This program combines video footage and photos with research results and personal anecdotes to introduce you to Sandhill Cranes. We will also focus on cranes within the Pacific Flyway, including breeding areas, migration routes and wintering grounds. Brush up on your basics before this year’s Sandhill Crane Festival, scheduled Nov. 2-4, in Lodi. See

Paul Tebbel has spent over 40 years of his life watching, researching and learning about cranes. This program is suitable for all age audiences, especially those just learning about cranes. For over a decade, he worked for National Audubon, managing a 1,400 acre sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes and other water birds. He directed three conservation nonprofits.


Thursday, December 6, 2018 Program: Wildlife Encounters - Rachel Levin

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