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Connecting People With Nature

Just for Ducks

Wood duck mom and ducklings in downtown Walnut Creek - duck boxes in urban creeks!

"Barn-less" Owls

Display of rodent skulls from poisoned Barn owl at Borges Ranch - owl boxes - no rodenticide!

Bats on Our Bridges

Bat fly-out at dusk - bat boxes for virus control!

Keeping Up With the Kestrels

American Kestrel

Kestrel in flight - Small but speedy!

"To crow is one thing, but to produce is another." - Anon.

Connecting People With Nature is a collaboration of individuals with a variety of skills and knowledge which makes getting things done very easy.

The program has been going on since the early 1990s, with our main projects at present being the construction and monitoring of Wood Duck and Barn Owl nest boxes in the MDAS area. Even though it has been said that most birders are not too interested in bird housing, but only enjoy bird watching, some of our members recognize that our rapidly urbanizing region has removed many natural nesting sites.

In addition, invasive exotic species such as European starlings can take over any remaining natural nesting cavities, and it was this displacement of Western bluebirds that prompted the California Bluebird Recovery Project, supported by our program. We helped collect boards, cut them up, made dedicated bluebird nest boxes and started bluebird monitoring trails to begin the recovery of our bluebird populations.

To join in one of the current projects described on the pages linked above, please contact Brian Murphy at (925) 937-8835 or at for detailed information on how to participate in upcoming activities.

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