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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.

6:00 p.m. Doors open
6:30 p.m. Potluck Dinner
7:30 p.m. Announcements
8:00 p.m. Educational Program

Thursday, June 7, 2018: Birds of Cuba - Alvaro Jaramillo


World-renowned naturalist, bird expert, and author, Alvaro Jaramillo will present a program based upon his recent trip to Cuba filled with beautiful images of birds seen.

Cuba is one of the United States’ closest neighbors, but due to politics, it might as well be on the other side of the world. Few Americans have traveled to Cuba and birders have been restricted to a few legal survey trips a year or going there illegally through Canada in order to enjoy its birds. But, things are finally starting to open up and we expect that more and more birders will be able to enjoy the amazing diversity, and incredible level of endemism (species found nowhere else on earth).

A fantastic, safe, birding destination, Cuba has plentiful protected habitat and forest cover, and there is still a lot to learn there. In fact it may actually be the one place where the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still lives!

Born in Chile, Alvaro began birding in Toronto, Canada, where he lived as a youth. He was trained in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior. He is the author of three books including Birds of Chile, ABA Field Guide to the Birds of California, and the sparrow chapter for Handbook of Birds of the World.

Alvaro operates a birding and nature tour company, Alvaro's Adventures, where the focus is to have fun, learn a thing or two, and just enjoy birds and nature. He lives with his family in Half Moon Bay, California. For information:

Images: Alvaro Jaramillo, Cuban Tody, Western Spindalis. Photos courtesy Alvaro Jaramillo


More detailed information about the June 2018 program is available in our June-August 2018 Quail newsletter.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Program: Birds of Belize: Rich Cimino

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