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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, April 5, 2018: Elephants: Beyond the Ivory Problem - Jill Hedgecock

Birding Information: Assemblymember Tim Grayson from the 14th Assembly District will speak about environmental issues affecting our district and state and take questions from our members. Assemblymember Grayson was elected in November 2016 to represent portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. He previously served on the Concord City Council and as Concord’s Mayor. A long time East Bay resident, Tim lives in Concord with his wife and children.

Main Program:
Elephants: Beyond the Ivory Problem - Jill Hedgecock
Jill Hedgecock will share some of her elephant experiences from her trip to Thailand and Cambodia. During her visit to The Elephant Nature Park outside of Chang Mai, she witnessed firsthand the unique challenges facing today’s Asian elephant populations.


Asian Elephants. Photo by Jill Hedgecock

The Elephant Nature Park, a 250-acre rescue and rehabilitation center housing 76 rescued elephants, offers a bright ray of hope for these amazing creatures and provides an ethical alternative for tourists to support humane treatment of these giant beasts. During her talk, Jill with share some of the heart-warming stories of the elephants currently living at this sanctuary. Gray matriarchs like 73-year-old Sook Jai that arrived completely blind and mostly deaf, but still plays nanny to two young rescued elephants.

Jill Hedgecock’s long-standing roots run deep with the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, serving as the International Conservation Coordinator in the early 1990s, as a leader of the Black Diamond Mine Christmas Count survey, and this year as a reporter covering the Christmas Bird Count. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and her novel about a seventeen-year-old girl on safari who finds herself at odds with rhino poachers is nearing completion. To learn more about Jill’s book visit and for the Elephant Nature Park, visit

More detailed information about the April 2018 program will be available in our April 2018 Quail newsletter, available mid-March.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 Program: Jailbirds of Alcatraz: Monitoring Nesting Seabird Colonies - Heather Robinson, Farallon Institute

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