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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, February 7, 2019: Bald Eagles in the Wild - A Visual Essay of America’s National Bird - Jeff Rich

Birding Information:
Joshua Gamez, a local Eagle Scout, will talk about how he raised funds and worked with the East Bay Regional Parks District to install bat boxes at Big Break Regional Shoreline.

Main Program:
Bald Eagles in the Wild - A Visual Essay of America’s National Bird - Jeff Rich


The majestic Bald Eagle was adopted in 1782 as America’s official bird. It has historically been a symbol of freedom and patriotism in the United States of America, and for good reason. The bird is associated with authority and has a fierce beauty that speaks to those who look upon it. Once on the brink of extinction, it is currently enjoying a comeback. Today, the Bald Eagle is a protected species.

Wildlife and bird photonaturalist, Jeffrey Rich, will present this story with his glorious storytelling photography. He will share insights into the birds’ habitat, feeding habits, mating patterns, the care of their young, and more. You will marvel over images of birds in flight, in nests with their young, at rest, preening, and capturing prey. Rich has chronicled the daily lives, in detail, of America’s favorite bird. Jeffrey will share the story of many people who have helped and been inspired by nature and eagles.

Jeffrey Rich graduated from Humboldt State University in 1983 with a BS in Wildlife biology, in 1985 with a BS in Biology, and a life science teaching credential in 1986. In 2012 Jeff completed his master’s degree in science teaching and education at the University of Texas. Jeff has been teaching science and photography, while photographing nature, professionally since 1987. He is photographer/author of three books, Baby Birds, The Complete Guide to Bird Photography, and Bald Eagles in the Wild. Jeff regularly works with scientists to document their work in various publications. His articles and wildlife photographs have been published around the world including: Audubon, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Outdoor California, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic for Kids, and National Geographic website. Jeff Leads photographic trips, called photo tours, around the world, where clients capture intimate and beautiful moments in nature. For more information about Jeff including, photo tours and books:


Thursday, March 7, 2019 Program: Beavers - Heidi Perryman

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