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
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.
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: www.jeffrichphoto.com
Thursday, March 7, 2019 Program: Beavers - Heidi Perryman