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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. Dinner is served. Please remember to bring your own utensils and cup.
8:00 p.m. Announcements
8:15 p.m. PBS Program: Animal Homes

Thursday June 1, 2017: PBS Documentary - Animal Homes, the Nest

Birding Information: No Birding Information; annual Potluck Dinner.

Ovenbird Nest
Photo: ©THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Main Program:Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few also contain man-made materials - colorful twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each one is a remarkable work of art, built with just a beak! We begin with a museum collection of nests and branch out to scenes in the wild all over the world, where birds arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the all-important task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

More detailed information about the June program will be available in our June 2017 Quail newsletter available in the middle of May.

No meetings in July and August: Regular monthly meetings begin again on Thursday, Sept 7

September program: Bird Photography - Jeff Rich

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