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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, December 6, 2018: Look Big! - Surviving Animal Encounters

Birding Information:
Program Chair Ariana Rickard will discuss the state conservation priorities for Audubon California and give a preview of the 2019 Audubon National Convention.

Main Program:
LOOK BIG: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds


Book cover image
courtesy Rachel Levin.

Rachel Levin's new book is a humorous and helpful illustrated field guide that explains what to do in the face of fifty of our most feared— or frustrating—animals. As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals—from bears, bison, mountain lions, and mice to turkeys, ticks, rats, and raccoons—have become increasingly commonplace. But wait, what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or stand your ground? How deadly, really, are black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, and sharks?

Packed with expert tips, fascinating facts, and not-so-harrowing true tales (from writers like Peter Orner and Samin Nosrat), LOOK BIG is a must-have survival guide for urban, suburban, and outdoor adventurers alike. If you have ever feared the approach of a grizzly, the spray of a skunk, or an army of cockroaches in the kitchen, this book is for you.

Rachel Levin is a San Francisco-based journalist who covers food, travel, trends, and the occasional rock star; rabbi; crack addict-ex-con-ultramarathoner. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Sunset, where she was a senior travel editor, and Eater, as its first restaurant critic. Her first book— LOOK BIG: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds— was published by Ten Speed/Random House in April 2018. She is at work on another, titled EAT SOMETHING, a pop culture look at Jews and food, with Wise Sons Deli, to be published in Spring 2020 by Chronicle Books. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and lives with her family at the top of an absurdly steep hill.


Thursday, January 3, 2019 Program: A Dive into MDAS CBC Data - Jerry Britten

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