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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
8:05 p.m. Educational Program

Thursday, September 7, 2017: Bird Photography - Jeff Rich


Birding Information: Walnut Creek children's author Deborah Lee Rose will discuss her new book Beauty and the Beak, about the bald eagle that made world news when she received a pioneering, prosthetic beak. Deborah coauthored the book with renowned raptor biologist and rehabilitator Jane Veltkamp, who is also Education Chair of the Audubon chapter in Cedar Key, Florida and has lifetime care of Beauty the bald eagle.

Upper - Common Loon with Chick;
Lower - Geese in Sunset
(Images courtesy Jeffery Rich)

Main Program: Based on his newest book, The Complete Guide to Bird Photography, Jeffrey Rich will be sharing stories of birds and Mother Nature. He adds in a few photography tips and how lying in the dirt helps to create his amazing photography. Jeff has been photographing nature since 1980 and his photos have been published in most of the nature publications including all the birding magazines.

With unique stories about birds and nature Jeff weaves an interesting tale through many of the photos that appear in the book. His humor and love of lying in the dirt will inspire nature lovers, especially birders.

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 masters degree in science teaching and education. Since 1987 Jeff has been teaching science and photographing nature professionally. He currently teaches at Stellar Charter School in Redding, CA.

A self-taught nature photographer Jeff considers himself more as a photo-naturalist producing artful images of mother nature.  He is a wildlife and bird photography specialist with photos published in National Wildlife, National Geographic, Audubon, and many other publications. He will be bringing books for sale and autographing.

More detailed information about the September 2017 program will be available in our September 2017 Quail newsletter, available mid-August.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 Program: Waterbirds - Max Tarjan

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