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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, October 4, 2018: Why Should I Care About Bats? - JoEllen Arnold

Birding Information: To be determined

Main Program:
Why Should I Care About Bats? - JoEllen Arnold


Image courtesy JoEllen Arnold.

"Why Should I Care About Bats?" you might ask yourself. Expand your knowledge of the over 1300 bat species which make up 1/4 of the mammal species on earth. Bats live on all continents except Antarctica and are as tiny as a species that weighs less than a penny and as large as flying foxes with six foot wing spans. We know our local bats are experts at eating insects; bats in other habitats are vital pollinators of many plants and the most important "foresters" in tropical regions, reseeding the forest as they fly. They eat things you'd never dreamed they could: fish, frogs, mice, lizards, birds, even other bats. A few bug eating unreleasable Northern California bats will acompany JoEllen Arnold and will be available for meet and greet before the meeting begins and during the break.

JoEllen Arnold taught for 30 years with a particular passion for introducing her students to the natural world. She met her first bat face to face in 1997 at a workshop about bats in Yosemite and since that life-changing encounter has become a “Missionary for Bats," taking courses in bat conservation in the California and Arizona, and traveling to meet more species and to assist in bat research in Texas, three countries in Africa, three countries in Central America, Germany, and most recently, Thailand. She volunteers with NorCal Bats to provide public education about bats and helps with rescue and rehabilitation of our local bats. Her mission is to open people’s hearts and minds to these beneficial creatures which are in grave peril in many parts of the world, including the United States. She employs her skills as a photographer and engaging speaker to support bat conservation.


Thursday, October 1, 2018 Program: Sandhill Cranes - Paul Tebbel

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