Bluebirds, Budding Birders, and Birdcounts
7 PM Thursday, February 2, 2017
Burns Room, Placer County Office of Education
360 Nevada Street in Auburn (next to Placer County Library)
At this meeting Sierra Foothills Audubon Society (SFAS) gives three presentations for the price of one (free, as always). For the main event, board member, Heath Wakelee, will give a presentation about bluebirds and Audubon’s efforts to help them recover from the pressures placed upon them by invasive species, predators, and habitat destruction. This has been a focus of Audubon for decades, and SFAS has its own effort including nest box construction and bluebird monitoring “trails.”
SFAS has an active program of scholarships to help young people attend camps, conferences, and chautauquas. Last June we enabled an amazing 12-year-oldbirder, Fiona Gillogly(now 13), to attend a
week-long course in Bird Identificaion by Song at San Francisco State’s Sierra Nevada Field Cam-
pus. Fiona will share some photos, drawings,and stories from her experiences at camp and as
a budding young birder and naturalist. Fiona is an Auburn native, who in addition to being an
avid naturalist, also pursues interests in music (singing, playing cello), art (including her own line of note cards), theater (14 plays and counting), and language (journaling and German).
Rounding out the program, SFAS president and Grass Valley Christmas Bird Count compiler, Rudy Darling, will present results of the SFAS area CBCs (Grass Valley, Auburn, Lincoln, Marysville), with emphasis on some of the unusual sightings and trends reported by count leaders.