SJ Audubon Jan-Feb Hoot Owl is now available.


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Dear Audubon Member:  

Your Hoot Owl for January/February 2022  is now available at


http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Hoot-Owl-Jan-Feb-2022.pdf
 
The electronic Hoot Owl is available:
1) on the Chapter website (
http://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/), 
2) at
SJBIRDS@groups.io 


 
GENERAL MEETINGS 


Check group.io  or our website for Zoom meeting links.  https://www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/hoot-owl-journal/

There will be NO general membership meeting in January, 2022.


TUESDAY, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Presentation
Chris Conard
“Changes in local bird populations over 25 years (and it's not all depressing)”

 
If you've been birding for two decades or more, many things you took for granted about where and when certain birds were found have changed--some subtly and some quite profound. Chris began seriously birding and learning about local bird populations 25 years ago. That is a relatively short time, but long enough to notice significant changes, both in bird distribution and the habitat they depend on. There are as many stories of surprising resilience as there are of depressing loss. Working with Ed Pandolfino, Lily Douglas, and Tim Manolis on Sacramento County Breeding Birds:  A Tale of Two Atlases and Three Decades of Change, brought much of this into focus. Since the book's publication earlier this year, Chris has been thinking about changes he's observed throughout the seasons. Why are geese so much more numerous, Swainson's Hawks holding their own, Say's Phoebes and Western Bluebirds breeding where they hadn't before? At the same time, Burrowing Owls and Loggerhead Shrikes are much harder to find. These changes are driven by human impacts, and some are not fully understood. There have been impressive restoration efforts, habitat loss, changes in winter temperatures, fog, and agricultural practices. Bird populations reflect these changes.
 
Chris Conard is a natural resource specialist at the Sacramento County Bufferlands and a longtime volunteer with Sacramento Audubon and the Central Valley Bird Club.





 
FIELD TRIPS
 

We will follow COVID protocols and limit the number of participants to 14.  We adhere to the CODE OF BIRDING ETHICS of the American Birding Association and to the National Audubon Society’s GUIDE TO ETHICAL BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY. Please follow these codes whether you are birding by yourself or joining our field trip.

Mask
Social Distancing
Please don't share optics.


Follow this golden rule of birding: When in doubt, first consider the welfare of the bird.

Thanks for being a responsible birder!

+If you're parking in a remote location, secure your care and belongings.



JANUARY
 
SUNDAY, January 2— Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

SATURDAY, January 15— Woodbridge Wilderness
     Join leaders Kathy and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, January 16— Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leader Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet Joanne in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.



FEBRUARY

SATURDAY, February 5— Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Jim Rowoth at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.

SATURDAY, February 12— Cosumnes River Preserve
     Join leader Jim Rowoth (487-3489 or
rowoth@...) for the monthly River Walk bird count through the varied habitats of the CRP.  Meet Jim at 7:00 a.m. at the visitor center on Franklin Rd. Check website www.cosumnes.org for last minute updates.

SATURDAY, February 19— Woodbridge Wilderness
     Join leaders Kathy and Virginia Bonham for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, February 20— Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet Liz and Joanne in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m. 

 



 
 ARTICLES
 
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Alan England, Stockton