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Celebrating Summer, Field Trips & Events

Sneak peek of the President’s column in our June newsletter — it’s been an amazing year and a lot of upcoming activities are planned…stay tuned! 

Celebrating Summer, Field Trips and Events
Thoughts from the President – Mary Parsell

“Never Give Up Listening to the Sounds of the Birds,” -Audubon.

This summer we are looking forward to a variety of field trips and events not only in June but throughout the summer.  In June, we look forward to our Members’ and Friends’ night, field trip to Yorba Regional Park on the Santa Ana River, and El Dorado Park Cleanup.  Our Los Cerritos Wetlands field trips continue June, July, and August.

We are planning a beginning birding class to be held on a weekend in July or August (date to be determined).  Since this is the last edition of our newsletter until September, please check our website for classes, events, and walks in July and August. 

Thanks to all of you, our volunteers, who contribute your time, energy, and passion to conservation of birds and other wildlife.  We have a great group of officers, committee chairs, committee members and YOU, our members and contributors!  As we wrap up this year, we are going for another year of birding!

Thanks, and see you on the birding trail!

(Photo credit C. Crawford, Snowy Egret, location Los Cerritos Wetlands)

Events

El Dorado Audubon 50th Anniversary Celebration

Save the Date! Gala Celebration at El Dorado Park Golf Course Restaurant, Thurs., May 16th, 6 to 10 p.m.  Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Bloom, who captured the last California Condor in the wild and has been studying raptors since he was a teenager, will speak about CA raptors.  Reservations required by April 15th–send a message on our Contact Page or phone 562-252-5825 (voice mail box).  Celebration includes a Fiesta Buffet dinner and a no host bar.  Check back for additional program details.  

General Meeting & Program by Charlie Collins:  It’s all up in the air; the ecology of Swifts

Dr. Charlie Collins will tell us about his long-term studies of swifts which have extended over many years and around the world.  Unlike southern California where there are only two locally breeding species, in some tropical areas four to six species may occur in the same foraging flock.  Swifts are the consummate aerialists catching all their food on the wing. They also make extended intercontinental migrations, and in some cases spend nearly a full year aloft.  Fascinating though they are, studying swifts presents some unique problems one does not encounter when working with terrestrial species.

Charlie is a retired professor of Biology at California State University, Long Beach where he taught ornithology and behavioral ecology for 35 years.  His other research interests include Least Terns, owls and the Island Scrub-Jay.

Join us for this interesting presentation at El Dorado Nature Center.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m., program ends 8:30 p.m. followed by a brief Q&A, doors close at 9:00 p.m. Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. Please bring recyclable cans/plastic bottles with caps removed to help support chapter activities.