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Madrone Audubon Society

The Sonoma County Chapter of the National Audubon Society was established in 1967 as a non-profit organization promoting education, enjoyment, and protection of the natural world, especially birds.

Madrone Audubon General Meetings Feb & March 2024

Monday, February 19, 2024, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Working Together for Birds and Wildlife – presented by Ashton Klutz, Executive Director, Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Due to the rich diversity of Northern California habitats, The Bird Rescue Center cares annually for thousands of native birds. Their patients are a combination of songbirds, raptors, and waterbirds Fairfield, CA.

Ashton will share with us behind-the-scenes stories of bird rescues, including the West 9th Street rookery, unique avian observations from the last few years, and status of the planned new BRC facilities. 
Join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82441853555
Meeting ID: 824 4185 3555
Or call: 1-669-900-9128 or 1-669-444-9171 (same Meeting ID)

Monday, March 18, 2024, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Birds of Southern Africa, presented by Jim & Linda Thomasson
United Methodist Church-Fellowship Room          
1551 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa
Jim and Linda Thomason traveled to South Africa in July and August 2022 on a birding tour with Alvaro Jaramillo.  They also traveled on their own to Zimbabwe and Botswana after the tour to see more birds in those countries.  About 850 bird species have been recorded in South Africa, only slightly less than are found in Costa Rica.

Jim Thomason has been involved in photography for more than 60 years.  He and his partner, Linda, were introduced to birding in 1999 on a trip to Venezuela and have made numerous wildlife and birding trips around the world.

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Current Intern Opportunities for SSU Students

Madrone Audubon Society is a 501c3 nonprofit conservation organization, based in Santa Rosa. Madrone Audubon is also the Sonoma County Chapter of National Audubon and enjoys a total membership of close to 3,000. Our organization engages in education and appreciation of birds and wildlife in our amazing habitats here in Sonoma County as well as focuses on many conservation actions to protect and enhance our environment. For more information click here.

 February & March 2024 Outings

Bring binoculars and wear outdoor clothing suitable for the weather forecast.  Our outings are free for members and the public. (We may have binoculars to loan for your outing.)

Thursday, February 8, Crane Creek Regional Park, 8:30-10:30 AM
5000 Pressley Road, Santa Rosa
Leader:  Janet Bosshard
Take Petaluma Hill Road to Pressley Road (Rohnert Park). Use your County park pass or buy a day pass there. Mostly level to easy rolling hills. Rain cancels. More info: (707) 526-5883.

Thursday, February 22, Doran Beach Regional Park, 8:30-10:30 AM
201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay
Leader: Janet Bosshard
Use your County park pass or buy a day pass there.  Park in the first dirt lot on your left. We will scan the beach for birds, then cross the road to walk the paved trail to the east.  Rain cncels. More info: (707) 526-5883.

Thursday, March 14, A Place to Play, 8:30-10:30 AM
2375 West Third Street, Santa Rosa
Leader: Janet Bosshard
No parking pass is required.  There are a wildlife pond and grass areas to look for water birds and local birds. We can also walk along Santa Rosa Creek for a ways to see what’s near the water. More info: (707) 526-5883.

Saturday, March 23rd, Santa Rosa Creek Trail, 8:30-10:30 AM                                                 
West of Willowside Road, Santa Rosa
Leader: Linda Fraley
Drive on Willowside Road to the junction with Santa Rosa Creek Trail (just north of the Waldorf School). For parking advice and information, please call Linda Fraley (559) 779-5211.

Thursday, March 28, Helen Putnam Regional Park, 8:30-10:30 AM                                           
411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma
Leader: Janet Bosshard
Parking permit is required and can be purchased at the park. We will walk the paved path to look for raptors, bluebirds, and meadowlarks. If group would like, we can continue over the hill and around, back to the parking area. More info: (707) 526-5883.  

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Carved Bird Pins

In the 1970s, member Tom Olds hand-carved bird pins and sold them to raise money for Madrone Audubon. More