SEQUOIA AUDUBON SOCIETY holds monthly programs on the second Thursday of the month. Program begins at 7 p.m. Join at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. Programs are held at the San Mateo Garden Center located at 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA located just off Alameda de las Pulgas.
Thursday, September 13, 7:00 PM
How the Brain Identifies Birds- Birding ID like a Pro Speaker: Alvaro Jaramillo
Most bird identification lectures focus on field marks and the specifics of separating species A from B. But few ask exactly how do we identify birds? What is our brain going through in order to do this? Why do experts identify birds almost without thinking, while the rest of us need to struggle? Are they different than the rest of us, or are there tricks? Truth is that bird identification is pretty tricky stuff but our brain is wired to shortcut much of the thinking involved in doing it. The trick is training yourself to do it like a pro. And that is the main aim of this presentation- a lighthearted but informative explanation of how the heck they do it.
Field Trips- Join the Sequoia Audubon Society on a birding trip and they will help you learn to find and identify birds. Get outdoors and have fun!
Wednesday, September 5, 8:30 a.m. Moss Landing and Elkhorn Slough.
Leader: Leslie Flint
Sunday, September 6, 9:00 a.m., Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma.
Leaders: Laurie Graham & Jeff Fairclough
Saturday, September 22, 8:00 a.m.- Noon, San Gregorio and Other Beaches of San Mateo County
Leader: Jennifer Rycanga
Sunday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. Pescadero Marsh- State park Docent Nature Walk
Check out the Sequoia website for Field trip details and Contact info: www.sequoia-audubon.org
Visitors get up close view of new critter housing at The Horse Park
By Linda Hubbard Gulker on February 5, 2012
The equine housing at The Horse Park at Woodside is
visible from both Sand Hill and Whisky Hill Roads. But, that’s not the case
with the Park’s other housing, which was on display Saturday (2/4) during “A
Critter Housing Walk.” Visitors got a close-up look at a variety of
nesting sites for flying creatures.
Explains Nancy Benson, a
longtime Ladera resident who’s also Volunteer Chairman at the Park: “We were
long aware that birds came to the Park. Thanks to a a successful fundraising
effort and the work of staff, we were able to install nine owl nesting boxes,
fourteen bluebird houses, seven rafter perches, and four bat houses. They’re
located all over the Park — around the cross country course and on the
oaks near the barns. It took me over two hours to check them all out a couple
of weeks ago.”
Nancy gives a shout out to Bonnie
Regalia, owner of Birder's Garden, who supplied the boxes/houses and who was on hand to lead
the walk. (The raptor perches were built on site). She also credits the nearby Creekside Center for Earth Observation. “Creekside has worked closely with The Horse Park to do
land management,” she says. “They’ve spearheaded the effort to introduce more
native plants on the cross country course and remove non-natives all over the
Both barn owls and great horned owls
have been sighted on the premises. The former eats an incredible amount of
gophers (although not squirrels), while the latter’s diet consist of small to
medium sized mammals, including skunks.
Raptors eat squirrels and rodents.
Red-tail hawks, Cooper’s hawks, Golden eagles, Red Shouldered hawks, Sharp
Shinned hawks, and Peregrine Falcons have all been spotted at the Park.
Bluebird populations are declining,
so providing them with nesting sites will improve their chances of survival, as
well as the opportunity to view them.
Bats eat an incredible amount of
insects, including mosquitoes, “a fact that should certainly please the
neighbors,” says Nancy.
Saturday’s open house served a dual
purpose. It was also a Volunteer Day with participants learning the value of
habitat restoration work.
“I’ve been coordinating these
volunteer days for the Park since joining the Board,” says Nancy, whose
equestrian pursuits today include three-day eventing . “We’ve had good support
from local schools — the kids get credit for community service. Our goal is to
showcase what we’re doing at the Park to the wider community.”
Photos by Frances Freyberg