Date: 1/21/18 3:52 pm From: 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] On raptors/class, a Josiah talk and a bio-blitz
Greetings SF Birders,
After spending early January birding the lovely Palm Deserts (super-fun was 18 GGAS birders at the Salton Sea) it's good to be back in SFs somewhat more humid environs.
A few notes and happenings we hope you may be interested in:
Mushroom Birding at McLaren: yesterday, Jan. 20, CNPS- Yerba Buena held a Mushroom Foray, incidentally recorded only 22 species of birds, highlight being ongoing aerial ballets between adult pairs of Red-tails & Red-shoulders that the plant and fans of fungi all enjoyed. A Hutton's Vireo in the Live Oak was a note of optimism and the trail work restoration plantings are looking great! Mycologist Alan Rockefeller was amazing at identifying and talking shrooms stories, identifying over 50 species for a group of 60 enthusiastic treasure hunters.
The GGAS/CAS "Gulls of California" class field trip to Stowe Lake, also yesterday, included the usual suspects including 7 species of Gulls, robust numbers of Thayer's (at least 5), meaning Iceland of course, singles of Herring and Ring-billed. Jonah re-found the continuing MANDARIN DUCK just before the walk.
GGAS Nature Education has been increasing class offerings here in SF, a few folks have said they didn't know about the Gull and Master Birder programs before they filled, so posting here there are a few openings in the "Raptor's in Winter" class that is beginning this coming Tuesday evening at Ft. Mason. We also hope to bring the most excellent "Deep Dive into Divers" class, led by Megan Prelinger back later this year too. More information on current offerings and sign ups here: https://goldengateaudubon.org/education/classes/
Mt. Sutro Bio-blitz March 18: Sutro Stewards is partnering with CAS, CNPS-Yerba Buena, GGAS, etc. on a Bio-blitz of Mt. Sutro open space. They need participants and leaders, birders of course but also etymologists, mycologists, botanists, etc. Come lend your talents, learn from some experts on a fun biology rich day. If you want to lead a group contact Amy Kaeser, Executive Director of Sutro Stewards at <amy...> <mailto:<amy...> . To sign up to participate: mtsutrobioblitz.eventbrite.com <http://mtsutrobioblitz.eventbrite.com>