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Mount Diablo Audubon Society is committed to the sustainable balance of our community's people, birds, other wildlife, and habitat through conservation, education, and advocacy. Everyone is welcome to attend our educational programs. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 3 at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek.

Coming Up: Audubon's Annual Christmas Bird Count
East Contra Costa County Count - Wednesday, December 16th
Central Costa County Count - Saturday, December 19th
Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of California birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 100-plus Christmas Bird Counts held in California. This year will mark the 116th year of the event. The one-day bird counts provide valuable data about the number of bird species and numbers of each species occurring within a set geographic area. Just watching your bird feeder or spending a full day in the field with friends, it's a great way to have fun and gather important information on bird populations. Interested in participating in the Count? Please contact MDAS President Jimm Edgar at (510-658-2330), or Maury Stern at (925-284-5980).

Monthly Educational Programs:
Our monthly educational programs include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed! If you'd like to receive our educational meeting notices, provide your email address and click "Notify Me".

Mount Diablo Audubon Society joins Meetup and Facebook
The Meetup Group provides information about our field trips, educational programs, and volunteer activities. After you sign up with Meetup, you will automatically receive announcements about our upcoming events. Sign up now - it's free!

The Facebook Page posts event details and allow our members to share photos, action alerts, and host discussions about conservation and birding issues. Like us and help us reach our first milestone of 100 likes!

Young Birders Club:
Mt. Diablo Audubon Society sponsors the Mt Diablo Audubon Young Birders Club dedicated to all things birding, by and for young people. Young People and Parents are welcome. Contact Tracy Farrington at 925-788-6223, or at for more information.

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M D A S   U p d a t e s :

Dec/Jan Quail Available Online

Christmas Bird Count Here Again!

California Audubon announces win on Altamont wind farms

December Program - Richardson Bay Waterbird Program

California Audubon is working to protect Panoche Valley

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Protect the Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover

The Western Snowy Plover is a threatened small shorebird, approximately the size of a sparrow. During the breeding season, plovers can be seen nesting along the shores, peninsulas, offshore islands, bays, estuaries, and rivers of the United States' Pacific Coast from Oregon to California.

Poor reproductive success, resulting from human disturbance, predation, and inclement weather, combined with permanent or long-term loss of nesting habitat to encroachment of non-native European beachgrass and urban development has led to a decline in active nesting, as well as an overall decline in breeding and wintering population of the snowy plover along the Pacific coast.

The California Audubon website provices a comprehensive resource for information, education and community involvement. If you live near the coast, please checkout volunteer opportunities to support this endangered shorebird.

Fall is Here - Order Your Breeding Bird Atlas Now!

The Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County by Steven Glover is now available for purchase.  For each of the 161 species of the birds that breed in Contra Costa County, the book includes current and historical status, life history information, conservation  concerns, and range maps.  The book also contains 56 beautiful drawings by Dana Gardner.   This is a terrific book and a must have for birders.

Price: $15.00 (plus $3.31 postage) - Click Here to Order

Breeding Bird Atlas

East Bay Birds Sightings Yahoo Group:

Do you want to share your bird sightings with other Contra Costa and Alameda County birders? Would you like to know where birds are currently located?

You can now do both by joining the MDAS East Bay Birds Yahoo Group for bird watchers in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and the San Francisco Bay area. The group name is "EBB Sightings".

If you don't have a yahoo account, you will need to sign up for one. It is free and easy. Go to and click on Sign Up" at the top of the page.

Birding Trips - Raptor
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If you have never joined a Yahoo Group, follow these instructions: Once you are logged into your Yahoo account, from the Yahoo home page click on the Groups link or go to Yahoo Groups. You will get a search page, enter EBB Sightings as your search and hit return. On the EBB Sightings page, click on "join this group" or the group icon and follow the prompts to enter your information. You do not need to use the yahoo email address unless you want to. To use a non-yahoo address, enter that address at "other address" and then select that address as your primary email address. Your posts will be sent from this address and posts from other members will be sent to this address. Watch your spam folder for messages initially because you may need to add or update your spam filter.

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Raptors Are the Solution Newsletter

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RATS (Raptors Are The Solution) is a group of concerned citizens, agencies, and environmental groups working to educate the public about the danger to wildlife and ecosystems from using rodenticides. MDAS is recognized as a supporting group on the RATS website.

To view the current edition of RATS Tales (their bi-monthly newsletter) and/or sign up to receive future editions by email, click here.

Learn more about how you can help support this very important effort and download MDAS's conservation flyer brochure on our Conservation page.

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