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RROS Summer Field Trip: Modoc County

Mark your calendars!!!

Alturas is in the center of the county and has not the rumored one motel but five. However, these seem to be a bit pricey and we will find a camping alternative for those who wish to camp. Modoc has birds not often seen in the rest of the state like Bobolinks.

Stay tuned for more details in upcoming Kite Tales.

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9:15 AM09:15

RROS Field Trip: Skaggs Island with Murray Berner

  • 28020 Skaggs Island Rd Sonoma, CA 95476 (map)
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Birders should be at the Hudeman Slough gated bridge at 9:15 am.

We will enter and exit via the North Gate at the end of Skaggs Island Rd. Skaggs Island Rd is off Ramal Rd, about 3.6 miles east of Hwy 12. Parts of the road are rough. There is something new on this road, a gate at the north side of the bridge over Hudeman Slough. I will be there to let cars pass on to the north gate. Once inside, we will circle the island. On the island until about 12:30.

Skaggs Island is part of the San Pablo Bay NWR. The island is a former naval base grown up in grassland and coyote brush. Diurnal raptors are the primary attraction. Among the dozens of harriers, kites and red-tails we will look for Prairie Falcon, Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle and Burrowing Owl. Ferruginous Hawk and Short-eared Owl are possible. Marsh, brush and eucalyptus at the abandoned housing site hosts local wintering songbirds, the newly arrived Allen’s Hummingbird, and Merlin. Black Rail is sometimes heard from the tidal slough. We will loop the island in our vehicles. There will be a short walk along the Second Napa Slough levee. After Skaggs, we may check Hudeman Slough.

In addition to raptors, Hudeman hosts waterfowl and wading birds.

*Please note, in the event of a second government shutdown the Skaggs field trip will be cancelled.

Questions? Contact Ruthie Rudesill: (707) 833-6026 / (707) 481-0768 /

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7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Coldest, Driest, Windiest: Studying Adélie penguins at the bottom of the earth.

Join us as Point Blue Antarctica Project Leader Annie Schmidt discusses topics related to Adélie Penguin Ecology. The discussion will include an introduction to the Adélie penguin, an introduction to the Ross Sea and its global importance, how Adélie penguins are studied and what has been found in their recent work, conservation application, and recent observations from this winter’s (Antarctica’s summer) trip.

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8:00 AM08:00

RROS Bird Walk: Colusa NWR

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge via Lake County 7:15 am

Meet at Safeway parking lot on Calistoga Rd x Hwy 12 Santa Rosa, 7:15 am

We can get coffee, snacks, bathroom there and we will move cars for car pooling.
We will bird along the way in Lake County then at Colusa NWR, Bring lunch, water, layers, a scope would be helpful.There are bathrooms at the Refuge. Heavy rain cancels.

Questions? Call leader Ruthie Rudesill 707-833-6026, cell 707-48-768

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7:00 PM19:00

RROS Meeting

January Program: Unique ebird and Bird Identification Issues to Sonoma County

Join us for an informative talk by esteemed Naturalist and RROS member Lisa Hug as she goes through some challenges of using the hundreds of hotspots around Bodega Bay and surrounding coastal areas. She will also examine frequent identification issues encountered in our region.

First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

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7:00 PM19:00

RROS Meeting: Member's Photo and Art Night

The meeting's theme is “Members Share”, an appropriate focus for this season of giving! It’s not too late to organize some of your work to share.

In past years we’ve been treated to members’ photo slide presentations of birds from both near and far as well as member artists’ renditions of backyard and field observations from here and there. Bring whatever you’ve enjoyed from your own collection so that we can enjoy hearing and sharing both audio and visual experiences with you.  Remember to put your photos on a flash drive!

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