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News & Events

We frequently participate in public events which are excellent opportunities to meet our Educational Ambassadors.

Throughout the year BRC runs a schedule of educational programs at our outdoor classroom and offsite at schools and with community groups. To learn more about how you can schedule a program, please contact us.

Save the Dates! —
The Wild Birds of Northern California 2014 Lecture Series. 
Four evenings. Four presentations by four regional experts.

7pm sharp on the following four Fridays:
September 12, 19, 26, October 3

At Church of the Roses
2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa (Patio Ct. and Hahman Dr. in Montgomery Village)

The lectures are free and open to the public (donation requested).

Sept 12  Feathers and Bones, with Dave Lukas, Naturalist and Bird Guidebook Author   [lukasguides.com]

How do birds manage to fly and function in such challenging environments, sometimes migrating thousands of miles? What makes birds so light? How do feathers grow? The amazing variety of plumage, both in structure and function, will be covered, as well as the specialized anatomical features of bird bones — getting to the very essence of what it means to be a bird.

An engaging and entertaining speaker, David is a naturalist and author of six books, including Sierra Nevada Natural History and Wild Birds of California. His latest book, Bay Area Birds, is the first comprehensive guide to the birds of the region. His research projects have taken him around the world, and he has led bird programs in California and Oregon for 20 years.

Sept 18  Identifying Birds of Prey with Larry Broderick, West County Hawk Watch [westcountyhawkwatch.blogspot.com]

Join us for a fun and interactive evening and learn what to look for when viewing hawks, falcons, eagles and many other resident, migrant and over-wintering raptors, whether in-flight or perched. Adult and juvenile plumage variations, silhouettes and other hints for quick identification in the wild will be covered.

Larry established West County Hawk Watch in 1995, and the Jenner Headlands Hawk Watch four years ago. He helps people learn about the natural history and identification of birds of prey, leading tours for hawk watchers of all ages in collaboration with Sonoma Land Trust and Solano Land Trust, and directs the Jenner Headlands Coastal Raptor Migration Project.

Sept 26  Songbirds of Sonoma County, with Veronica Bowers, Native Songbird Care and Conservation [nativesongbirdcare.org]

Join us for an evening devoted to our regional songbirds as Veronica describes her highly specialized work to rehabilitate and successfully release these native treasures back into the wild.

Veronica has worked exclusively with passerines (songbirds) since 1998 and founded The Songbird Hospital (now Native Songbird Care & Conservation) in 2004. Passerines are a diverse group of birds that require a high level of specialized and well-managed care, and Veronica has been their innovative and tireless advocate

Oct 3  Owls of Northern California, with with Paul Bannick, author of The Owl and The Woodpecker   [paulbannick.com] and [conservationnw.org]

Paul will take us into the fascinating and often-hidden world of the owls that can be found all around us. Explore the diverse habitats, physical characteristics and behaviors of these mysterious birds through the lens of this noted author and nature photographer.

Paul combines his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, in order to educate and inspire. His first book The Owl and the Woodpecker (2008), remains one of the best selling bird books in North America. His work has appeared in many books and magazines in North America and Europe, including Audubon and Sunset. He currently serves as Director of Development for Conservation Northwest

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Note: Attendance is mandatory for all those interested in attending the Raptor Education Program classes to learn to handle The Bird Rescue Center’s resident raptors. Contact the Center at 523-2473 for more info.

Earlier in 2014

Join us for —
2nd Annual Festival of Feathers!

Saturday, April 26, 11am-4pm (free)

Guests will be wowed by opportunities for up-close encounters with the Center’s resident birds of prey, which will include a variety of owls, falcons and hawks. Kids of all ages will enjoy a selection of fun and educational activities. Appetizers, snacks, desserts and wines representing Sonoma County’s finest will be available. A silent auction and raffle with items and services offered by wonderful local artists and businesses will be offered.

For gardeners, birders and more
Spring Garden Tour with Maile Arnold

Saturday, June 7: One morning tour and one afternoon tour

Three gardens are included in each tour; those of Maile Arnold, Nancy Bauer and Art Slater (Both Art and Maile are on the Center’s Board of Directors). Pre-registration is required as tour sizes are limited: $20. Signup at the admissions desk at BRC. Tour directions will be provided.