Perched at Africa’s northwest corner, Morocco conjures images of Bedouins, sand dunes, and a smoke-filled Casablanca gin joint. But Morocco offers birders amazing landscapes, exciting cultural sights, and knockout birding. The enigmatic and endangered northern bald ibis, the desert-dwelling greater hoopoe-lark, and the “Atlas” tawny owl can all be found here. Gary Nunn chased these…

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Wednesday, January 18th 6:30 Social; 7:00 Program Join us for our monthly meeting and program at the BVAS Nature Center: this month’s program will feature the Salton Sea, with the film “Breaking Point” with director Bill Wisneski.  A casualty of the “water wars” in the Southwest, California’s largest lake is disappearing. The receding Salton Sea…

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What makes Southern California so ecologically diverse?  Dr. Allan Schoenherr, Professor of Ecology from CSU Fullerton is our guest speaker for November’s monthly meeting and program. Dr. Schoenherr is the author of “A Natural History of California” and “Natural History of the Islands of California.”  He will delve into Southern California’s climate and weather, and the…

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Wednesday, October 19 6:30 p.m. Social;  7:00 p.m. Program Spiders get a bad rap.  From Little Miss Muffet to Indiana Jones, they’ve sent us scurrying.  Admittedly carnivorous, typically venomous, there’s no evidence of them consuming us, with the possible exceptions of Bilbo Baggins and Harry Potter.  They do, however, eat an average of 2,000 insects…

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Join us for our monthly meeting and program at the BVAS Nature Center  September 21, Wednesday: this month’s program will feature Steve Shunk, who will delve into the amazing world of California’s woodpeckers, their crucial role in the ecosystems, and their habitats. Social starts at 6:30 and program is at 7:00. For more information, please…

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Most woodpeckers excavate their own nest and roost cavities, and most do so each breeding season. Where woodpeckers live, the abundance of cavities increases each year, and, more than 40 other North American bird species—not including the woodpeckers themselves—exploit this abundance for their own nests. Cavity excavation is their “signature behavior” elevating the woodpeckers’ ecological…

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Join us Wednesday, September 21 for our monthly program. 6:30: Social and 7:00 Program begins. Woodpeckers have always captured our attention.  Their unique anatomy and behavior sets them apart.  But like so many species, the path ahead is uncertain. The official California bird list includes 17 woodpecker species, 15 of which breed in the state—more…

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