Mendocino County resident, Kate Marianchild, naturalist and author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, will present a Zoom program for the Redbud Audubon Society on Thursday March 18, starting at 7 p.m. entitled “Extraordinary Ordinary Birds of California’s Oak Woodlands.”
In a talk illustrated with audio and video recordings as well as beautiful slides, Marianchild will discuss some of the extraordinary birds that live right here in Lake County: tiny birds who build one of the ten most interesting nests in the world; woodpeckers who live in clans and share everything from food and nests to childcare and mates; and ducks who eat acorns and set off on “quad-athlons” when they are two days old.
Supporting a whopping 262 species, oak woodlands are California’s premier bird habitat and the nation’s third most important bird habitat. Many of those 262 species are so familiar to most people that they dismiss them as ordinary. But are any of them actually ordinary? “No,” says Marianchild. “Each one has had to acquire its own unique characteristics and behaviors, and some are truly extraordinary.”
Attendees will learn about little gray-brown birds who give each other showers and groom each others’ armpits; a riparian species whose members walk on river bottoms; and jays whose intelligence rivals that of chimpanzees. The talk will conclude with “The Great Blue Heron and the Chorus Frogs,” a true story with a surprise ending.
This presentation will open your eyes to the marvelous survival strategies, behaviors, and social structures of birds we see every day in California’s oak woodlands, and these birds will never again seem ordinary.
As with all of Redbud Audubon’s Zoom programs, participants are asked to register so the host can send you the link for the meeting. To register for the program go to www.redbudaudubon.org and click on the link: Redbud Audubon Program Registration that will be on the home page of the website. Submitting the form will register you for the meeting. Participants will need to register each month for the different programs as the Zoom link will change. A new Zoom link will be sent out at 6:30 p.m. the night of the program for everyone who has registered. This procedure prevents anyone from disrupting the meeting by “bombing” it.