Greetings, FAS members and friends. I hope this message finds you well.
With in-person field trips on the back burner for the foreseeable future, FAS will once again be holding virtual trips at various local birding hotspots. We are working on a date and location for a virtual tour in October, so please watch for an email announcement regarding that event. If any of you have suggestions for potential virtual tour locations here in the Central Valley, particularly areas with good cellular Internet speeds and clear views of birds, please send an email to email@example.com.
Many thanks to those who attended the September 14 general meeting. Rich Cimino’s presentation on the birds of Belize was quite enthralling! If you missed this meeting and would like to view the presentation, you can find it and other general meeting presentations on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FresnoAudubon.
The next FAS general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12. Blake Barbaree of Point Blue Conservation Science will be talking to us about the organization’s shorebird conservation efforts in the Central Valley and beyond. This will be a talk you definitely don’t want to miss.
I’d like to remind all of you that FAS is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Please give FAS a follow if you haven’t already. This is a great way to engage with us and stay in the loop.
To end this message, I’d like to share two photos. Both are of an adult male Williamson’s Sapsucker. Note the small red chin patch, the white striping behind the eye and across the cheek, the black breast and backside, and the yellow wash on the belly. This species can be found in coniferous and mixed forests in mountainous areas of western North America. In the Sierra Nevada, look for this uncommon bird in higher-elevation forests, and be aware that the females look nothing like the males! Rather, they have brown heads and black and white barring over a large portion of the body. Enjoy the pictures.