The Sacramento Audubon Society Board of Directors meet on the last Tuesday of each month. Please contact the President if you wish to attend - President@sacramentoAudubon.org
The minutes of past Board Meetings can be found here.
Directions: From California Avenue in Carmichael, turn into Ancil Hoffman Park on Tarshes Drive. Follow Tarshes past the entrance kiosk. At the next stop sign turn left on to San Lorenzo Way and drive a few hundred yards. The Nature Center parking lot will be on your right. Please note that the Palm Ave only allows vehicles to exit the park onto Palm. There is no entry at the end of Palm Ave.
To get customized directions, in the map on right click on the blue "Directions" (near top right corner), and enter where you are coming from.
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area: History, Habitat Management, Rice Farming, Grazing, Access and Birds by Robin Kulakow
The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is a 16,800-acre mosaic of wetlands, grasslands, streamside forest, pasture and rice land owned and managed by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Robin’s presentation will cover the history of the grassroots effort that lead to the creation of the Wildlife Area in the 1990s and how it is managed as part of the Yolo Bypass, the floodway that protects the Sacramento Region. Thousands of acres of productive rice land and pasture provide wildlife habitat and income for operations and maintenance of the Wildlife Area. Learn about how the wetlands are managed to provide high quality, diverse habitat for wetland birds, while balancing flood protection, agriculture, mosquito control and public use. The Foundation works in partnership with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and sponsors numerous programs fostering access to the Wildlife Area with activities such as Discover the Flyway program for schools, CA Duck Days, and Bat Walk and Talks. Volunteer opportunities will be described. Access for birding will also be discussed as well as future challenges.
Robin Kulakow served as the founding Executive Director of the Yolo Basin Foundation until 2015. Ms. Kulakow’s vision, resource management background, and partnership building skills enabled her to facilitate the creation and management of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, an effort that began with members of Yolo Audubon in 1989. She was on the founding board of Putah Creek Council that also began in 1989.
In retirement, she facilitates the Yolo Bypass Working Group and manages grants for the Foundation for restoration projects in the Putah Creek watershed and on the Wildlife Area. She facilitates stakeholder outreach in the Yolo Bypass to foster community based solutions to proposed large scale habitat and flood protection projects. She helps administer a fellowship program to support graduate students at UC Davis and Sacramento State doing wildlife-related research in the Yolo Bypass, funded by her family. She has been widely recognized for her persistent quiet advocacy, including the Putah Creek Keeper Award, Director’s Achievement Award from CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, City of Davis Environmental Award, and a special resolution of the California State Legislature. She took President Clinton birdwatching when he came to dedicate the Wildlife Area in 1997.
2017-18 Meeting Dates
September 21, 2017 Migrating and Wintering Locations of Swainson's Hawks by Dan
Airola/Update on Habitat Preservation for Swainson's Hawks in
Sacramento by Judith Lemare.
October 19, 2017 Sandhill Crane Biology and Viewing by Paul Tebbel
November 9, 2017 Yolo Bypass State Wildlife Area by Robin Kulakow
January 18, 2018 Norway/Svalbard by Ed Harper
Past Presentations at the General Meetings:
A Visit to Borneo
Shrinking Salton Sea
Things that Sting and Bite
Historical Records Into ebird
A Year in the Life of a North American Owl
The Game Warden's Son
Wildlife of Indian, Bhutan, and Thailand
Birds of South America
Birds and Wildlife of Northern Japan
Why we bird
Our Changing Oceans
Birds of Saudi Arabia
Birds & Culture of Oaxaca
Rattlesnakes Northern Saw-whet Owls Flammulated Owls of Lake Davis California Spiders Tricolored Blackbirds Bird Learning, Instinct, and Intelligence Wetlands of California's Central Valley
Birds of Sierra Nevada Midway Atoll Albatrosses Wood Ducks Saw-whet Owl migration
White-nosed syndrome in Bats Sierra Nevada Adaptive Mgmt Project Birds of Borneo Indonesian Birds
Sacramento Region's Ecosystems
San Juaquin River Restoration History of Falconry Ring Tailed Cats eBird Birding Montana Pelagic Birds Arctic Summer