Thursday, February 02, 2006

Bald Eagle Watching at Lake Hemet

Interested in seeing and learning about Bald Eagles? Join the US Forest Service Wildlife Biologists for a morning of bald eagle watching at Lake Hemet.

Call Heidi Sellers at (909) 382-2945.

And remember, you can call the Desert Cities Bird Club any time you would like more information about Birding in the Palm Springs area or in the surrounding mountains.

The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

This nature festival offers “great birding in Central Arizona’s diverse habitats”
(928) 282-2202


Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center has a bird walk on the first Saturday of each month from 8-10:00 a.m. 46500 Van Buren St., Indio (760) 347-2647

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve has bird & nature walks on Wednesdays and Saturdays except the first Saturday of every month from 8-10:00 a.m. 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley for info call Dee Zeller at (760) 363-7190

The Living Desert members only bird walks are held on the second Thursday of each month from October through May. Remember to be at the admissions gate promptly at 7:30 a.m. for early admission. See you there! 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert call (760) 346-5694 ext. (8)2506

Book Review

The Bedside Book of Birds ~An Avian Miscellany~By Graeme Gibson
Recommended by DCBC Member Donna DeClue
It is a delightful treat to have a copy of Graeme Gibson’s book, The Bedside Book of Birds on the nightstand next to your bed. It is exactly as the title proclaims – a pick up and put down volume to read before retiring for the night. The questions Mr. Graham has asked himself are “What is it about birds that calls to us?” and “Why do humans engage themselves with birds?” The response to his curiosity is the compilation of 369 pages filled with poems, folk talks, parables, legends and extracts from the works of naturalists and others who struggle with the very questions Gibson has asked. Some of the material reflects the joy many people feel on seeing or hearing a bird - but a number of the pieces reflect the human exploitation and cruelty that have been directed toward birds. This book provides a rare glimpse into avian-human relations that have existed for thousands of years. It is beautifully illustrated with more than 100 images of birds from folk art, ancient sculpture and works of artists such as Audubon, Lansdowne and Catesby.

Desert Cities Bird Club Supports Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Desert Cities Bird Club is supporting the Reserve Country Club in Palm Desert in its efforts to become certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Desert Naturalist Certificate

The Desert Naturalist Certificate from College of the Desert can easily be earned in two semesters. The courses focus on the wildlife & plants native to the Coachella Valley desert area. It is fun! Call (760) 776-7285.