General Meetings:  7:00 PM, 2nd Tuesday of the month, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Programs begin at 7:30 PM. 

Board meetings  6:00 PM, 2nd Tuesday of the month, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. For the current agenda or to request minutes click here

Monthly meetings of the Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society are free.  Members and non-members are welcome! Meetings are held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, at the corner of Forest and Central in Pacific Grove . . second Tuesday of the month.  Doors open for socializing at 7:00 PM with soft drinks and cookies provided by MPAS hospitality.  

Programs begin at 7:30.  Please join us--and bring a friend!

TUESDAY September 12

Combatting Nature Deficit Disorder with Sarah Fox
Rewilding or conservation biology is a movement based in ecological  restoration that has recently expanded into reignition of ancestral lifeways as a transit for human rewilding. This unique cultural phenomenon will be discussed as it relates to outdoor education, the conservationist movement and wilderness therapy. As a group we will traverse the heart of human evolution beneath the lense of  hunter-gatherer tribes, agriculture and industrialization. An explicit focus of the effects of domestication through way of the destruction of wild space, its connection to “nature deficit disorder” and the loss of cultural and environmental diversity, will be explored.

TUESDAY October 10
New Perspectives on Seabirds and Mammals of Monterey Bay, with Fast Raft

Most seabirders and whalewatchers with experience on Monterey Bay are used to wildlife viewing from a certain perspective. Animals are enjoyed from an elevated position and surrounded by the groan of diesel engines alongside a few dozen fellow passengers. FastRaft offers a different kind of perspective and in the years since its inception on Monterey Bay has logged an impressive number of seabird rarities. "Fast Raft Ocean Safaris are a fun and exciting way to explore the beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Our low-to-the-water boat, Ranger, is comfortable, quiet, and highly maneuverable, offering an incredible perspective of marine wildlife and beautiful coastal scenery. With a maximum of six passengers, each tour is customized to the unique desires of our guests. Each passenger has a front row seat for an exhilarating experience of our amazing ocean wilderness.” (from

TUESDAY November 14
Birding Peru, a Land of Abundance and Endemism with Paul Fenwick & B. Sullivan
Please join us as we share our whirlwind adventure, taking you from sea level to 14,400 feet in the Andes as we chase Peruvian endemics. Our adventure found us surrounded by Storm-petrels 40 miles offshore, took us to  the vanishing Polylepis Forest high above the Sacred Valley concealing Machu Picchu, down through the pristine cloud forests transected by the Manu Road and beyond by riverboat. This ten day journey netted 600 species captured in ten-thousand photos, video and audio recordings, all presented to you by Brian Sullivan and Paul Fenwick.

Golden-tailed Sapphire by Paul Fenwick.

TUESDAY December 12
The American Coot: An Uncommonly Interesting, Common Bird
Bruce Lyon, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will talk about the American Coot, a frequently overlooked yet common bird.

Dr. Lyon has been studying the reproductive antics of American coots for the past two decades and has discovered that there is far more to this bird than meets the eye. He’ll highlight discoveries about the parental and reproductive strategies of coots, from both a natural history and scientific perspective.

Coots are bizarre when it comes to raising their chicks, and there are many puzzling features of coot parental care behavior. For example, why do coots lay far more eggs than they can normally raise and why do they beat up their kids so much? And, finally, why are baby coots born with such a ridiculously fluorescent orange plumage? Dr. Lyon will answer these questions and many more in his talk.

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