Get to Know Your Local Birds Presentation and Christmas Bird Count Review Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7PM in the Ukiah City Council Chambers Peregrine Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has those experts who can help bring us a step closer to our goal of identifying the local birds. Join us on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ukiah City Council Chambers when Bob Keiffer will point out distinguishing field marks of our Ukiah area birds. He will discuss and illustrate the sparrows and finches, jays and blackbirds, ducks and waders, as well as the raptors, the hawks and owls, all in living color. Bring your tough questions for the experts. What birds can I expect in my back yard this winter? How do sparrows and finches differ? Is it really possible to see eagles in the Ukiah Valley? What are the ducks and gulls at Lake Mendocino? Anyone interested in bird calls? Our speaker can help with that too. Peregrine Audubon also offers help in the field. Beginners and experienced birders can come to the December 12 meeting at 7PM and sign up for the Count, which takes place on Saturday, December 16. We will explain how the Christmas Bird Count works, introduce team leaders, and match you with a group that can best help take you that next step toward better bird biology. Bob will also give a presentation that he and Matthew Matthiessen have put together over the last few years. The really avid begin before daybreak and in all kinds of weather. The rest of us can participate for parts of the day or even count at home if we live within the 15-mile diameter count circle (which includes Ukiah). There will be a beginners' count starting at 10AM and meeting at the gate to Mendocino College on Hensley Creek Road. By all means, contact Cheryl Watson (707-462-4289) or Bob Keiffer (707-744-1160) for details. We meet after the CBC for a potluck dinner in the Grace Hudson Museum Public Room on South Main Street. Bring a dish, something to drink, and your eating utensils and join us at 6:00 p.m..