The rich wetlands of the Laguna de Santa Rosa are home to an incredible diversity of waterfowl, birds of prey, and songbirds. These birds and their life histories vary almost as much as the landscape itself -from the nearly four-foot tall Great Blue Heron wading in a pond to the tiny Common Yellowthroat hiding in the cattails. Join us for a fun and leisurely learning experience with Lisa Hug, local naturalist and well-known birder. We will begin with hot drinks, snacks and a short presentation in Heron Hall to learn about some of the feathered friends we are likely to come across in the Laguna, and then carpool out to Meadow Lane Ponds see and hear them in person. Finally, we will return to Heron Hall to eat our packed lunches together and make a list of the birds we encountered to round out the day.
Lisa Hug originally came to California from the Midwest in 1986. She was very involved with Point Reyes Bird Observatory and eventually became a contract biologist and freelance naturalist in the mid-1990s. She has been teaching for the College of Marin, Petaluma Adult School and Point Reyes Field Institute for over a decade. She was president of Redwood Region Ornithological Society for two years and received the Martha Bentley and Ernestine Smith Award For the Dedication to Wildlife Conservation Education in 2009. She was regional coordinator for the Sonoma County Breeding Bird Atlas and is currently one of the Sonoma County Reviewers for ebird.org. She is the editor for the Birds Checklist for the Laguna de Santa Rosa which can be bought through the Laguna Foundation Store.