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WWG Fall Meeting, Oct 11-13, 2017 - Petaluma, CA

Despite the multiple fires in Sonoma County, we are still having our meeting.  The fires are well north and east of Petaluma.  But, it could be smoky, so come with eye drops and masks if you're sensitive to smoke. 

We're gearing up for another blockbuster.  Ground yourself once again among our friends and colleagues in the western US bird conservation community.

A major theme of our agenda (downloadable below) is, stepping down the 2016 PIF Landbird Conservation Plan, working with JVs, Conservation Business plans, and other broad topics.  The meeting starts Wednesday at 1:30, and will be followed by two full days on Thursday and Friday from 9:00-5:00.  We are planning a pre-meeting field trip for Wednesday morning 7:00-11:30 and an all-day pelagic trip out of Bodega Bay on Saturday the 14th, so make your travel plans accordingly.

Location:  We will be meeting at Point Blue Conservation Science headquarters, but staying at the Hotel Petaluma.  The two are about 3 miles apart.    

If you can't be with us in Petaluma, then....

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Lodging:  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Petaluma. Please call 1–707-559-3393 to reserve your room by phone. Please register ASAP, the room block was open through AUGUST 9th  for the gvt. rate.  Not sure it still applies.  Good luck.  Our room block was/is under the promotion code, “PIF Western Working Group – Partners in Flight”.  Rooms are at the government per diem rate of $148.00 per night and include free WIFI and free parking in nearby garage. 

Registration is online:   

The cost for the meeting is $30/day, or $80 for the entire meeting (2 ½ days).  

Transportation:  Flight options include San Francisco, Oakland, and Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (Alaska, American and United) and drive/shuttle to Petaluma. 

We have developed a logistics (car-pooling) spreadsheet, the link to that spreadsheet is

The spreadsheet is designed to assist with meeting space needs, travel planning and carpool rides to and from the airports so please fill in your info. We will need some folks to rent cars. The ‘Airport Express’ ( offers airport shuttles to and from both Oakland and SFO. Shuttle drop off in Petaluma (Petaluma Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952) is about 15 -20 minute walk (or 5 minute Lyft ride) from the Petaluma Hotel


Other Info:

Point Blue HQ address: 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA, 94954 ( it is at the back of the building with a view of the wetlands). 

Note: Do not confuse the Palomarin Conference Room at Point Blue HQ in Petaluma (where we will be meeting) with the Palomarin Field Station near Bolinas (where we will be staging for the Wednesday morning field trip).   


Don’t forget your “Give Away Prizes!”  We always have a table of interesting t-shirts, quarts of beer, bottles of wine, hats, scarves and other interesting “birdy” items.  We use these incentives to get folks back in their seats after a break.  If your # is called, and your butt is in your seat, you get to go select a prize from the table!  Bring fun stuff!


Field Trips:

There will be a Wednesday morning field trip and a Saturday all day pelagic trip from Bodega Harbor. Make sure to mark your participation on the logistics spreadsheet so we can plan vehicles.  The field trip details are:


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A bird tour of West Marin including Bolinas Lagoon, Point Reyes National Seashore and Point Blue’s Palomarin Field Station (‘longest running banding station west of the Mississippi’). Meet at Palomarin Field Station Wednesday at 0800 (Directions:


Saturday October 14, 2017

Bodega Bay to Cordell Banks Pelagic Trip: Lead by Steve Howell (author of “Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America”), we’ll venture out to the Cordell Bank- one of the best seabirding locations in the West Coast (at the best time of the year) - where we’ll look for Black-footed Albatross, Ashy Storm Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Buller’s Shearwater, Rhinoceros Auklet, South Polar Skua, jaegars, and many other pelagic species. The Cordell Bank is also renowned for marine mammals, from Humpbacks to Northern Fur Seals.  Additional details: We’ll be aboard Rick Power’s New Sea Anger, a 65 ft fishing charter boat. Boat departs 7 a.m., returns as late as 5 p.m.   Cost:  ~ $100 - $140/person depending on how many participants.  


If you've signed up, you've likely received an email from Ryan Gaudio.  If you think you've signed up for the pelagic trip but haven't heard from Ryan (which would be weird), then email him, pronto.  

You may now pay for the field trip online here:

Looking forward to a productive, engaging meeting; let me know if you have any questions about meeting logistics or the agenda. Questions about meeting location Geoff Geupel  ( Field trips Ryan DiGaudio (


Mike Green,
Oct 6, 2017, 12:22 PM