Please attend: Sierra Club community meeting on local issues and initiatives in Escondido, Thursday, Feb 22, 6:30 PM

Two
VERY important plans related to our climate underway right now.  
The Escondido Climate Action Plan and the SANDAG Regional
Transportation Plan are being developed and need public input and involvement.

Please come to this community meeting to learn
more about them and how you can get involved.

Presenters will be from Sierra Club and
Escondido Climate Action Alliance.

We will also get updated on some local
environmental ballot initiatives and the new Respect the Eagle campaign! 
This meeting is open to the public.

 
San Diego Sierra Club, North County Group is
hosting a 
Community Meeting
Thursday,
February 22, 2018

7:00 – 8:30 PM
North County Live Well Center
649 West Mission Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
(Between Rock Springs Rd. and Quince on the south
side of Mission Ave.) 

 
Please come learn about important conservation
issues of the San Diego Sierra Club and Sierra Club North County Group.

 
Learn more about how to:

·        
Get
Active:
  Long-time
Sierra Club activist Dave Grubb will brief us on the important Regional
Transportation Plan and how you can get involved.   
·        
Help
the Climate:
  Marian Sedio,
from the Escondido Climate Action Alliance will discuss plans for the update underway
for the Escondido Climate Action Plan.  
·        
Get
Updated:
 On what is going on locally related to the environment.

 
Light snacks will be served.  This meeting
is open to the public and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Celebrate our local birds–Join the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 16

Lately, we have a new neighbor in the area you might see if you’re lucky.  The Phainopepla is normally a desert bird but he has been hanging around our backyard and elsewhere for several weeks.  He looks like a pure black cardinal with a bright red eye.  His mate, (who I think he’s hoping to attract) has not yet been seen but she is a very different color (dimorphism-vocab word of the day).  He can eat 1,100 mistletoe berries a DAY when they are available.  His call sounds like a water drip from a faucet.  If you hear a single drop…look around, that is probably him!  We don’t usually see these in our area so this is a treat.
And, what a perfect bird to count in the 2018 annual Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is the most fun annual international event!  It can be entered by anyone of any age and it can be accomplished in as little as 15 minutes; all you have to do is count the birds you see at home or elsewhere and identify them.
Bird populations can be affected by changing climate and weather events. Sometimes these changes impact the size of the species and/or their whereabouts. The annual contest is conducted to assist the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn about where birds are and how they’re doing. Those experts can’t be everywhere at once, so they depend on us “volunteer collectors” during the GBBC. Last year there were 160,000 participants who submitted their findings, the largest snapshot of the world’s birds taken during one short period of time.
When you sign up for the GBBC you will get all kinds of great resources to ready you for the event, including ways to collect your data, how to organize it, species lists, and apps with species names, photos, and geographical regions of nearly every known bird in the world. Plus, you will get many tips on how to conduct and submit your surveys, as well as how to maximize your experience for your own benefit.
Lately, we’ve see a 
We have a new neighbor in the area you might see if you’re
lucky.  The Phainopepla is normally a desert bird but he has been hanging
around our backyard and elsewhere for several weeks.  He looks like a pure
black cardinal with a bright red eye.  His mate, (who I think he’s hoping
to attract) has not yet been seen but she is a very different color
(dimorphism-vocab word of the day).  He can eat 1,100 mistletoe berries a
DAY when they are available.  His call sounds like a water drip from a
faucet.  If you hear a single drop…look around, that is probably
him!  We don’t usually see these in our area so this is a treat.