Chautauqua Raffle Results
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for the first-ever Chautauqua raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward funding next year’s Jeff Maurer Chautauqua Research Grant. Malgorzata Garlicka of Petaluma and Marcia Johnson of Sebastopol each won a pair of Wingspan Optics birding binoculars. Judy Obedzinski of San Geronimo won a custom birding trip with the Mono Lake Committee’s Lead Naturalist Guide. The grand prize of early registration for two for next year’s Chautauqua went to Raeann Koerner of Ventura.
Jeff Maurer Chautauqua Research Grant Request For Proposals
Each year a portion of the proceeds from the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua fund a small grant ($1,000-$2,500) that supports continuing research and education connections. The grant is named in honor of Jeff Maurer, a dedicated field biologist, educator, and long-time Chautauqua presenter. Interested? Check out the Request for Proposals. The grant application is due by May 18, 2018.
T-shirt design by L Wren Walraven - Pre-order only!
That's right, we've brought back the Chautauqua T-shirt, this time by pre-order only! This year's bird is a Belted Kingfisher by L Wren Walraven. Pre-order your Chautauqua T-shirt when you register on April 15th. Each T-shirt costs $20. If you would like to order more than one per person, please contact us to order the additional T-shirts by May 15. We will NOT have T-shirts for sale at the event, so take a look at the new design and decide early. We will have both unisex and women's cuts in the color navy. The design shown is on the back and it will say "Seventeenth Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua" on the front in small text.
New registration system online
Great news—we have a brand-new registration system this year! You may recognize it if you've attended the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival or the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. We are excited for this new system that makes it faster to sign up for trips and easier to register groups, all without needing a username or password. We have opened the registration in practice mode until midnight on Friday, April 13th, so you can familiarize yourself with the new process before actual registration day, which starts at 6:30am on Sunday, April 15th. Please note, you will not be able to complete your registration in practice mode. Please visit the registration page on our website and watch the tutorial video we recorded to walk you through registration step-by-step. Happy planning!