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Educational Program: Elephants - Beyond the Ivory Problem with Jill Hedgecock
Asian Elephant, photo by Jill Hedgecock Our monthly educational meetings include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments, and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed! Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. You are welcome to join us for the entire meeting or just the Educational Program. 6:30 p.m. Doors open 7:00 p.m. Birding Information 7:25 p.m. Chapter Announcements and Business 7:40 p.m. Social time, refreshments and door prize drawing 8:05 p.m. Educational Program Birding Information: Assemblymember Tim Grayson will speak about environmental issues affecting our district and state and take questions from our members. Assemblymember Grayson was elected to serve in the California Assembly in November 2016 as the representative of the 14th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. In 2010, Grayson was elected to serve on the Concord City Council, winning reelection in 2014 and serving on the Council until his election to the Assembly. He also served as Concord’s Mayor from 2014 – 2015. A long time East Bay resident, Tim lives in Concord with Tammy, his wife of more than 28 years, and their children, Joe and Cassie. Main Program: Elephants: Beyond the Ivory Problem - Jill Hedgecock Jill Hedgecock will share some of her elephant experiences from her trip to Thailand and Cambodia. During her visit to The Elephant Nature Park outside of Chang Mai, she witnessed firsthand the unique challenges facing today’s Asian elephant populations. The Elephant Nature Park, a 250-acre rescue and rehabilitation center housing 76 rescued elephants, offers a bright ray of hope for these amazing creatures and provides an ethical alternative for tourists to support humane treatment of these giant beasts. During her talk, Jill with share some of the heart-warming stories of the elephants currently living at this sanctuary. Gray matriarchs like 73-year-old Sook Jai that arrived completely blind and mostly deaf, but still plays nanny to two young rescued elephants. Jill Hedgecock’s long-standing roots run deep with the Mount Diablo Audubon Society, serving as the International Conservation Coordinator in the early 1990s, as a leader of the Black Diamond Mine Christmas count circle, and this year as a reporter covering the Christmas Bird Count. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and her novel about a seventeen-year-old girl on safari who finds herself at odds with rhino poachers is nearing completion. To learn more about Jill’s book visit and for the Elephant Nature Park , visit

The Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm

1540 Marchbanks Drive · Walnut Creek, CA

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    Mount Diablo Audubon Society (’s goal is a sustainably balanced community of people, birds and other wildlife. If you share our love of birds, are interested in local environmental issues or just enjoy being outdoors, please join us for our educational programs, field trips and other events:

    · Free monthly membership meetings featuring interesting and diverse topics about the natural world

    · More than 45 guided local field trips for beginning- to advanced-level birders

    · Our Young Birders Club dedicated to all things birding (parents are welcome)

    · Citizen science activities such as Christmas Bird Counts and our new phenology study which looks at impacts of climate change on our local birds

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