Sunday, 04 June 2023


Great blue herons nest in rookeries in the tops of trees. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Thursday, April 20, Redbud Audubon will host Scott Jennings, an avian ecologist with the Audubon Canyon Ranch in Marin County.

The program will be presented on Zoom starting at 7 p.m.

Since 1990, Audubon Canyon Ranch has had a program monitoring heron and egret nesting colonies throughout the northern part of the San Francisco Bay area.

During that time, the researchers have observed several colonies change in size or be abandoned, and have seen new colonies form.

In recent years they have used GPS telemetry to study how Great Egrets move across the landscape, in part to learn how far individual egrets might move when they abandon a nesting colony.

A black-crowned night heron. Courtesy photo.

Jennings will talk about how nesting abundance of great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets and black-crowned night-herons has changed over the last 30 years, and how that information can be used to guide wetland conservation.

He will also share what they have learned about how frequently heron and egret colonies change size or are abandoned, factors thought to be related to colony abandonment, and how often birds return to abandoned colonies.

Jennings grew up in Mendocino and Humboldt counties and earned a BA degree in environmental studies and biology at UC Santa Cruz and a MS degree in wildlife science at Oregon State University.

Over the last 17 years he has studied the ecology and nesting behavior of everything from wrentits to spotted owls to Adelie penguins.

A great blue heron carries a stick to its nest on the shores of Clear Lake. Courtesy photo.

Outside of work he spends most of his free time surfing, hiking, backpacking, traveling, hunting and fishing.

He lives outside Petaluma with his wife, two dogs, two horses, four sheep, a dozen or so chickens, and a weedy vegetable garden.

Please register for the meeting by going to and click on the registration link on the home page.

After you register, the Zoom link for the program will be sent on the day of the presentation.

Green herons are solitary nesters. Courtesy photo.

Vietnam Veterans of America members delivered 1,650 pounds of nonperishable food to the Lakeport Senior Center at the end of March 2023. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Veterans of Lake County Dave Waldschmitt and Ken Scott recently delivered 1,650 pounds of nonperishable food to the Lakeport Senior Center.

The food was donated from the Vietnam Veterans of America, Santa Rosa chapter, in partnership with Lakeport Elks Lodge 2704.

So far this year, with Lakeport Elks sponsorship, the Lake County veterans team has provided monthly food donations to several Lake County organizations including Upper Lake Senior Center, Lucerne’s First Lutheran Church and this month to the Lakeport Senior Center.

The Vet Connect Stand Down group of Lake County is an all-volunteer veteran support organization with its primary focus on veterans in crisis and or veterans who might be or become homeless.

Providing food to organizations that feed many financially challenged individuals, including many vets, is one of its support mechanisms.

It operates strictly on donations which assists in finding emergency housing, counseling and a host of services. For more information call 707-262-3111 or 707-245-4736.

The Elks have a long history of supporting both active military forces and retired veterans.

Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items, provide gifts, host holiday celebrations, and recreational activities at bases and hospitals and stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon.

Contact Lakeport Lodge 2704 at 707-263-0254 to participate in its Veterans Services or to benefit from them, or visit

Elks pledge, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The deadline to apply for grants through the Lake County Wine Alliance is fast-approaching, and event organizers are encouraging interested organizations to apply.

The application process to be chosen for funds from the 2023 22nd Annual Lake County Wine Auction is now open. Go to to submit an application.

The deadline for submission of applications is May 1, 2023.

For more information or questions please contact Marie Beery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2023 Lake County Wine Auction will be held on Sept. 16 at the Mercantile by Shannon Family of Wines.

There will be wine tasting, samples of many of Lake County food purveyors, a three-course dinner prepared by Lower Lake High School Culinary class, Saw Shop Public House and Woodland College Lake County.

For more information go to

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Library’s Literacy Program has scheduled an in-person no-cost Tutor Training Wednesday April 26, at the Lakeport Library.

The training will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Light snacks and refreshments, and training materials will be provided.

Hosted by Literacy Program Coordinator Georgina Marie Guardado and facilitated by Lake County Literacy Coalition Board Member Pam Klier, participants will learn useful techniques for teaching adults to read.

No experience is needed and ongoing support and workshops are provided for tutors. Upon completion of the training, tutors will be matched with adult learners in a variety of settings around the county.

Those who would like to help adults improve their literacy skills are encouraged to attend.

More than 43 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level, according to the ProLiteracy organization.

Becoming a tutor can help someone to a better future.

In addition to teaching literacy, the program offers services for GED and High School Equivalency test preparation, digital literacy, citizenship application assistance, written driving tests, and more.

A Family Literacy program is also available to encourage family engagement and early literacy.

For more information or to register for tutor training, please call 707-263-7633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit the Lake County Library Website at

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club will meet at noon, Tuesday, April 18.

The group will meet at the Lakeport Scotts Valley Women’s Club House at 2298 Hendricks Road.

Cookies, finger food, veggies, coffee and tea will be provided.

The featured speaker will be John Nowell, retired battalion chief from the Los Angeles City Fire Department and current board member of the Konocti Fire Safe Council.

He will present a program on fire safety, “Defensible Space Around Your Home.”

The club welcomes new members and information can be found by visiting

For more information please call Carol at 707 279-1169.

The Clear Lake Trowel & Trellis Garden Club is a member of the Mendo-Lake District of the California Garden Club Inc.-Pacific Region and National Garden Clubs Inc.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — On Saturday April 15, Matt Mazzei Chevrolet is partnering with Westshore Little League in Lakeport.

Matt Mazzei Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball & Softball program to provide new equipment, invitations to free instructional clinics and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a test drive fundraiser.

“Playing baseball and softball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation, and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Matt Mazzei Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball & Softball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Lakeport,” said Jean Pierre Zombil, GM coordinator for Matt Mazzei Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes in the power of play as a way for young people to build the skills needed to be successful in the future and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball and softball instills in its players.”

The year 2023 marks the eighteenth year of Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball & Softball program and has benefitted over 9 million players since it launched in 2006.

Last year, more than 1,200 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Matt Mazzei Chevrolet will present Westshore Little League an equipment kit that includes useful items such as equipment bags, first aid kits, batting tees, and ball buckets.

The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, or instruction from Ripken Baseball.

In addition, Matt Mazzei Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time donation to Westshore Little League.

Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds to support the league as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball & Softball, please visit

Upcoming Calendar

06.07.2023 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
East Region Town Hall
06.08.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
06.09.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crafters group
06.10.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crafters group
06.10.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
06.10.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
06.12.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
Lakeport Senior Center
Flag Day
06.15.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center

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