STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY

Serving Merced and Stanislaus Counties

OUR MISSION

The Stanislaus Audubon Society promotes the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation. Expand for more details. For more information please visit the Chapter Information Page.

To accomplish this mission, we will...

TO ERIC HOPSON, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY AND BIRDY RETIREMENT! YOUR GOOD WORK IN RESTORING, PROTECTING AND PRESERVING THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN.

ANOTHER NEW STANISLAUS COUNTY BIRD SPECIES!  On Saturday, June 8, 2024, Jim Gain found two BLACK SKIMMERS  at the restricted Modesto Wastewater Treament Facilities during their once-monthly schedule for a bird survey open to the public.  Photo by Jim Gain.

NEW STANISLAUS COUNTY BIRD SPECIES!  On Saturday, April 27, 2024, Jodi Smith found a ROSEATE SPOONBILL at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.  The bird was seen among egrets and herons all that weekend by local and out-of-town birders.  This is the northernmost sighting of this species in the San Joaquin Valley, and in fact may be the same individual bird that had been sighted formerly in Kern County.  Many eBird posts have been made of this rarity.  Photo by Mark Elness.

INFORMATION REGARDING ACCESS TO MODESTO WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES

The ponds at this facility are open again for birdwatching to the general public, on the second Saturday and also on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.  If you wish to ask for permission and obtain the liability waiver, which must be signed and presented for 2024, you may contact Roxanne Lujan at birdwatching@modestogov.com.


UPCOMING STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIPS AND PROGRAMS, INCLUDING  A PROGRAM FROM SAN LUIS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

STANISLAUS AUDUBON FIELD TRIP

 

VASCHE LIBRARY, STANISLAUS STATE

1 University Circle, Turlock

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

 

This is a recurring indoors “field trip” to the Vasche Library to view the masterwork of A.J. Grayson, “Birds of the Pacific Slope.”  This pioneer and artist was one of the founders of the town of Grayson in Stanislaus County, and in his time he was often referred to as the “Audubon of the West.”  The 156 prints of his watercolors will be viewed in the Special Collections Department on the third floor.  This visit is limited to the first eight participants who register, and there will be a wait list.  Photo ID will be required.  To register, please RVSP at bees2@sbcglobal.net no later than Saturday, July 13.  Questions about parking and the library may be directed to Mary Weppler-Diver at mweppler@csustan.edu.

FROM SAN LUIS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2024 at 9:00am: Flycatchers in the Ryegrass (with apologies to J. D. Salinger) – indoor speaker presentation – 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, CA 93635

Naturalist Steve Johnston will highlight a group of birds known as "flycatchers" found on our refuges during winter, summer, or year-round.  Steve has records of nine species of the flycatcher family that have been found on the various units of San Luis NWR Complex.  In this presentation, we will look at all nine species.  Since eight of them are migratory, Steve will talk about when they arrive and leave, and where they go when they are not here.  We will also look at typical flycatcher behaviors that you can look for when you see them.  Steve will share his experiences observing and identifying these birds through story and photographs.  Meet in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room at 9:00 a.m.  This is an indoor presentation, and everyone is welcome to this free event. Please call 209-826-3508 extension 127 with any questions.  




AUDUBON ZOOM PROGRAM

 

RAPTOR QUEST

Scott Harris

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024

7:00 p.m.

 

 

In 2020, Scott Harris and his wife Randi retired from California to South Carolina, where their children and grandson live. That was also when he started birding—a hobby he had never imagined participating in, but now one he can’t imagine living without. While in California, Scott had a syndicated newspaper column and two weekly radio shows. Scott sat on many Boards of Directors, including Boys & Girls Club, United Way, The Sheriff’s Foundation, Pepperdine University, Moorpark College, and California State University Northridge. Scott’s interests and hobbies include owning the largest collection of John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley in the world, playing harmonica in a blues band for five years, and writing almost fifty books during the past six years.  RaptorQuest: Chasing America’s Raptors is his first entrée into the world of birding and birds.

 

Scott Harris spent 17 months chasing 53 Raptors across 34 states. His book RaptorQuest is about his adventures, misadventures, successes, and failures. His version of a Raptor Big Year took him from days that ranged from -36 to over 100 degrees, and from getting on the bird just in time to the frustrations of missing one by minutes. His book and this Zoom program are about the birds, of course, but they are also about the people he met, the things he learned, and why he is already working on his next adventure.

 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

Jul 12, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIudOmrpj4sGdxlTLbb-NXf9zZWllPamBii

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.