STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY

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. For more information please visit the Chapter Information Page.
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To accomplish this mission we will...

  • Promote scientifically sound conservation strategies for the protection of native ecosystems and demonstrate the value of conservation to the community.

  • Educate our community about the benefits of preserving and enjoying nature, focusing on youth education programs, public outreach, and field trips.

  • Support research into maintaining, restoring, and understanding native ecosystems, particularly those of birds.

  • Collaborate with the National Audubon Society, Audubon-California, Audubon Chapters, and other organizations to accomplish our common goals.

NEW STANISLAUS COUNTY BIRD SPECIES SIGHTING

During a non-public access survey on April 17, 2022, Harold Reeve spotted an immature male BLACK SCOTER among American Coots at the Modesto Wastewater Treatment Facility. Sharon Reeve and Kathy Rasmussen were also present to record this rarity. Black Scoter is now Stanislaus County bird species #327.

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEW AUDUBON FIELD TRIP!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022 – ORANGE BLOSSOM RECREATION AREA

Orange Blossom and Rodden Roads, Oakdale

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Trip Leaders, Salvatore Salerno and John Harris

During this family-friendly “walk with binoculars” in this post-breeding season, we will be looking and listening for fledgling birds along the trail. Meet at the parking lot. There is a day use fee of $5.00 per vehicle, free to owners of The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass. Participants of all skill levels are welcome. They should bring their own binoculars, a field guide, water, and insect repellent.



AUDUBON ZOOM PROGRAM

RIVER PARTNERS AND DOS RIOS RANCH PRESERVE

Julie Rentner

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022

7:00 p.m.

Julie will share the story of the ecological restoration at Dos Rios Ranch that has been completed over the past ten years. The program will include details about the process to design, permit and fund large-scale ecological restoration. In addition, she will show as the outcomes of restoration, from habitats for nesting birds and riparian brush rabbits to water conservation and carbon sequestration. Julie will also bring some of the updated climate projections for flooding that drive ecological functions in the river corridor, with some discussion about what valley residents can expect in the future for birds and other wildlife. Julie Rentner is president of River Partners. Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86841222534?pwd=ZjVOU0hwSGVLUGJuZWlER21XOERvUT09


AUDUBON CALIFORNIA SUCCESS

Audubon California is thrilled to report that in 2021, 100% of the thirteen Tricolored Blackbird colonies located on agricultural fields across the San Joaquin Valley in California were protected! Colonies ranged in size from an estimated 1,200 to over 30,000 birds. During the last year, the nesting season began and ended earlier than past years, likely an effect of statewide drought conditions. In years of drought, a successful program is even more crucial to the conservation of the state listed Tricolored Blackbird. Working closely with partners, Audubon California protected more than 170,000 birds on these colonies. Each spring and summer, Audubon California works with landowners and community partners to protect this species across the state. We are grateful to our agricultural partners Western United Dairies, Farm Bureau, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and our Audubon community. Together, since 2015, we have been able to protect over 800,000 nesting Tricolored Blackbirds. Thank you for all your continued membership commitment, support, and engagement!

BIRD PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Tricolored Blackbird at the Merced NWR by Jim Gain

MODESTO WATER TREATMENT FACILITY ACCESS

The Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant of the City of Modesto is once again open for bird watching by appointment only. They are making the plant accessible to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, as well as the second Saturday of each month. Please see the details on the Modesto Wastewater Treatment Facility page.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION

$20 per year - Use forms from National Audubon Society

Renew at www.audubon.org/renew

S.A.S. chapter code is C36. The expiration date of your membership is located on the mailing label of Valley Habitat.

OUR HISTORY

The first official charter of the National Audubon Society in the San Joaquin Valley, the San Joaquin Audubon Society, included Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. In 1973, the Audubon members living in Merced and Stanislaus counties decided to pursue the formation of their own unique chapter. On August 1, 1976, National Audubon awarded Stanislaus Audubon Society a full charter which to this day includes members in both Merced and Stanislaus counties.

The first governing board consisted of:

  • President: John Geisler

  • Jim Foster

  • Berna Philbin

  • Paul Philbin

  • Ken Smith

AUDUBON- GRAYSON SCHOLARSHIPS

The founder of the town of Grayson in Stanislaus County was also a self-taught ornithologist and bird artist known in the 19th century as “The Audubon of the West.” Despite great hardships, Grayson created Birds of the Pacific Slope, which was not published until 117 years after his death. In 2015, Stanislaus Audubon Society sought to purchase those volumes, which consisted of Grayson’s biography, his field notes, and full-color prints of 156 bird paintings. After fundraising, our chapter purchased an edition of Birds of the Pacific Slope. On July 12, 2016, our chapter donated Grayson’s masterwork to the Vasche Library of Stanislaus State.

With funds left over from that purchase, our chapter established an annual Audubon- Grayson Scholarship of $600 to a promising student of Environmental Sciences at Stanislaus State. The recipients of this scholarship have been Anela Medeiros (2017), Rachael Devaughn (2018), Lalayna Hablutzel and CeCe Hurst (2019), CeCe Hurst again in 2020, and Rajan Singh (2022). The scholarship amount has now been increased to $1,000. Stanislaus Audubon Society would be appreciative of any directed donations by its members for this scholarship, which is intended to continue in perpetuity.



AUDUBON ZOOM PROGRAM

RIVER PARTNERS AND DOS RIOS RANCH PRESERVE

Julie Rentner

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022

7:00 p.m.

Julie will share the story of the ecological restoration at Dos Rios Ranch that has been completed over the past ten years. The program will include details about the process to design, permit and fund large-scale ecological restoration. In addition, she will show as the outcomes of restoration, from habitats for nesting birds and riparian brush rabbits to water conservation and carbon sequestration. Julie will also bring some of the updated climate projections for flooding that drive ecological functions in the river corridor, with some discussion about what valley residents can expect in the future for birds and other wildlife. Julie Rentner is president of River Partners. Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86841222534?pwd=ZjVOU0hwSGVLUGJuZWlER21XOERvUT09