UPDATED 7/9/2015 Stanislaus County Review Species List - PDF File

NEW - January 2015
Printable County Checklists with occurrence codes
Stanislaus County Checklist Updated 12/19/16



Stanislaus Audubon Society has started a Facebook page for Stanislaus and Merced County birders to share comments and photos on birds and birding.  You may contact the Facebook administrator at stanislausaudubon@gmail.com.

The Stanislaus Audubon Society is once again promoting a Big Year birding event for 2018.  Go to the link on the menu bar to learn more about this enjoyable, collaborative event!

                        LOCAL BIRD MOVIE

Do you want to learn to watch birds? If so click on the movie just below this box, "Wings Over Our Two Counties". It will get you started, and all in the context of our own Stanislaus/Merced counties area. Or, just watch it for the pretty pictures, as well as Jim Gain's slide show just below it.

      AUDUBON FIELD TRIPS updated 2/12/18

MARCH 25 PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK With its varied habitats and designated wilderness areas, Pinnacles National Park can be productive for year-round birding, especially for resident species that may be difficult to find in other locales. Such birds include Yellow-billed Magpie, Greater Roadrunner, California Condor, Canyon Wren, California Thrasher, and Prairie Falcon. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 6:00 a.m. Bring water, lunch, and good walking shoes; we will be doing a bit of hiking on this trip. Trails we will visit are listed as easy and/or moderate. There is a $25 per vehicle entry fee. We will return to Modesto late afternoon to early evening. Co-leaders Dale Swanberg and Ralph Baker (SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com). Please RSVP via the SASFieldTrips email or at MEETUP by March 21. National Park Service website HERE and I highly recommend watching the video HERE Pinnacles bird checklist is located HERE

APRIL 22 DEL PUERTO CANYON This area is good any time of the year be-cause the altitude changes as you go up the canyon, which changes the flora and therefore the fauna, including birds. In spring it is especially good. With luck we’ll see Costa’s Hummingbird, Greater Roadrunner, and Yellow-breasted Chat. Trip leader, TBA. For information contact Ralph Baker, SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:00 a.m. We'll be back early to mid-afternoon.

MAY 12 BIRD BANDING WITH STEVE SIMMONS Steve runs several nest monitoring and banding operations in Merced County. He has invited Stanislaus Audubon to join him in his rounds on May 12. Every participant will be allowed to assist in the banding of at least one nestling. Birds that may be using the nest boxes at that time of our visit could include Wood Duck, Barn Owl, Western Screech-Owl, woodpeckers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Tree Swallow, Oak Titmouse, House Wren and Western Bluebird. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. Bring water and snacks. We will return to Modesto mid- to late afternoon. Trip leader: Ralph Baker, SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com. If anyone would like to meet at the location email Ralph for directions.

MARCH 18, APRIL 15 & MAY 20, SAN JOAQUIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. This refuge near Modesto offers diverse habitats, including mixed species transitional areas, riparian forest, oak woodlands, grassland, and seasonal wetlands. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. We will return to Modesto mid-afternoon. Trip leader: Ralph Baker, SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com.

Audubon Field Trip Email List

If you would like to be on a group email to advise you of all Audubon field trips, please email: Ralph Baker at SASFieldTrips@yahoo.com

STA_Birds Reports

Link to reports



     March / April

 Modesto Wastewater Services Division -  Ponds Information
The Modesto Ponds are open to birders only on the second Saturday of every month. You must contact them by email at least four days prior to get permission to enter: smorton@modestogov.com. The Jennings Rd. office number is (209) 342-4501, and the Jennings mobile phone number is (209) 652-8662.

$20 per year
*Use forms from National Audubon Society
*Call N.A.S. at 1-844-428-3826
S.A.S. chapter code is C36. The expiration date of your membership is located on the mailing label of Valley Habitat.

The second edition of "The Birding Sites of Stanislaus and Merced Counties" is available as of October 25, 2016. This new edition contains many rare or uncommon birds found since 2011.  Three new trails have been added, and a few birding sites were deleted or updated.  Eight new species of birds that were accepted as Stanislaus County records have been included, as well.  In addition, new photographs of birds have been added to the 96-page edition. 


On July 12, 2016, Stanislaus Audubon Society donated "Birds of the Pacific Slope" to the Vasche Library at California State University, Stanislaus.  The two-volume set of Andrew Jackson Grayson's work is in Special Collections.  Members of the public can view these volumes by calling the Reference Department (209-667-3232) and making an appointment to see them. You can read the tragic saga of this "Audubon of the West" by going to "Sal's Articles" link.


This worldwide event of birding is being conducted by eBird.  If you are interested in participating, go to the website https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-5-may-2018.