My Big year flyer

Jim's Big Year 2016 video is embedded at the bottom of this page.

A BIRDING DOUBLE FEATURE EVENT AT THE STATE THEATER APRIL 23, 2017
Join hundreds of fellow birders, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and environmentalists for a special two-film birding event also featuring the Sierra Club, the Stanislaus Audubon Society, the Great Valley Museum, and the Stanislaus Wildlife Refuge. You’ll also find out where the top spots are for locating a plenitude of birds and wildlife, all in your own backyard.

My Big Year
(G) 50 Min.
 Jim Gain, inspired by the movie The Big Year, decided to see how many different bird species he could photograph over the course of four seasons in 2016. His breathtaking film, shot in Merced and Stanislaus counties, beautifully captures thousands of wild birds and their habitats. A photographer and avid birder, Jim is also an educator at Modesto City Schools.

The Big Year
(PG~2011) 1 Hr. 40 Min.
Three disparate men (Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson) try to outdo each other in the ultimate bird-watching competition in 1998 -- the year El Nino brought an unprecedented number of species to North America. Their quest takes them on an unforgettable trek throughout North America.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bww4NV3DYH-1WWhuUFBRX3VfdXc/view?usp=sharing






"BIRDS OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE" AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING


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 call the Reference Department (209-667-3232) and make an appointment to see them. Appointments should be made at least 24 hours prior to the visit. Photo identification will be required upon arrival.




 Please read Salvatore Salerno's article about Andrew Jackson Grayson - Story HERE (link fixed - JG)

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

 

LIKE! STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY ON FACEBOOK

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.




 
                        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 4/20/2017

April 29. Del Puerto Canyon runs just outside of Patterson up to the county line at 2400 feet. The combination of altitude and spring migration makes this a dynamite place to bird at this time of the year. Trip leader, Dan Gilman, 765-9481, spiderdan1974@att.net. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. We will return to Modesto mid afternoon.

May 13, String of Pearls. These parks along the lower Stanislaus River attracts migratory birds on their way to the Sierra or points north. Trip leader, John Harris, 510-5042427,johnh@mills.edu. Meet at 7:30 a.m at the Raley’s parking lot in Oakdale, 1550 E F Street (highway 120) at Maag Avenue, near the east end of town, just before the rodeo grounds . We will return to the parking lot in mid afternoon.


May 21 and June 18. The San Joaquin River National Wildlife 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, sharks_hockey_maniac@yahoo.com).  

June 10. Calaveras Big Trees State Park (day use fee required).This visit to the redwoods provides an opportunity to see warblers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, and vireos. More uncommon species such as Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Pygmy- Owl, or Northern Goshawk may been seen. Trip leader, Sal Salerno (209- 985-1232). Meet at 6:30 a.m., Star- bucks at 2213 Claribel Road in Riverbank. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring lunch. R.S.V.P. by Sun- day, June 4. 



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

VALLEY HABITAT LINKS
 
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 Modesto Sewage Ponds Information
The Modesto Ponds are open to birders on the second Saturday of every month. You must contact them at least 4 days prior to get permission to enter. The Jennings Rd. office number is (209) 342-4501 and the Jennings cell phone number is (209) 652-8662.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION
$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.
Expiration date of your membership
is located on label of Valley Habitat.

NEW EDITION OF BIRDING SITES BOOKLET AVAILABLE
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. 

WILLIAM GAMBEL, PIONEER NATURALIST by Salvatore Salerno

 (continued from May / June 2017 issue of Valley Habitat)


William Gambel was the first trained naturalist to traverse California overland in the 19th century, collecting bird and plant specimens for the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.  Although he never traveled through Stanislaus County, he was the first to discover and describe for science many of our local species, such as the Wrentit and Oak Titmouse.  Gambel was also the first to complete descriptions of the California Thrasher and Greater Roadrunner, and the first scientist to verify the status of Burrowing Owl as year-round residents. William Gambel lived to be only 27 years old.  You can read the remarkable story of this pioneer naturalist here