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.

                        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 6/5/2017

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16. MONTEREY COUNTY. This all-day field trip provides an opportunity to see passerines, shorebirds, and water birds. The itinerary will include Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Moonglow Dairy, Moss Landing State Beach, and Zmudowski State Beach. (If there is time, we may go after rare birds reported in the area.)  Bring a lunch. We will have an early dinner at Moss Landing and return to Modesto by dusk. Carpooling is encouraged. Trip leader: Sal Salerno (bees2@sbcglobal.net). Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 6:30 a.m.  R.S.V.P. by Friday, August 11NOTE: THIS IS A MID-WEEK TRIP. 

AUGUST 27, PINECREST LAKE/KENNEDY MEADOWS. We will visit these areas in search of such montane species as Mountain Quail, White-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadee and Brown Creeper, among others. Bring lunch, we will return mid-to-late-afternoon. Meet at Raley’s at 7:30, 1550 E F St, Oakdale. Leader John Harris johnh@mills.edu


AUG. 20 & Sept. 17 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, sharks_hockey_maniac@yahoo.com or SASFildTrips@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


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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.

$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.

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 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 some local species, like Wrentit, California Thrasher, and Oak Titmouse. William Gambel lived to be only 27 years old.  You can read the remarkable story of this pioneer naturalist by going to "Sal's Articles" link. 


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.