Check out the Photographic Big Year for Stanislaus and Merced Counties



It's that time of year again! Christmas Bird Count season is almost upon us and we need all the help we can get! And you don't need to be an expert birder to participate, Stanislaus and Merced County birders of all skill levels are invited to participate in Stanislaus Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Counts. Each count area will have at least one experienced birder to help with identifying birds during the survey.  These counts not only gather vital survey data for National Audubon Society, but they also present opportunities for birders to see dozens of species, and hundreds of individual birds, in one day. Please consider joining us for these enjoyable citizen science surveys. So come on out and join us, it's always an adventure. Click HERE for dates and times.
Click HERE to learn the history of the Christmas Bird Count.



"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

 

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 updated10/25/16

December 3. Eastern Stanislaus County. This area at this time of the year is world-class for raptor watching. We will have a least a decent chance of seeing the following and will probably see a least half of them: Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shoulderd Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Kestrel, Merlin, and Prairie Falcon. And that's just the raptors. We'll see lots of other species as well. Trip leader Dave Froba, 521-7265, froba@comcast.net. Meet at the Stanislaus County parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:15 a.m. We'll return early afternoon.


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: Dave Froba at froba@comcast.net




STA_Birds Reports

Link to reports

VALLEY HABITAT LINKS
 
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 2015
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2014
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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" has just been published. 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.  (October 25, 2016)