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GRAYSON BOOK PURCHASED!


Thanks to those who donated, Stanislaus Audubon Society has purchased the two-volume set of A.J. Grayson’s “Birds of the Pacific Slope.”   A permanent location will be selected by the Board so that interested community members may view the set of books on their own.  Once the books are in that location, an announcement will be made in a future issue of Valley Habitat, The Modesto Bee, and Facebook.




 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 birders to share comments and photos on birds and birding. This page is not limited to county birds.  If you have gone birding elsewhere in California, out of state, or even in another country, feel free to share your photos by emailing them to stanislausaudubon@gmail.com. Then the administrator can upload the photos to the Facebook page.

Search for Stanislaus Audubon Society page.  If you cannot find this page, you can “friend” Stanislaus Audubon.  From there, you can search Stanislaus Audubon Society and click onto Like!  From that point on, you can post comments directly onto the Facebook page.


 
                        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 5/20/16

June 12. Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The mid ranges have the most diverse bird life in the Sierra at this time of year, much migrating in from the tropics. In full reproductive mode these birds should be active and easily seen. Trip leader, Ralph Baker (sharks_hockey_ maniac@yahoo.com). Meet in front of the closed garden center of the Riverbank Target (2425 Claribel Road, Riverbank) at 7:15 a.m. Bring lunch, water and insect repellant. We will return to Modesto mid afternoon.

June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16. The San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge near Modesto is huge and offers the most diverse habitats in the area, including mixed species transitional areas, riparian forest, oak woodlands, grassland, and seasonal wetlands. Trip leader, Trip leader, Ralph Baker (sharks_hockey_maniac@yahoo.com), chooses the particular habitats to visit each month based on conditions and season. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:15 a.m. We will return to Modesto mid afternoon.

July 9. The Modesto Wastewater Treatment Facility near Patterson forms the largest wetland in Stanislaus County. Situated near the San Joaquin River, it replicates the ancient wetlands along the river and attracts huge numbers of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. We will be looking particularly for migrating shorebirds, hard to see elsewhere in the county, which will be arriving back at their winter range now, earlier than songbirds or other water birds. All over the USA these wastewater plants provide important, if not necessarily scenic, habitat, particularly for long-range migrants. This facility has restricted access, so this would be a good opportunity to learn about and experience this area. Trip leader, Jim Gain, (209) 551-6343,

phalarope@sbcglobal.net. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. We will return to Modesto early afternoon.

September 3. Modesto's Thousand Oaks Park offers excellent birding, and close to where many of us live. We’ll take a leisurely morning stroll, looking particularly for fall migrants. You will probably be surprised at what fantastic birds you can find in almost your own backyard that you never knew existed. A good way to break into the hobby, although experienced birders like this trip as well. Trip leader, David Froba, (209) 521-7265, froba@comcast.net. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. We will return to the library a little after noon.

September 17. San Luis Reservoir area. This Merced county area has wooded areas that form migrant traps for songbirds. The birds migrate south hugging the east side of the Coast Range, flying mostly over dry grasslands. When they see these rare wooded areas, they often drop out of the sky to feed. We'll be there to watch and listen. Trip leader, John Harris, (209) 848-1518, johnh@mills.edu. Meet at the Stanislaus Library parking lot at 1500 I Street. at 7:00 a.m. We'll be back mid 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




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ROADRUNNER’S FORMULA FOR CHASING RARE BIRDS

Salvatore Salerno

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 Modesto Sewage Ponds Info
The Modesto Ponds are open to birders onthe second Saturday of every month. You must contact them at least 4 days prior to get permission to enter. The office number is (209) 409-2109 and Joel's number is (209) 652-0708."



Brewer's Sparrow locations 4/7 and 4/8
Brewer's Sparrows were reported on 4/7 along Rock River Rd and along Cooperstown Rd on 4/8. Take Willms Rd south from Knight's Ferry about 8 miles to Rock River Rd or a little farther south to Cooperstown Rd. 

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