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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 10/7/15
October 11, Half Moon Bay. Trip leader: Ralph Baker, email@example.com. Meet at 6:45 behind the
Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St, Modesto. This will be an all-day
trip. Birding locations will be determined according to what is being re-
ported on EBird and the Peninsula birding list serve in the days preceding
the trip. Carpooling is strongly encouraged and RSVP is not required but
would be appreciated. Bring lunch, snacks, water and warm layers.
October 18, November 22, January 17. The San Joaquin River National Wild-
life 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,RalphBaker(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
November 7, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County. This
preserve offers an opportunity to go birding for passerines along the
riparian habitats of the undammed Cosumnes River. In addition, you
will see numerous species of waterfowl that will have begun arriving to
winter in the wetlands. Carpooling and contributing to gas expenses are
recommended. Bring a lunch, water, and insect repellent. We will re-
turn to Modesto in the late afternoon. Trip leader Sal Salerno (209) 985
-1232. Meet at the Stanislaus County parking lot at 1500 I Street at 6:30 a.m. Note different starting time from local outings. Please
RSVP by Sunday, November 1.
December 5, 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-shoulder4d 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, email@example.com. Meet at the Stanislaus County parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:15 a.m. We'll return early afternoon.
January 9. Parts Unknown. We'll be going to some yet undetermined really good local area, chosen based on information gathered at the two local Christmas Birds Counts which will have just occurred. A lot will probably depends on if and where there's water. Trip leader, TBA. For information call Dave Froba, 521-7265, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the Stanislaus County parking lot at 1500 I Street at 7:15 a.m. We'll return early afternoon.
VALLEY HABITAT LINKS
FORMULA FOR CHASING RARE BIRDS
LINK TO DOCUMENT
SECOND PRINTING OF BIRDING SITES BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE!
The second printing of “The
Birding Sites of Stanislaus and Merced Counties” is now available for birders.
This 92-page booklet contains descriptions of more than forty locations for
birding in those two counties, including directions, habitats, and the birds
found there during different seasons. This collaborative effort also has photographs, illustrations, and a revised checklist showing the status and distribution of 316 bird species.
This printing includes additions
of a few birds and some emendations to the text, as well as a Rare Bird
Documentation Form. The booklet may be obtained from Audubon field trip leaders
for a suggested donation of $10.00. Birders who would like to have the booklet
mailed to them may contact Salvatore Salerno at email@example.com for shipping
information. Local residents may also purchase the booklets at The Great Valley
| 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."