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 email@example.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 updated12/16/16
January 14, Saturday. San Luis National Wild-
life Refuge, Merced County. This refuge has
an auto tour route that winds through upland
and wetlands habitats, where as many as thirty species of waterfowl may be seen,
as well as shorebirds and other water birds. Hawks, falcons, and even owls may be
viewed on this trip. The majestic Tundra
Swans are most reliable at Sousa Marsh. Another tour route circles around a
herd of tule elk. Trip leader is Sal Salerno, who
may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot, 1500 I Street,
Modesto, at 7:00 a.m. We will return to Modesto in mid-afternoon, so it is recommended
to bring a lunch.
January 15, February 19, March 19. 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 wood-
lands, grassland, and seasonal wetlands. Trip
leader, Trip leader, Ralph Baker
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 7:00 a.m. We
will return to Modesto mid afternoon.
February 25, Modesto Reservoir/Turlock
Lake. In winter these lakes can attract scores
of waterfowl, grebes and the occasional
loon. The shoreline may have large numbers
of shorebirds, while the surrounding grass-
lands can be superb for raptors. If there is
water in the Turlock Lake outlet canal we
may be lucky enough to find Barrow’s Gold-
eneye. We may also visit Joe Domecq Wil-
derness Area and Dawson Lake (time permit-
ting). Meet at the Stanislaus County Library
parking lot (1500 I Street) at 7:00 a.m. Bring
lunch. We will return to Modesto mid-
afternoon. Trip leader, to be announced. For
questions, contact Dave Froba, 521-7265, email@example.com.
March 11, Unknown Area. Occasionally we decide on the location of a field trip at the last minute, depending on what is happening in the
bird world at the moment. But rest assured the
trip will be to the place, or places, where the
bird life is at its most interesting in this area on
March 8. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library
parking lot (1500 I Street) at 7:00 a.m. Bring
lunch. We will return to Modesto early after-
noon. Trip leader, to be announced. For questions, contact Dave Froba, 521-7265, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
| 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
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.
He was the first to complete descriptions of the little-known California
Thrasher and Greater Roadrunner, and the first to verify the status of
Burrowing Owl as year-round residents. Gambel lived to be only 27 years
old. You can read the remarkable story
of this pioneer naturalist here