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.

It's that time of year again!
Stanislaus and Merced County birders of all 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.
Click HERE for dates and times.


                        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 11/24/2017

December 10. Eastern Contra Costa County. Waterfowl and raptors are abundant at this time of year. We will look for them in their respective habitats. The exact locations we will be birding will be determined according to what species are being reported at the time, but could include Clifton Court Forebay, Bethany Reservoir, Byron Airport Reserve and/or Holland Tract. We will meet at Target in Riverbank, 2425 Claribel Rd (in front of the closed garden center) at 7:00 am, bring lunch or snacks, we will return to Riverbank by mid-afternoon. Field trip leader John Harris, johnh@mills.edu.

DEC. 17 SAN JOAQUIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. This field trip will coincide with, and be a part of, the Caswell/Westley Christmas Bird Count. 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, SASFieldTrips@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


     March / April

 Modesto Wastewater Services Division -  Ponds Information
The Modesto Ponds are open to birders only on the second Saturday of every month. You must contact them by email at least four days prior to get permission to enter: smorton@modestogov.com. The Jennings Rd. office number is (209) 342-4501, and the Jennings mobile 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. The expiration date of your membership is located on the mailing 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. 


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.

Registration is open for the California Naturalist Program

The UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Preserve, the Merced County UC Cooperative Extension Office, and the Upper Merced River Watershed Council are sponsoring the California Naturalist Certification Program at UC Merced from February 15, 2018 - April 26, 2018.  This course, open to all community members, will provide an overview of California natural history and will introduce participants to the unique ecology of the San Joaquin Valley and central Sierra Nevada foothill regions.


Students in the program will become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists, equipped with the skills needed to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, restoration, and environmental education.  Students will attend ten Thursday evening classes and four Saturday field trips. The Watershed Council is providing a limited number of partial scholarships.  Early scholarship deadline: January 25, 2018.  Registration deadline:  February 1, 2018.  To obtain more detailed information, visit the website (http://calnat.ucanr.edu/Take_a_class/UC_Merced/).