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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.”  There will be a free public showing of this masterwork at the Stanislaus County Library Auditorium on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. Contributors are especially welcome. Please check the June Valley Habitat or the Modesto Bee for confirmation of this planned event.




 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 3/14/16

April 17 (note corrected date) and May 15. 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, 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.

April 30. Del Puerto Canyon runs just outside of Patterson up to the county line at 2400 feet. The combination of altitude and spring migration makes this a dynamite place to bird at this time of the year. Trip leader, Dan Gilman, spiderdan1974@att.net , 765-9481. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:15 a.m. We will return to Modesto mid afternoon.

May 14-15, 2016.  Monterey, Pacific Grove and points south.  This overnight field trip will include such locations in Monterey County as Andrew Molera State Park (day use fee), Point Piños, Elkhorn Slough Preserve, and Moss Landing. We will be looking for spring migrant and vagrant passerines, shorebirds and seabirds. Trip Leader, Salvatore Salerno, 985-1232, bees2@sbcglobal.netRSVP is required, by no later than May 9. Maximum number of participants is twelve. Prospective participants will receive a tentative itinerary and lodging recommendations by email.  Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking at 1500 I Street at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14.  We will return to Modesto in the late afternoon of Sunday, May 15. 


May 21. String of Pearls. This series of parks along the lower Stanislaus River attracts migratory birds on their way to the Sierra or points north. Trip leader TBA. Meet at the Stanislaus County Library parking lot (1500 I Street, Modesto) at 7:00 a.m. We will return to Modesto early afternoon. Note that beginning May 1st there will be a $5 day use fee charged at Nights Ferry, Orange Blossom and McHenry Recreation Areas. An email has been sent to the Army Corps of Engineers asking if seperate passes will need to be purchased if visiting more than one park in a single day but no response has been forthcoming.

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

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ROADRUNNER’S FORMULA FOR CHASING RARE BIRDS

Salvatore Salerno

LINK TO DOCUMENT

 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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