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Birding History

  

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1904 - 1908Annie M. Alexander collects the first documented Stanislaus County bird specimens near the town of Grayson.
1910 - 1919Joseph Mailliard, Joseph S. Dixon, Joseph Grinnell, Tracy I. Storer and W.D. Toomes all collect specimens for the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Mailliard provides the first county record for BROWN PELICAN and W.D. Toomes provides an extraordinatory report of EMPEROR GOOSE.
1932Charles H. Feltes begins a 50 year history of banding birds in Modesto. He bands the county's only record of BOHEMIAN WAXWING.
1944Grinnell and Miller publish "The Distribution of the Birds of California" which incorporates the findings of the early collectors. This book is a milestone as it is the first detailed published account of the distribution of the birds found in Stanislaus County.
1952The first Los Baños CBC is held on December 23rd, 1952.
1973A group of Stanislaus County birders decide to branch off the San Joaquin Chapter of the National Audubon Society and form the Stanislaus Audubon Society. Founding members included Rene Blondeau, John Geisler, Jim Foster, Bill and Cari Amundsen.
1976First LaGrange/Waterford CBC is held on December 19th, 1976
1979Don Lundberg donates $100,000 to Stanislaus Audubon for the purposes of preserving habitat in Stanislaus County.
1980The chapter incorporates by filing papers with the State of California on August 21, 1980. The board officers were Linda Frugé - President; Erwin Salomon - Vice-President; Deborah Bradford - Secretary and Evan Faulke - Treasurer.
1985-1992Harold Reeve and Eric Caine actively bird Stanislaus County and document 36 new species for the Stanislaus County Bird List. Including such finds as BRANT, TUFTED DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF SCOTER, AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER,  WANDERING TATTLER, SOLITARY, STILT and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, SANDERLING, FRANKLIN, WESTERN and SABINE'S GULLS, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, PINYON JAY, BROWN THRASHER, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA and VIRGINIA'S WARBLERS, SWAMP SPARROW and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
1986Christman Island is purchased from the Lyon's family. Stanislaus Audubon contributes $100,000
1987The San Joaquin River NWR is officially established with 2,300 acres of easements and fee title.
1988The first Caswell/Westley CBC is held on January 3rd, 1988. Harold Reeve publishes Birds of Stanislaus County A Checklist and Date Guide.
1997Stanislaus Audubon launches its website.
2000The STA_Birds listserve begins on July 24.
 2011"The Birding Sites of Stanislaus and Merced Counties" booklet is published.    
 2012S.A.S. Facebook is set up.  
 2012Stanislaus Bird Records Committee is established