The Stanislaus Audubon Society promotes the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation. For more information please visit the Chapter Information Page.
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To accomplish this mission we will...

  • Promote scientifically sound conservation strategies for the protection of native ecosystems and demonstrate the value of conservation to the community.

  • Educate our community about the benefits of preserving and enjoying nature, focusing on youth education programs, public outreach, and field trips.

  • Support research into maintaining, restoring, and understanding native ecosystems, particularly those of birds.

  • Collaborate with the National Audubon Society, Audubon-California, Audubon Chapters, and other organizations to accomplish our common goals.


During a non-public access survey, Harold Reeve spotted an immature male BLACK SCOTER in with a bunch of American Coots. Sheron Reeve and Kathy Rasmussen were also present to record this rarity. Stanislaus Bird species #327


Helen White Memorial Trail Clean Up
Wed. May 4
King Kennedy Center, 601 Martin Luther King Dr., Modesto

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MAY 13 at 12:00 p.m.
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Stanislaus State
1 University Circle, Turlock

Participants are invited to go on an indoors “field trip” to the Vasche Library, to view the masterwork of A. J. Grayson, Birds of the Pacific Slope. This pioneer and artist was one of the founders of the town of Grayson in Stanislaus County, and he was often referred to as “Audubon of the West.” The 156 prints of his watercolors will be viewed in the Special Collections Department.

This trip will be limited to the first eight participants who register, and there will be a wait list. Photo ID will be required. To register, you must RSVP at no later than Sunday, May 8. You will be supplied with the university’s COVID protocol and parking permit information. Questions about the library may be directed to Librarian Mary Weppler-Van Diver at

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022 7:00 P.M.
With Dana Nuccitelli
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To attend this Zoom format program, please email our Chair, Anita Young, at any time the week before and she will send you the link. Dana is an environmental scientist and climate journalist who has written extensively for Skeptical Science, The Guardian, and Yale Climate Connections. He also published the book Climatology versus Pseudoscience, and has authored ten peer-reviewed climate studies. Dana is the Research coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Author and scientist Dana Nuccitelli will be our program presenter in May. He will describe climate change in the Sierra Nevada and discuss how we can advocate for change.

Helen White Memorial Trail Clean Up
Wed. June 1
King Kennedy Center, 601 Martin Luther King Dr., Modesto

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.

With Doug Ridgway
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Doug Ridgway will give a program on various Wildlife Refuges in California and southern Oregon that he has visited and photographed. Photographers and birders are basically looking for some of the same information—where to go and what sights there are. The goal of this program is to pique your curiosity, and to learn more about these areas and what they have to offer.

Doug worked for Fire Suppression Crews while attending American River College and Humboldt State University. In 1973, he began his career as a Fish and Wildlife Assistant for California Department of Fish and Game. Doug worked in various fish hatcheries, worked on the Klamath River Salmon and Steelhead study and supervised a Habitat Restoration Shop, on the Tuolumne River in La Grange. In addition to his love of outdoors, Doug has a lifelong passion for photography that began with taking snapshots with a Kodak Brownie.

In 1969, he purchased a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm camera with a 50mm and 135mmlens. Film costs and developing negatives reduced his picture taking until 2003, when he purchased a Canon G5. Upon retiring in 2006, Doug upgraded to a digital SLR Canon 30D. He has taken photography classes at Delta College and Consumnes River College, and is a member of the Stockton Camera Club and the San Joaquin Valley Council of Camera Clubs. j/82789798045? pwd=eVlBNUZLbGVEOElzYXZCNjJwZ0E xUT09

JUNE 17 at 8:30 A.M.

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1170 CA-4, Arnold

This field trip is on a weekday because the state park is crowded on a June weekend. This visit to the redwoods will be an opportunity to see montane species of warblers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, and vireos. More uncommon species such as Northern Pygmy-0wl, Pileated Woodpecker, or Northern Goshawk may be seen. Participants will arrive at the park in their own vehicles; a day use fee of $10 is required at the entrance. Bring water and lunch, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent. R.S.V.P. at by no later than Sunday, June 12.


Audubon California is thrilled to report that in 2021, 100% of the thirteen Tricolored Blackbird colonies located on agricultural fields across the San Joaquin Valley in California were protected! Colonies ranged in size from an estimated 1,200 to over 30,000 birds. During the last year, the nesting season began and ended earlier than past years, likely an effect of statewide drought conditions. In years of drought, a successful program is even more crucial to the conservation of the state listed Tricolored Blackbird. Working closely with partners, Audubon California protected more than 170,000 birds on these colonies. Each spring and summer, Audubon California works with landowners and community partners to protect this species across the state. We are grateful to our agricultural partners Western United Dairies, Farm Bureau, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and our Audubon community. Together, since 2015, we have been able to protect over 800,000 nesting Tricolored Blackbirds. Thank you for all your continued membership commitment, support, and engagement!


Tricolored Blackbird at the Merced NWR by Jim Gain


The Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant of the City of Modesto is once again open for bird watching by appointment only. They are making the plant accessible to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, as well as the second Saturday of each month. Please see the details on the Modesto Wastewater Treatment Facility page.


$20 per year - Use forms from National Audubon Society

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S.A.S. chapter code is C36. The expiration date of your membership is located on the mailing label of Valley Habitat.


The Board of Directors is requesting donations from the members of our local Audubon chapter. One targeted need is for the A.J. Grayson Scholarship, given yearly to a promising student in Environmental Sciences at C.S.U. Stanislaus. The last of the $600 scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2019. We hope to continue this scholarship for the next five years, at a cost of $3,000.

The second targeted need is to cover the printing and postage costs of The Valley Habitat. Even though membership dues to National Audubon can cover part of those costs, we are still mailing 400+ printed copies every two months, at an expense of approximately $2,500 per year. We also pay stipends for program presenters, and we have other outgoing costs as well.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check to Stanislaus Audubon Society, P.O. Box 4012, Modesto, CA 95352. You will receive a receipt of acknowledgment.

Most Recent Zoom Program

Please visit the Programs Page for all the Zoom Presentations.


Stanislaus Audubon Society has started a Facebook page for Stanislaus and Merced County birders to share comments and photos on birds and birding.


The first official charter of the National Audubon Society in the San Joaquin Valley, the San Joaquin Audubon Society, included Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. In 1973, the Audubon members living in Merced and Stanislaus counties decided to pursue the formation of their own unique chapter. On August 1, 1976, National Audubon awarded Stanislaus Audubon Society a full charter which to this day includes members in both Merced and Stanislaus counties.

The first governing board consisted of:

  • President: John Geisler

  • Jim Foster

  • Berna Philbin

  • Paul Philbin

  • Ken Smith