STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY

OUR MISSION

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.

NEW STANISLAUS COUNTY BIRD SPECIES OBSERVED

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

FIELD TRIP

DRY CREEK REGIONAL AREA
JULY 16 at 7:30 a.m.
TRIP-CO LEADERS: Sal Salerno and TBD

During this family-friendly “walk with binoculars,” we will be looking and listening for nesting and fledgling birds along the trail. Meet at the Pamela Monterosso Trailhead parking lot at the Coffee and Scenic Roads.


SIERRA CLUB ZOOM MEETING

SEA TO SUMMIT: THE MARVELOUS HUMMINGBIRDS

FRIDAY JULY 8, 2022 at 7:00pm

Benjamin Jacobs-Schwartz


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From Alaska to the high Andes of South America, join us as we explore the magic of hummingbirds! With 360 species recognized globally, we’ll discuss their remarkable biology, expansive range, ecological significance, and the best ways to attract them to your yard using native plants or feeders. Mouthwatering media and local hummingbird ID section is included!Benny Isaac Jacobs-Schwartz owns and operates a bird guiding business and lifestyle brand called BIRDS by BIJS (Bee-jus). Working professionally as a naturalist guide, expedition trip leader, and international bird guide,

AUDUBON CALIFORNIA SUCCESS

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!

BIRD PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Tricolored Blackbird at the Merced NWR by Jim Gain

MODESTO WATER TREATMENT FACILITY ACCESS

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.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION

$20 per year - Use forms from National Audubon Society

Renew at www.audubon.org/renew

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

STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY REQUESTS DONATIONS 12/22/2018

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.

OUR HISTORY

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