STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY

Serving Merced and Stanislaus Counties

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. Expand for more details. For more information please visit the Chapter Information Page.

To accomplish this mission, we will...

TO ERIC HOPSON, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY AND BIRDY RETIREMENT! YOUR GOOD WORK IN RESTORING, PROTECTING AND PRESERVING THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN.

NEW STANISLAUS COUNTY BIRD SPECIES!  On Saturday, April 27, 2024, Jodi Smith found a ROSEATE SPOONBILL at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.  The bird was seen among egrets and herons all that weekend by local and out-of-town birders.  This is the northernmost sighting of this species in the San Joaquin Valley, and in fact may be the same individual bird that had been sighted formerly in Kern County.  Many eBird posts have been made of this rarity.  Photo by Mark Elness.

INFORMATION REGARDING ACCESS TO MODESTO WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES

The ponds at this facility are open again for birdwatching to the general public, but only on the second Saturday of each month.  If you wish to receive the calendar and liability waiver form, which must be signed and presented for 2024, you may contact Roxanne Lujan at birdwatching@modestogov.com.


UPCOMING STANISLAUS AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIPS AND PROGRAMS

KNIGHTS FERRY RECREATION AREA (17525 Sonora Road, Knights Ferry Leader: John Harris - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024 - 8:00-11:00 a.m.  This trip will focus on breeding and late migrating birds in Knight's Ferry's diverse habitats.  The area includes rocky hillsides, blue oak woodlands, and riparian forest.  We will look for such Knights Ferry specialties as Rock and Canyon Wrens, and Rufous-crowned Sparrows along the trail near the parking area, and also check riparian habitat along part of the Russian Rapids Trail. Later migrants such as Willow Flycatchers or Yellow-breasted Chat are possible.

Meet at the recreation area parking lot on the north side of the river, near the Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center.  There is a day use fee of $10 (or you can use your National Parks pass).  For more information, contact John Harris at jhh.birder@gmail.com.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION

$20 per year - Use forms from National Audubon Society. Please note that your new or renewed membership is important to our chapter's operations.  Not only do your dues help in conservation efforts nationally, but also our chapter receives a yearly stipend from the national office.

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.  If you receive Valley Habitat online and wish to renew your subscription, please contact national Audubon Society to find out the expiration date of your membership.