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About Kern Audubon
Founded in Bakersfield in 1973, incorporated in 1979, Kern Audubon Society began a re-birth in 2006 after a four year hiatus. New and renewing members and officers are joining together to make the KAS a thriving environmental organization in Kern County. The Chapter has been re-certified by the National Audubon Society and we are planning a number of exciting, fun, and educational projects for our chapter and the community.

There are regular program meetings and field trips to both common and unique habitats in California. Visit the pages below to learn more about our Chapter. Join us at a meeting or a field trip.

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N. John Schmitt

Kern Audubon
 TUES. SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kern Supt of Schools City Center
1300 17th St. (17th & L) Parking lot at 18th & K

  "Vultures: Ancient &
With Us Still"

N. John Schmitt, Naturalist & Artist


Turkey Vultures on Fence Posts

        With the annual Turkey Vulture migration in full swing and Halloween around the corner, this is a timely presentation about this ancient bird common to Kern County. John Schmitt will discuss the biology (including discussion of the Cathartid vulture's extraordinary sense of smell enabling them to locate even the smallest carrion in the densest forest) and appearance of the Turkey Vulture as well as all New World vultures, including the Pleistocene era vulture which was probably the world's largest flying bird to ever live.  In keeping with a Halloween theme, John will discuss a unique human relationship in Asia known as the "sky burial". His presentation will feature many photos, including images of what vultures have evolved to do...and which may be unpleasant to some viewers!

N. John Schmitt is a native Californian now living in the Kern River Valley. He's had a lifelong interest in birds which led him to become a feather expert, renowned bird illustrator and self-taught taxidermist.  He's traveled world-wide and has lead many birding tours in Latin America, Asia and Europe.   His taxidermy works have been exhibited in museums in Santa Barbara, Oakland, Morro Bay and San Francisco's California Academy of Science.  His bird illustrations are found in many different publications, including several editions of the National Geographic's Birds of North America field guide and a new Guide to Raptors of Mexico and Central America, soon to be published. He's currently painting hummingbirds--the most difficult subject he's had to illustrate--for a new Handbook to the Birds of South America.




September Field Trips

Tuesday, Sept. 13 - 8:00-10:30 AM - Uplands Kern River Walk
      Join Kern Audubon on the Kern River for the first walk of the fall season. Bill Moffat will be taking us along the flowing Kern and the river uplands near Stramler/Sam Lynn Baseball Park (4009 Chester Ave.). We will see herons, egrets, wading birds and some early migrants.  Bring water, snacks, binoculars and spotting scopes. Loaner binoculars provided if needed. 
       Sam Lynn Baseball Park is on Chester, north of the Kern Co.Museum. Turn left at Sam Lynn at 40th St., drive past the batting cages and the baseball park to first fenced baseball field on the right. Turn right and follow the short gravel road to parking area behind the baseball park. We will walk across the bridge/bike path to the shaded viewing area along the river (It has some seating.)  There will be a small amount of walking to other viewing areas close by. Call Deb See for more information at 661-805-0232.

 Saturday, Sept. 17th - 8:00-11:00 AM - Beginning Birding at Hart Park
 Expert birder John Wilson will be leading a morning of beginning birding at Hart Park. This will be an excellent opportunity for those new to birding to learn more about the how’s & what’s of birding. Expect to see waterbirds, resident birds and fall migrants.  Meet at the east side of Hart Park at the intersection of Alfred Harrell Hwy and River Road. Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Loaner binoculars available. Call Deb for information at 661-805-0232.

Saturday, Sept. 24th -- Tom Sawyer Lake & Brite Creek, Tehachapi - Greg Hargleroad, member of Kern Audubon-Tehachapi, will lead this morning outing to this newly created nature preserve and open space in the Tehachapi area off of Wofford-Tehachapi Rd. Meet to carpool at the Tehachapi Burger King in the Kmart shopping center at 8:00am.  Bakersfield birders meet at the Stockdale ParknRide at 7:15am to carpool to Tehachapi. Call Greg for more info:






Saturday, September 10, 8-10 AM , will be the first workday at the Preserve after the summer break. This is a great time to remove those nasty weeds that grew this summer. What to bring: hat, water, gloves, and a hoe/shovel. Meet at east end of Roberts Lane off Manor Drive 8am! Contact David Schaad ( 428-2841) for more information. Hope you can come and join this great team!




Kern Audubon Society Sponsors Speakers Bureau

Want to hear about birds in Peru, kit fox in Bakersfield, Tule elk in Tupman? These are the subjects of a few of the talks made available to local groups by the Kern Audubon Society Speakers Bureau.

Organized by Dr. Ted Murphy, Past-president of Kern Audubon, the Bureau can provide a wide range of programs on conservation and wildlife. Speakers come from Kern Audubon, state and federal wildlife agencies, and other outdoor/conservation individuals and organizations in Kern County.

The programs are illustrated with color photos and last 30-45 minutes followed by a question/answer period. Most programs can be adapted to a shorter time period of 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of meeting. The only equipment needed is a projection screen. No fees are charged, but honoraria are accepted, usually as donations to Kern Audubon or another conservation organization.

Other subjects available are: The Antiquities Act: How the National Parks Were Established; Kern-Pixley National Wildlife Refuges; History of the Audubon Society; Climate Change -- Plants and Animals; Wildlife of The Galapagos Islands; Birds of Kern County; African Wildlife; The Early History of FACT, the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment; and, Land Preserves in Kern County. Topics are being added as To arrange a program for your group, call Ted Murphy at 661-325-0307 or


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