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

 "SALTON SEA: A Looming Crisis for Birds, the Environment and People"
Michael Lynes, Director of Public Policy
Audubon California



     The Salton Sea has been shrinking rapidly since 2003, when a water transfer agreement began to send portions of Imperial Valley's water to urban areas. As the sea continues to shrink, it will expose up to 100 square miles of lakebed, resulting in massive air pollution in a region that already has some of the worst air pollution and public health rates in the state. Moreover, birds will lose tens of thousands of acres of shoreline and deep water habitat. If a long-range management plan for a smaller, sustainable sea is not created and funded by the State of California, the sea will become so salty and polluted that it will be inhospitable to fish, invertebrates, and birds.
       Michael Lynes is the Director of Public Policy for Audubon California and is one of the leads for Audubo's work at the Salton Sea. Prior to joining Audubon California in 2014, Mike was the Conservation Director and then Executive Director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he focused on regional planning and improving conditions for Bay Area birds. Before then, Mike worked as an attorney representing nonprofit groups in environmental protection lawsuits. Mike started his career as a biologist with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue Conservation Science), where he focused on birds in riparian, wetland, and oak woodland habitats. Mike lives in Davis, California with his wife and two sons, who are currently more interested in catching Pokemon than watching birds.!



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, June 11, 8-10 AM , will be the final Kern Audubon work day before summer break. Task is to remove more pesky tumbleweeds which is showing success as last month’s work crew had to walk awhile to find them! . PVP is located at the east end of Roberts Lane off of Manor Drive in east Bakersfield. Meet at the locked gate. Bring hat, gloves, water, hoe/shovel. David Schaad has graciously agreed to take over the position as coordinator. You can reach David at or call him at 428-2841 for information .



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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