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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. April 7, 2015

7:00pm - City Center (17th & L Sts.)

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)


"Tricolored Blackbirds:  Saving an Iconic California Species"

 Samantha Arthur, Audubon California

In 2014, 145,000 Tricolored Blackbirds were counted in the Central Valley, down from 2-3 million in the 1930's. Because of its sharp decline in recent years, Tricoloreds were recently emergency listed as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act and have been petitioned for listing with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Samantha Arthur, Conservation Project Manager for Audubon California, will present a program on Audubon multi-pronged approach to saving this endemic California species, including working with dairy farmers to delay harvesting their agricultural fields, which have become prime nesting habitat for Tricoloreds due to the 95% loss of wetlands. Audubon's commitment to this project is another example of how much "birds matter"!

Samantha Arthur focuses on improving wetlands management for the benefit of bird species in the Central Valley of California through her work for Audubon California, especially as manager of Audubon's campaign to save the Tricolored Blackbird. She has a Masters of Enviromental Science & Management from UC Santa Barbara and an extensive background in conservation. Prior to Audubon Samantha worked with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and was a Land Protection Specialist for the Big Sur Land Trust.


Field Trips



Sat. March 7, 8:30am - Hart Park

Join Michael McQuerry & Gary File in a morning of birding at one of Kern County's birding hotspots. There should be early

spring migrants as well as wintering and year round birds. All birders welcome but there will be a special emphasis on

beginning birders. Meet on Mirror Drive at the west end of Hart Park between the two lakes. Bring binocs, snacks, etc.

Call Deb for info: 805-0232 (Loaner binoculars available.)


NEW....Sat. March 14 - Stallion Springs-Tehachapi

Greg Hargleroad & Angela Guy will lead this birding outing around the park, golf course and trails at Stallion Springs. Bakersfield folks meet to carpool at Stockdale Park n Ride at   7:15am, then meeting in Tehachapi at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd at   8am.  Folks can also meet at the park about 8:30am.  Bring water, snacks, dress in layers, binocs.  Call Angela for info:  304-6816


Tues. March 17, 8:30am - Bird n Bike at Tule Elk Reserve

Join Park Ranger Bill Moffat on a biking adventure thru Tule Elk Reserve. See birds, the elk, and hopefully wildflowers!

Bring bicycles (mountain-type bikes encouraged), binocs, water, snacks, and a sack lunch for those who would like to stay

for lunch at the reserve picnic area. Tule Elk Reserve is located at 8653 Station Road. Take Stockdale Hiway two miles

west of Interstate 5. Turn left at the sign to Tule Elk Reserve. Call Bill or Deb for info: 805-0232.

Sun. March 22 - Wind Wolves Preserve

This is a limited space outing so RSVP by calling Deb: 805-0232. Wind Wolves staff will provide a private

tour thanks to a generous member at the December auction! Space is limited, so call if you are interested!


Sunday March 29 - Flowing Wells Ranch/Mojave Desert

Join Kern Audubon-Tehachapi for a birding trip to the desert oasis of Flowing Wells Ranch near Cantil, CA. . We should see plenty of waterfowl and spring migrants. Access to this private club is limited so don't miss it. Birders of all levels welcome. We need to get an early start! Bakersfield birders should meet at 6:00am at the Stockdale ParknRide (between Real Rd & Hiway 99), then meeting at Tehachapi Kmart parking lot near the Burger King at 6:45 for car pooling to Flowing Wells. Dress in layers and bring lunch, water, and binoculars. (Cameras and scopes, too). Loaner binoculars available. Cost is $5 plus $5 for drivers. (There is walking involved but no benches along the way. If you have a portable & light camping chair, feel free to bring it along.) Call Angela for info: 304-6816.

Male Tricolored Blackbird by Monte Taylor

April Field Trips

Great Egret with Lizard by Andy Honig

Sun. April 12, 10:00am - Woody

We will visit and observe a colony of Tricolored Blackbirds along the Glenville-Woody Road and visit other birding spots in this foothill area with opportunity to see raptors as well as resident and migratory birds. Bring snacks, water, lunch, binocs, $5 for drivers. Meet to carpool at the Rosedale Costco near the gas station at 10am. Call Bill or Deb for info: 805-0232.


Sat. April 18, 6:30am - Piute Ponds & California City

This is special chance to visit protected ponds on Edwards AFB near Mojave with leader Kristi Grubb. Birds on the Mojave Desert?! Yes--waterfowl, shorebirds and more! Bakersfield folks will meet 6:15am at the ParknRide on Stockdale Hiway (between Real Rd & Hiway 99) to carpool....stopping in east Bakersfield at Starbucks on Hiway 58 & Weedpatch Hiway to pick up folks who live east of Hiway 99. Call Moffats for info: 805-0232.

Tehachapi birders meet at Burger King in Kmart shopping center at 7:00am. Call Angela (304-6816) or Greg (818/645-3664) for information.

We must be at the Edwards AFB meeting place at 8am, so be ready to leave on time! Must have photo identification, water, snacks/sack lunch, dress layers, $5 for drivers. Please plan to carpool and drivers need registration & insurance for entrance to Edwards AFB.

After Piute Ponds we will go to California City for lunch and birding at Central Park, a birding hotspot! Returning around 3:30pm.


Tues. April 21, 8:00am - "Look & Lounge"

Park Ranger Bill Moffat will lead this laid-back birding adventure starting at the Manor Drive (& Denise St) parking lot for the Kern River Parkway. Bring a light lounge chair--there’s lots of birds near the parking lot and in the trees before & after the tunnel to the canal. Bring your binocs & water. We’ll end at 11am. Call Bill for info: 201-9279


Looking ahead to May 2-3...

The field trip committee is planning an overnite on Saturday May 2nd at Butterbredt Springs so that we will be able to bird Butterbredt at its best time: dawn! Plans are still in the works and might include Friday night and all day Saturday at a yet to be determined location. Call Deb for info: 805-0232. More details in May Warbler & website.






The next workday at the Preserve will be Saturday, April 11, 8-10 AM. The task will be to continue removing the young tumble weeds. Bring hat, gloves, water, and shovel/hoe. Meet at the gate (east end of Roberts Lane) by 8 AM. If you have questions, contact Andy Honig (619-4456) or Volunteers are needed -- hope you can make it.




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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