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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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Flammulated Owl

Kern Audubon

Tues. May 5, 2015

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

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)

"Flammulated Owls & More"

Jenna Stanek, Biologist


The Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus) is a small, nocturnal, neotropical migrant that volcalizes quietly and is seldom seen. They arrive late (April - mid-May) to their breeding grounds in the western US, including the Sequoia National Forest, from wintering grounds in Mexico & Central America. The Southern Sierra Research Station conducted surveys for Flammulated Owls in the southern Sierras during 2011-2012 breeding seasons. Jenna Stanek, wildlife biologist with the Southern Sierra Research Station has built and hung Flammulated Owl boxes and is in charge of checking the nest boxes with volunteer efforts to check for occupants. Jenna has a BA in Environmental policy and Spanish at Albright College, a BS from Western State Colorado University and a Master's in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology from Clemson University.



Field Trips


May Field Trips

Sat/Sun May 2-3 - Desert Birding & Campout

A weekend of birding led by birder extraordinaire Alison Sheehey is planned for the first weekend in May. We will meet Sat. May 2 (location & time to be determined)and visit various birding hotspots in eastern Kern County then ending up at Butterbredt Springs (desert oasis) around 8pm to camp for the night. Early morning (5:30am) birding before dawn is essential to experience the spectacle of migrating songbirds through Butterbredt and on into the mountains. Last year's group saw approximately 10,000 migrating songbirds just in the first few hours before & after dawn! After Butterbredt we will explore the Piute Mtn. area, Audubon's Kern River Preserve and Lake Isabella. Details are being worked out and if you would like more information, please call/RSVP to Deb See at 661/805-0232.


May 16, 2015 - Tehachapi Mountain Park

Join Kern Audubon-Tehachapi for a walk through the mountain habitat above Tehachapi. We will be on the lookout for late migrants and nesting birds. Mountain Quail, WesternTanager , woodpecker species are some of the birds we’re hoping to see. Contact Angela (304-6816) or Greg (818/645-3664) for info. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

Bakersfield birders meet at the Stockdale ParknRide (Stockdale between Real Rd. & Hiway 99) at 6:30am or 6:45am at the Starbucks at Hiway 58 & Weedpatch Hiway. Tehachapi birders meet at the Kmart parking lot near the Burger King at 7:30. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Please plan on carpooling - $5 for drivers!







The next work day at Panorama Vista Preserve will be Saturday May 2, 8-10 AM.Many thanks to Andy for leading the work crew last month. This will be our ‘spring’ event, a time for weeding and preparing trees for summer heat. Bring hat, water, gloves, and shovel/hoe. Note:this is not our normal second Saturday because of Mother’s Day Weekend. If you would like to help or find out more about this activity, contact Harry Love (805-1420); Directions: Take Manor Drive to Roberts Lane and go east to the locked gate.




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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