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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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Tues. JANUARY10*, 2017
(*note the date change!)

Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St (17th & L Sts.)
Street parking or lot at 18th & K

“Bakersfield to Bakersfield -

A Journey Across America”

Felix Adamo, Photojournalist


Felix Adamo has worked 37 years as a news photographer for The Bakersfield Californian and is currently the chief photographer. Adamo started in photography shooting for Cycle News, a national newspaper covering the world of motorcycle racing. Adamo was also one of the founding members in 1989 of the Artists Guild at Cunningham Art Gallery, now the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Adamo also does commercial photography through his business, Adamo Pictures.

Adamo has recently published a 124 page book, Bakersfield to Bakersfield, documenting his 2012 motorcycle trip

across America visiting other towns sharing the Bakersfield name. Felix will be sharing his adventure and photos with us and will have copies of his book for those who might like to purchase a copy, which we’re sure he would autograph!

Expanding his work beyond photojournalism and commercial work, Adamo also participates in the local art scene. Bakersfield to Bakersfield was his third solo exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. He also produces the popular Bakersfield Twang notecard series which has been in production for 18 years.

Adamo has been published in Life, Time, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and many other publications throughout the United States and the world via the Associated Press and Zuma Press. As a photojournalist for the Bakersfield Californian, Adamo provides daily photographs to accompany the stories that appear in the paper, including news, features and sports. In journalism “we never re-create images or ‘set up’ photographs. We shoot events as they happen. The only exception is for portraits and illustrations. What I like about photojournalism is the variety of subjects we get to shoot. One day might include a court assignment in the morning with a feature on a restaurant in the afternoon and the next day I may have a high school playoff football game. It’s these type of assignments that keep the job interesting.”





Christmas Bird Counts are still planned in January, so feel free to participate. Call the leader for more information: Sunday Jan. 1, 2017 - Kern River Valley, Bob Barnes (760)382-1260,
Wednesday Jan 4, 2017- Tehachapi area, Larry Parmeter (559)276-8753

Tue. January 17 - Lake Ming - 8:00 am

Roger Coley will lead us on a wonderful morning of winter birding along Lake Ming off Alfred Harrell Highway. Expect to see waterfowl and winter birds. Meet at the first parking lot, dress warm, bring binocs, water, snacks. Contact Roger for more info: 832-1820.


Sat. January 21 - Bakersfield Treatment Ponds - 8:30 - 11:30 am

Gary File will meet us at the south end of Mt Vernon off hwy 58, then right at the Bakersfield Sewer Treatment Ponds. This is a spot with a multitude of waterfowl and shorebirds...good birding and photography opportunities. Birders wanting to bird longer in the day, there is a possibility Gary will be available for additional birding. Bring water, binoculars, snacks and dress in layers. For more information call Deb 661-809-6135 Good for all levels of birders!

Kern Audubon-Tehachapi

Tuesday JANUARY 31, 2017 - 7:00PM

Golden Hills Elementary School cafeteria -- 20215 Park Road, Tehachapi


Bob Barnes, Birder Extraordinaire

Bob will be the speaker at our quarterly Kern Audubon-Tehachapi meeting at Golden Hills School. Bring binoculars, birding books, iPads, Smart Phones, laptop computers, etc. so we can learn about the many birding resources available.

Bob Barnes is the past Director of Bird Conservation Programs for Audubon California and has 35+ years experience leading over 250 formal birding field trips to Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Costa Rica. A Master Teacher, he has taught beginning birding extension classes for California State University Bakersfield.

PLUS... As part of Bob’s commitment to birds and birding, he will be leading two Tehachapi field trip workshops where he will focus on foundations of observing and identifying birds. Field trips will be to local birding spots where he will give instruction and assistance as we practice hands-on techniques in the field. Attend either or both of these field trip opportunities:

Saturday January 28, 9am - noon , field trip 1

Meet at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. and we’ll start our adventure at a local lake where Bob will teach and demonstrate bird identification techniques. We’ll have time to practice, ask questions, and get individual coaching. Those who wish will follow up with lunch at a local restaurant. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, dress warm

Tuesday, January 31, 2017. 9am - noon , field trip 2

We’ll visit another local birding area to get more practice and experience. Meet at the Burger King on Tehachapi Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. Bob will continue teaching techniques, answering questions and coaching individuals. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, dress warm.

Questions? Call Dixie: 661/599-1889







Sat. January 14, 9-11 AM --Work at the preserve will include collecting and stacking tumbleweeds so they can be burned. Lots of help is needed, so bring your gloves, water, jacket and a pitchfork, if you have one. If you have questions please contact David Schaad at Meet at the east end of Roberts Lane off of Manor Drive at the locked gate. Open to everyone and it’s just 2 hours!!

We appreciate all who come out to the Panarama Vista Preserve on our workdays with special thanks to Al Caetano, David Schaad,Ted Wright & Mac McCarthy for helping out in December.




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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