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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. March 3, 2015

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

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)


"California's Southernmost Pronghorn

Population -- An Upclose Perspective"

Bill Lydecker, Presenter

The American mammal most people in the United States call an antelope is arguably the most distinctly American mammal in all of North America. Unlike antelope which evolved in the old world and are native to Eurasia and Africa, pronghorn are the only remaining species of a type of hoofed animal that evolved in North America.

Pronghorn ( Antilocarpa americana) were present in historic times in the Antelope Valley but were extirpated in the early part of the last century. In 1985 and 1987, a total of 91 pronghorn were reintroduced from Modoc County to Tejon Ranch. This population has decreased over time, with recent population estimates ranging from the low twenties to high thirties.

Since November 2013, Bill Lydecker, member of Kern Audubon, has been working as a volunteer with others at Tejon Ranch Conservancy surveying the pronghorn herd at Tejon Ranch in the Antelope Valley. He will show photographs taken over the last year that demonstrate how pronghorn behave through the year, how different animals can be identified as individuals, and how physical characteristics and behaviors make pronghorn unique.

Join Kern Audubon on March 3rd for a fascinating look at this iconic American species!


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.



Saturday, March 14, 8-10 AM, is the next monthly workday at the Preserve. With warmer weather and recent rains, it istime to do maintenance, such as weeding. Newly sprouted tumbleweeds are just waiting to be pulled! And since we took themonth off in February, our work will be needed. What to bring: hat, gloves, water, shovel/hoe. Location: East end of RobertsLane, at the gate. This is an opportunity to help restore a great community asset!



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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