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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. May 3rd, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
City Center (17th & L Sts.)

parking lot at 18th & K

"Missing Link: A Race to
Protect a Crucial Wildlife Corridor "

Zack Principe, Nature Conservancy Scientist

       In this program we will learn about cattle ranches in the Caliente area that provide important wildlife habitat in a narrow corridor between massive Tejon Ranch and the Southern Sierra foothills. Zach Principe will share photos and discuss The Nature Conservancy's " Tehachapi Project.

Zachary Principe is a Stewardship Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy trained as a plant ecologist. Over his 18 years working for the Conservancy he has focused on land management, conservation planning, and land protection in southern California. Over the last decade he has been part of the Conservancy's team to plan and implement conservation actions in the greater Tehachapi and southern Sierra Nevada Mountains


May Field Trips

May 1st, Sunday: The Nature Conservancy Lands in Caliente
A field trip visit with our May meeting speaker to ranch property acquired by The Nature Conservancy near Caliente. Details on meeting time and directions will be given to those who RSVP. Space is limited. Call Deb See at 661-805-0232


SAT/SUN  MAY 7 & 8-  Desert Birding and Campout
A weekend of birding will be led by birder extraordinaire Alison Sheehey in early May. We will meet Sat. May 7 at 7:00 AM at the Best Western Hotel in California City (also a great place to stay on Friday night). We will then visit various birding hotspots in eastern Kern County, including Galileo Hill desert oasis, then ending up at Butterbredt Springs (desert oasis) around 8pm to camp for the night. Early Sunday morning (5:30am) birding before dawn is essential to experience the spectacle of songbirds migrating through Butterbredt and on into the southern Sierras. In 2014 our group saw approximately 10,000 migrating songbirds just in the first few hours before & after dawn!  After Butterbredt we will explore the Kelso Valley and Piute Mtn. area, and possibly Audubon's Kern River Preserve and Lake Isabella. 
Note: Another Friday night option is camping at Red Rock Canyon State Park (no fee, courtesy of Bill Moffat) with Ali, Bill, and Deb, with possible owling. Join us if you can for all or any portion of this event. Please call with questions/RSVP to Deb See at 661-805-0232.

SAT. MAY 14   - Stallion Springs
Kern Audubon-Tehachapi will host this birding field trip to the Stallion Springs area near Tehachapi to bird ponds and riparian habitats.  Cliff Swallows are nesting on the covered bridge!  Bakersfield birders should meet at the ParknRide on Stockdale near Hiway 99 at 7:15am to carpool to the Burger King in Tehachapi to meet leader Greg Hargleroad at 8:00am.   Bring snacks, water, binoculars.  Bear Valley birders can contact Greg for a meeting place in Stallion Springs: 818/645-3664 and for more information.
  TUES. MAY 24, 8:30AM - Truxton Lake
  Bill Moffat will lead this morning outing along the shores of Truxtun Lakes where we can expect to see   late migrants, waterfowl, shorebirds and year-round residents. Beginning birders especially welcome!   Meet at the Truxtun Extension parking lot between Mohawk and the painted water tower at 8:30am.   Wear good walking shoes, bring water/snacks. Binocs are suggested and we have some to loan.    Contact Bill (661-201-9279) for more information.



On Saturday, May 14, 8-10 AM, we will be having our monthly workday at the Preserve. Spring rains have been very good to the plants. But also the weeds! Please come out and enjoy a May morning taking care of the plants. All you need is water, hat, gloves, a shovel, and a great attitude. Want to join the fun? Contact Harry Love ( 805-1420 ). Meet at east end of Roberts Lane off Manor Drive 8am!




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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