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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. September 1, 2015

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

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)

"The Owens Lake Story:
Saving the Lake & Saving the Birds"

Presentor: Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon California

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon California, will kick-off Kern Audubon's program year with a presentation about Owens Lake and Audubon's role in creating a long-term conservation vision for this eastern Sierra lake. The lake has been returning to life since Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began rewatering the playa to control dust in 2004.   Owens Lake is listed as a Globally Important Bird Area that attracts hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds, breeding shorebirds, waterfowl, and meadow birds.  Audubon California, in partnership with Eastern Sierra Audubon, began a process in 2008 to ensure that the lake would remain a refuge for birds into the future.  Andrea will describe the conservation process, it's successes and challenges, and describe the spectacle of bird migration that occurs at Owens Lake and along the eastern Sierra and its part in the Pacific Flyway. 


Field Trips

Sat. Sept. 12, 8:00am - Brite Lake, Tehacapi
Join leader Greg Hargleroad for a morning of birding at Tehachapi's Brite Lake.  Meet at the free parking lot near the gate of the  Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District office at 22901 Banducci Road. Bring binoculars, snacks. etc. Contact Greg at 818/645-3664 or for more information.

Tuesday, September 15, 8:30am- Lake Ming
Join Roger Coley for a morning of late summer birding at Lake Ming. Meet at the first parking lot at the lake and bring binocs, snacks, water. Plan on some walking along the lakeshore. If the lake is too low we may head to Hart Park.  Questions?  Call Roger: 832-1820.  (Lake Ming is located 7 miles east of Bakersfield, just off of Alfred HarrellHiway. Take Hiway 178 east to Alfred Harrel and turn left a few miles to Rio Bravo stop sign, then right to the lake.)

Sat. September 26th, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm -  Kern River Preserve Turkey Vulture Festival
Join us for the annual TV Festival with birdwalks, vendors and activities for children and adults. We will carpool from the Albertsons's parking lot at Mt. Vernon and Highway 178 at 7:00am, arriving at the Reserve around 8am or else you can drive early to the Reserve for 7am birding.  Call Bill Moffat for more info. 661-201-9279




On Saturday, September 12, 8-10 AM we will kick off our new year at the Preserve. Over the summer, most of the plants in the nursery were planted and because of the rains and the irrigation system, the trees and bushes are doing very well. Our job this month is to prepare a new crop of plants. We will be placing oaks in starter trays and potting some of the young ones. And those pesky tumbleweeds still need "harvesting"! . Want to join the fun? Want to be part of this event to help the community? All are welcome and it's just 2 hours!! Bring water, sun hat, and a shovel/hoe. Call Harry Love (805-1420) for info. 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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