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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. October 6, 2015 7:00pm
City Center (17th & L Sts.)
(parking lot @18th & K Sts.)


Presented by Nature Ali
(Alison Sheehey)

Pronghorn on the Carrizo Plain

Photo by Ali Sheehey

From valleys, to mountains, to desert... Kern County and its neighboring counties are full of the wonders of nature. This program will be a quick overview of where and when to find magnificent birds, wildflowers, geological wonders, and some of the oldest plants in North America. Come and plan to have a "virtual" tour with Nature Ali and her great photography and then head out to the field. Fall migration is winding down but our winter resident birds are just arriving. Find out where and when to see to participate in Christmas Bird Counts and just what they are. Want to know where big trees are and where to find snow? How about the best places for spring migration and fields of wildflowers? Where are the parks and protected spaces? Learn all this and more on October 6, 2015 with Nature Ali!! Alison Sheehey, aka Nature Ali ( is a California Master Naturalist with a degree in Anthropology. She currently is the Programs Director of Sequoia ForestKeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization based in Kernville, CA. Ali is the past president of Kern Audubon and has been active in protecting and appreciating all that is natural in Kern County and beyond since her arrival here in 1980.


Field Trips

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

Tues. October 13, 8:00am - Pixley National Wildlife Refuge
This will be a great morning of birding in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. We will be walking around the flooded areas of the refuge for good viewing of waterfowl, upland & shorebirds. This area is normally closed to the public. A US Fish & Wildlife biologist will provided guided access for the outing. Pixley NWR is a 45 minute drive north of Bakersfield in southern Tulare County west of Earlimart.
Meet to carpool at the Rosedale Costco near the gas station at 8am. Bring snacks, lunch & water as well as binoculars (we have some to borrow). (Or you can meet at the Pixley NWR parking lot at 9am) Contact Bill Moffat (201-9279) for more information.

Sat. October 24, 8:00am - Hart Park
This will be a local outing for all levels of birders, so plan to join us for a great morning of birding at a wonderful
location. Hart Park offers a variety of habitats for resident and migrant birds, all within easy walking distances.
Bring snacks, water, binocs. Call Bill Moffat (201-9279) or Madi Elsea (322-7470) for more info




On Saturday, October 10, we will have our workday at the Preserve. Time: 8-10 AM. October
weather is a great time to be out gardening. Our tasks will be weeding and planting new
cuttings in the nursery. Bring hat, water, gloves, and a shovel or hoe. Meet at the gate as the
east end of Roberts Lane. If this will be your first time on a workday, contact Harry Love (805-
1420 for directions and to answer questions. Hope you can come out to
join our team!



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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