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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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Bud Darwin


Tues. FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)

"Sequoia Riverlands Trust - Inspiring love & Lasting Protection for Important Lands"

Bud Darwin, Education Director &
Camdilla Wirth, Conservation Biologist

Camdilla Wirth

Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a regional nonprofit land trust dedicated to strengthening California's heartland and the natural & agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra's and San Joaquin Valley. SRT engages landowners, farmers, conservationists and governmental agencies in Tulare, Fresno, Kern & Kings counties to collaborate on land conservation throughout the southern Central Valley. SRT has protected more than 20,000 acres and owns/manages six nature preserves. In conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, SRT has worked to protect 2400 acres in the Carizzo Plains. Camdilla Wirth will share her collection of wildlife photos and talk about the importance of preserving native habitat for future generations, especially in regard to her work in the Carizzo Plain.  Bud Darwin will share about SRT's education and volunteer program efforts to engage schools, community groups and individuals to get outside to learn, explore and develop a life-long relationship with the natural world.

Bud Darwin has been an outdoor enthusiast since his youth and has hiked the John Muir Trail in. He has worked for Tulare County as a Social Worker, Probation Supervisor for the Office of Education where he created and administered the Sierra Corps' Outdoor Adventure Program for at-risk-youth. Bud has earned a Congressional Award in recognition for his restoration work on the Carrizo Plains. As the Education Director for Sequoia Riverlands Trust his focus is to provide an array of opportunities for community members to access and experience the natural world. Camdilla Wirth joined Sequoia Riverlands Trust in 2015 as Conservation Biologist to support SRT's mitigation site management efforts, particularly in the Carrizo Plain and west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Her experience with the relevant geography, wildlife species and survey methods, expertise with plants are integral to her work with SRT.





Sat. Feb. 11th, 7:30am - Kern National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge biologist and Kern Audubon member Geoff Grisdale will lead this morning auto birding tour of the

Kern Nat'l Wildlife Refuge located in northern Kern County. Winter is prime waterfowel & shorebird viewing.

Meet at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway (& Don Hart Drive) at 7:30am to carpool. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and a lunch (optional); $5 for drivers. Trip will end noon-ish. Call Madi (322-7470) for info.

Tues. Feb. 14th, 9:00am - Birds n Bikes along the Kern River Parkway

Join Bill Moffat for a morning of birding & biking! Meet at the Kern River parking lot off Manor Drive across from Calvary Church. Bring your own bike, binocs, snacks and water. It's a Valentine birding opportunity to spot resident birds & late migrants We will also have loaner binoculars. Call Bill at (661)805-0232 for more information.

Sat. Feb. 18th - Tehachapi ponds & more

Greg Hargleroad will lead this visit to local sewage treatment ponds, a groundwater research basin, and two area lakes (Sawyer and Brite), time permitting. 8:00am meet at the Tehachapi Burger King (Tehachapi Blvd. near Kmart) to carpool to locations. Bakersfield birders meet at 7:15am at the Stockdale Park n Ride (between Real Rd & Hiway 99) to carpool to the Tehachapi meeting spot. Call Greg for info: 818-645-3664.


Editor's note: The creek bordering Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is now a river, washing out the bridge to the parking lot. Pixley will be closed indefinitely until bridge is repaired and weather conditions stabilize.








Saturday, Feb. 11 will be another panorama Vista Preserve work day. We'll start at 9 a.m. and go till 11 a.m. Meet at the preserve gate at the east end of Roberts Lane. There's always something to do out there! Many thanks to the faithful volunteers in January: Mac McCarthy, Andy Honig, Maria Polite and Al Caetano for their help planting milkweed seeds. We hope to see many butterflies out there when the milkweed matures and produces flowers! David Schaad, Coordinator




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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