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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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Rod Lee's Editorial comment about our reactions to bats :

This is one of the guys who has given our fabulous bats a bad name. Find out how our wonderful furry bats are helpfully essential and important to Kern County.


Tues. MAY 2, 2017
Kern Supt of Schools, 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)


Erika Noel, Staff Biologist,
McCormick Biological

Erika (on the right) releasing a Pallid Bat

After 13 years as a state licensed paramedic in emergency services here in Kern County, Erika Noel discovered her true passion was biology. She went back to school, receiving her BS in biology from Cal State Bakersfield and began work with McCormick Biological as a consultant for endangered species mitigation/monitoring. She is an approved biologist with Calif Dept of Fish & Wildlife related to San Joaquin Kit Fox and Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard studies. She also has certification as a rattlesnake handler!

Erika's special interest in BATS began in 2014 when she attended a workshop with Bats of the Southwest in Zzyzx, Ca. Since then she has collected data on California Leaf nosed bats and participated in the state-wide Townsends Big-eared bat survey when 3 new Big-eared bat roosts were located on Tejon Ranch Conservancy lands. For the past 2 years she has been a volunteer in the wildlife rehabilitation unit at CALM, which has included a bat rehabilitation course at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford, Texas.

Erika's presentation will focus on bat ecology, conservation and the bat rehabilitation program at CALM, Kern Superintendent of School's California Living Museum on Alfred Harrell Hiway.




Sat. April 8, 6:30am - Desert Tortoise Preserve

As a follow-up to the April 4th program on desert tortoises and the preserve in the Mojave Desert, Madi Elsea will lead a field trip to the preserve and a stop at California City’s Central Park, a birding hotspot. At the preserve we will have a naturalist-led tour. An early start is important, so we will meet to carpool at the Stockdale Park n Ride (Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 & Kaiser) at 6:30am. Bring water, snacks, hat, $10 (for drivers), binoculars. We will stop at the Subway in Cal City on the way home for lunch. Call Madi (322-7470) for more info. Chance to see wildflowers, too!

sunset over the mojave desert

Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 am - Fort Tejon & Quail Lake

Bill Moffat will lead this birding field trip to Ft.Tejon and vicinity and then to the Quail Lakes area. We will do short walks at each location. Early migrants and mountain species will be seen. This will be an enjoyable morning for birders of all levels. Meet to carpool at the Stockdale Hwy/Hwy 99 Park n Ride located between Real Rd. & Hiway 99 at 7:30 AM. Bring snacks/lunch, water, binos, layered clothes. We will also have binoculars to loan. $10 gas donation suggested for drivers. We will return after lunch. Call Bill for more info at 661-805-0232.

Sat. April 15, 7:00am - Kern River Preserve

Reed Tollefson, Kern River Preserve's manager, will lead this outing at the preserve. Expect to see spring migrants as well as year-round birds. Meet Ginny Dallas at the Costco Rosedale (near the gas station) to carpool to the preserve in Weldon. Bring water, snacks, a lunch, binocs, $10 for drivers. Call Ginny 301-8188 for more info.

Sat. April 22 - Piute Ponds

Kern Auduobn-Tehachpi's Greg Hargleroad will lead this outing to Piute Ponds located on Edwards Air Force Base near Mojave. Meet at 8:00am at the Tehachapi Burger King to carpool. Bring binocs, snacks,water. Bakersfield birders meet at 7:15am at the Stockdale ParknRide (between Real Rd. & Hiway 99) to carpool to Tehachapi meeting spot. For information: 818-645-3664 ($10 for drivers)



Wed. May 3, 8:30am - Birds n Bikes

The Kern River is flowing and the birds are abundant! We will be taking a bike ride along the western end of the Kern River bike path, starting at Enos Lane, also known as Hiway 43. We will meet at the Enos Lane parking lot which is located on Hiway 43 just north of the intersection of 43 & Interstate 5. Bring water, snacks, binoculars (we have loaners, too), sunscreen, hats and a bike. Contact Deb 809-6135 or Bill 805-0232, who will be leading the outing, for more information.

Sat/Sun May 13-14 - Desert Birding

Birding expert Alison Sheehey ( will be leading this birding weekend to California City & vicinity and to Butterbredt Springs, an oasis in Jawbone Canyon for migrating birds. You can participate in all or part of the weekend, depending on your schedule and stamina!

The weekend begins at the Best Western Hotel in California City at 5:45am on Sat. May 13 (yes, you read that right!), so you might want to arrive the night before at the Best Western or at a hotel or campground of your choice. Birding will start on the nearby golfcourse before the golfers arrive.

If 5:45am is to early for you, you can meet Deb See & Bill Moffat at 7:00am in the parking lot of Cal City's Central Park for birding there several hours with Ali. Central Park is known as a birding hotspot. Following lunch in California City, the group will be visiting nearby desert birding spots still being planned. The evening will end with dinner in California City, followed by motel stays there or camping at Butterbredt Springs, about an hour’s drive from Cal City, where birding will begin early Sunday morning.

On Sun. May 14th, birding begins at 5:30am, which is essential to seeing the potentially thousands of songbirds migrating across the desert to this spring and resting place before moving on to the mountains. This takes place a few hours before and after dawn! Meet Deb, Bill & Ali at Butterbredt. Depending on participants, birding may continue that afternoon in Kelso Valley or Lake Isabella. Contact Deb or Bill (see contact info above) to RSVP & info.

Sat. May 27 - Tehachapi Mountain Park

Greg Hargleroad will lead this Kern Audubon-Tehachapi outing to Tehachapi Mountain Park where we hope to see birds adapted to both oak and pine forests. Meet at Burger King at 8 am or at Mountain Park at 8:30. Bakersfield birders meet at the Park n Ride at 7:15 to carpool. The ParknRide is located on Stockdale Hiway between Real Rd & Hiway 99. Contact Greg (818-645-3664) for information.






May 13 will be another work day at the Panarama Vista Preserve. Please bring water, gloves, a hat and a shovel or hoe. Not sure yet exactly what work we will be doing, however, it may be hoeing weeds or preparing ground and planting milkweed seed,. Come on out and enjoy a beautiful morning, including exercise! We will meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot at the east end of Roberts lane and work for about 2 hours. Contact me if you have quesitons: David Schaad 428-2841



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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