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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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Tues. APRIL 4, 2017
Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)

"The Desert Tortoise & Its Challenges"
Jillian Estrada, Manager of the Desert Tortoise Natural Area, Kern County

Jillian Estrada is the preserve manager of the Desert Tortoise Natural Area, located in Kern County east of California City, and conservation coordinator for the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and Animal Behavior from Michigan State University as well as a Master’s of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan. She has worked on research projects spanning the continent of Africa and North America. Her presentation will focus on "Protecting and managing the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area in an era of growing threats". She will give an update on recent events at the DTRNA and will discuss actions being taken to combat the growing number of threats to the desert tortoise and other species. Of particular concern for birders is the threat to the endangered Desert Tortoise posed by the Common Raven. (A field trip to the DTNA is planned for Sat. April 8th -- see below for details.)




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)







Saturday, April 8 will be another work day at the Panorama Vista Preserve. The thistles will have started to grow by then but there is always something to do at the Preserve. Bring work gloves, water, a hat, and shovel or hoe if you have one. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the preserve gate at the east end of Roberts Lane. If it’s starting to get warm early we may meet at 8 am, otherwise 9 to 11 a.m.

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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