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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's FALL KICK-OFF
Tuesday SEPT 2, 2014 - 7:00PM City Center 17th and L Streets
(Kern Superintendent of Schools)
Parking garage 18th & K Sts. or street parking


Mike Sutton, Vice-President, National Audubon Society

The Pacific Flyway is an aerial superhighway stretching nearly 10,000 miles from Alaska to South America. It encompasses fewer US states and more Globally Important Bird Areas than any of the other three flyways in North America. Each year at least a billion birds of some 350 species travel the Flyway during their annual migrations, north in the spring to nesting grounds and south in the fall to their winter homes. This, however, represents only a fraction of the birds that used the Pacific Flyway a century ago. Some species, such as the Black-footed Albatross and Least Tern, are in serious trouble. Even many common birds such as the Western Sandpiper, have become far less abundant. There are many threats to the birds of the Flyway, from habitat loss, water diversion for agriculture and development, diminishing food resources, and climate change. California’s exceptional drought is only making matters worse.

Audubon has been at the forefront of safeguarding birds and their ecosystems throughout its nearly 110 year history. Join National Audubon Vice President Michael Sutton for an evening to celebrate recent victories on behalf of birds and discuss the challenges and opportunities still ahead along the Pacific Flyway—aerial superhighway for the birds!

Mike Sutton has an extensive background in conservation. Prior to coming to Audubon, he was Vice-president of the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he founded the Center for the Future of the Oceans, the Aquarium’s conservation advocacy arm. Before that Mike established and led ocean conservation programs at the David & Lucille Packard Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund where he founded the Marine Stewardship Council based in London. Mike lives in the Carmel Valley and is a great birder!




Field Trips


Wednesday, Sept. 17 - Buena Vista Recreation Area

Ranger Bill Moffat will lead us to various birding spots around the lake, wetlands and woodlands, and then we will travel to Noon Park by the Buena Vista Golf Course which has also been noted as a birding area, ending with an optional lunch at the Buena Vista Golf course's Grill. We normally see 45-55 species here. Meet at 8am at Stockdale Hiway parking lot across from CSUB to carpool or at 8:30 at the entrance to Buena Vista Lake Recreation Area. Call Bill at 201-9279 for more info.


Sat. Sept. 20 - Birding in Tehachapi

Sat. Sept 20, 7:30am - Kern Audubon-Tehachapi will host this field trip along Paradise Valley Rd in Tehachapi, a great place to see fall migrants, raptors and others such as Green-tailed Towhee and Band-tailed pigeons.  Meet at the Burger King parking lot on Tehachapi Blvd (Kmart shopping center). Bring water, snacks, binoculars, good walking shoes.  Call Angela for more information:  821-7702.

Go to for details or call Angela: 821-7702

Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:00 am - Fall Turkey Vulture Festival

Meet at the Mt. Vernon/Hwy 178 Albertsons parking lot to carpool to the Kern River Audubon Preserve for this fall festival. There may be other birding walks starting earlier if people want to go up earlier on their own, and we will watch the KRP website and share those updates. This is always a fun event with displays, nature-bird walks, music and interaction with fellow birders. It ends around 2 pm. For more info call Bill at 201-9279.




September Workparty at Panorama Vista Preserve

On Saturday, September 13, 8-10 AM, Kern Audubon will begin its fifth year providing workers for the Panorama Vista Preserve. The chores this time will be weeding (yes, those pesky tumbleweeds), working in the nursery, and maintenance around the trees. What to bring?: sun hat, gloves, and water. The Preserve is working on a fantastic new addition...come & see! This is a great time to become a new member of the team . Come out and find out how you can help. Contact Harry Love (805-1420; for information. Meet at the east end of Roberts Lane off of Manor Drive at the locked gate at

8am. Just 2 hours of your time!



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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