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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. Nov. 7, 2017 -- 7:00pm
Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)


Presenter: Steve Shaw,
Master Falconer

    Steve Shaw is a Master Falconer who started working with raptors as a teenager. After a career in health care administration he  pursued his falconer's license. Now a Master falconer, he files and hunts with a hybrid falcon, a Prairie falcon and a Harris' hawk.  In addition, he is studying Prairie falcons for the Bureau of Land management in Ridgecrest and the Los Padres National Forest as well as working on protecting a Prairie falcon site in California City.

            Steve will be discussing how hawks, falcons, eagles & owls are different and specifically the use of hawks and falcons in falconry.  How are hawks different from falcons in flight and hunting?  He will also discuss major threats to raptors and songbirds. 

            Steve will bring a falcon and Harris' hawk and possibly a Redtailed hawk for the program and is open to folks having a picture with a raptor in hand!



Tues. Nov. 14, 8:30am - Birds & Bikes Kern River Parkway
Birds & Bikes is an opportunity to get some exercise while enjoying birds along the Kern River Parkway! Al Caetano (833-6705) will lead this outing which starts at Riverwalk Park on Stockdale Highway at Buena Vista. Meet in the parking lot toward the back near the amphitheater. The group will head west along the river and recharge ponds, stopping often to identify birds. Bring binoculars (loaners available), WATER, snacks and a bicycle. Call Al for more information.

Sat. Nov. 18 - "Return of the Cranes" Festival at Pixley 3:00pm
Sandhill Cranes are now present at Pixley National Wildlife Refuge where they will be for the winter. Pixley NWR and Kern NWR staff will host an opportunity to learn about the cranes, enjoy some refreshments and see the cranes as they fly from nearby agricultural fields to the safety of the refuges' ponds for the night. Bring a flashlight, jacket and walking shoes for the 1/2 mile walk to the viewing platform. (Handicapped access can be arranged.)
Kern Audubon is providing TWO outing opportunities for this event:
   11:30am - Deb See & Bill Moffet will lead a pre-crane festival field trip to Atwell Island and other birding spots. Meet at the Rosedale Costco parking lot near the gas station at 11:30am to carpool. Bring $5 for gas, sack lunch, snacks, water, binoculars, flashlight and a jacket for evening. This outing will finish with the Crane Festival at Pixley NWR at 3:00pm. Questions? Contact Deb (209-9279) or Bill (805-0232) for information.
   2:00pm - If you just want to attend the event at Pixley, meet Madi Elsea (549-2391) at the Rosedale Costco near the gas station at 2pm to carpool to the refuge which is located near Earlimart. Bring binocs, snacks, water, jacket & $5 for drivers. If you plan to go directly to the refuge, please note that the bridge on Rd 88 that connects to the Pixley parking lot is still out so access to the parking lot is from the north. See enclosed flier for directions.

Sat. Nov. 25, 8:00am - Brite Lake, Tehachapi
Greg Hargleroad will lead this outing to Brite Lake to see waterfowl and perhaps a Bald Eagle and shore birds. Dress warmly and meet Greg at the Tehachapi Burger King 8am or at the entrance to Brite Lake. Bring binoculars, snacks. Bakersfield birders can meet at the Stockdale ParknRide between Real Rd and Highway 99 at 7:15 to carpool. Contact Greg (818) 645-3664 for information.






From David Schaad (428-2841): "We will not have a work day Saturday Nov 11 at the preserve because of Veteran's day. Some of us will be involved in the parade and other events that day. See you on Sat. Dec 9 for December's work day."




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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