Kern Audubon Society

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About Kern Audubon

Founded in Bakersfield in 1973 and incorporated in 1979, Kern Audubon Society is a thriving environmental organization in Kern County. The Chapter continually plans 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. Join us at a meeting or a field trip!

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Tues. Mar. 6th, 2018 -- 7PM
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
1300 17th St. Bakersfield (17th and L St.)

Kern and its neighboring counties are replete with public lands. How do changes to policy affect where, when, and how much it costs to recreate locally? How about the effect on our wildlife and native plants? Or even our tremendous geological landscapes? Just where are the parks and protected spaces? And most important, what and where are the special birds, other animals, and native plants found locally?

Alison Sheehey, aka Nature Ali ( is a California Master Naturalist with a degree in Anthropology. She currently is the Programs Director of Sequoia ForestKeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization based in Kernville, CA. Ali is the past president of Kern Audubon and has been active in protecting and appreciating all that is natural in Kern County and beyond since she migrated here in 1980.

SPECIAL GUEST: Ariana Rickard, Audubon California’s Chapter Network Associate Director, will be speaking briefly at the meeting about Audubon California’s conservation campaigns. She will also be visiting Audubon’s Kern River Reserve and Panorama Vista Preserve.

Alison Sheehey



Tues. Mar. 13th – 9:00am - Bakersfield Sewage Ponds
Join us for a weekday field trip that is guaranteed not to stink! The Bakersfield sewer ponds are a great location to see wintering ducks, shorebirds and raptors as well as learn from some experienced local birders. Meet at the Treatment plant gate on the south end of Mt. Vernon off Highway 58 where the road ends at 9:00 where Gary File will be leading this outing. This is a driving location so we will be touring in as few vehicles as possible, please bring walkie-talkies to communicate between vehicles. Contact Geoff Grisdale (661) 203-3140 for more information.

Sat. Mar. 17th, 7:45am - Bob Powers Gateway Preserve
Join us Saturday morning for a tour of an ongoing Audubon restoration location, important birding resource and gateway to the Kern River valley. The Bob Powers Gateway Preserve is an 18-acre cattail marsh, and includes restored habitat for Kern red-winged and tricolored blackbirds, as well as rare hot springs and the Alkali Mariposa Lily. Expect to see waterfowl as well as shorebirds and spring migrating raptors and passerines.

For carpools meet at 7:45 the Albertson’s Parking lot on Mt. Vernon at Hwy 178 near the donut shop (leaving by 8:00). Please bring $10 for drivers. From there it is an hour drive to Lake Isabella where we will meet Bruce Vegter in the True Value parking lot (6050 Lake Isabella Blvd.) where he will lead us on a 2-3 hour tour of the Preserve and adjoining hot springs. For those driving separately meet the group at the True Value hardware store in Lake Isabella at 9:00. Contact Geoff Grisdale (661) 203-3140 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Sat. Mar. 24th, 8:00am - Central Park, California City
Central Park provides a much needed water source in the Mojave Desert for migrant and resident birds. We saw over 40 bird species including a Bald Eagle last year. For carpools meet at the Burger King in Tehachapi at 8am or Central Park in California City at 9am. Bring water, snacks, binoculars (loaners available). Questions? Contact Greg’s email:


Panorama Vista Preserve


Next work day: Saturday, March 10th 9-11AM
Come out and enjoy the outdoors while helping improve the preserve. East end of Roberts Lane. Bring water, a hat, gloves, and a shovel if you have one. If you have questions about the event please contact David Schaad (428-2841).


Kern River Valley Bioregions Festival