Kern Audubon Society

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!

Our monthly newsletter, Audubon's Warbler, is available by email. Email the Webmaster to get on the list!




Tues. Feb. 6th, 2018 -- 7PM
First Congregational Church 5 Real Rd.
(Real Rd. and Stockdale Hwy.)

For over 100 years, the 1906 Antiquities Act has empowered American presidents, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt, to create national monuments to protect and preserve America's natural and cultural heritage. Doug Dodd’s illustrated talk will discuss the origins of the preservation ideal, the conservation movement, and the development of America's system of national monuments, such as the Sequoia National Monument in Kern & Tulare Counties. The Antiquities Act has recently come under fire as the Interior Department has sought to decrease the size of some national monuments created in the last decade. Doug Dodd will discuss the history of the Antiquities Act and update us on recent developments related to national monuments. Dr. Douglas Dodd is an Associate Professor of History at CSU Bakersfield, where he teaches U.S. history, environmental history, and the history of the American West. His work focuses on the history of federal public land management policy and more recently on the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in California's national parks, 1933-1942. Dr. Douglas Dodd



Sun. Feb. 4th, 1:00pm - Kern & Pixley National Wildlife Refuges
Want a SUPER field trip instead of a Super Bowl?! Then join us for birding at two area wildlife refuges. Geoff Grisdale, Kern NWR Wildlife Biologist, will lead the afternoon and early evening outing to Kern & Pixley refuges. We will view shorebirds & waterfowl at Kern, then drive to Pixley NWR to see the Sandhill Cranes before they fly north for the spring and summer, viewing the cranes at sunset and twilight as they return to the safety of the refuge for the night. Meet at the Costco on Rosedale Hiway near the gas station at 1:00pm to carpool. Bring $10 for transportation, water, snacks, binoculars and a sack dinner (optional). We will return to Bakersfield by approximately 7pm. Contact Madi Elsea, for more information: 322-7470. If you haven't seen (or heard) the Sandhill Cranes at sunset, it is truly a wonderful experience!

Sat. Feb 10, 8am-12pm - Cesar Chavez National Monument, Keene, CA
The National Park Service has invited Kern Audubon & Kern Audubon-Tehachapi to a morning of birding the 117 acre Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene, located between Bakersfield and Tehachapi on Highway 58. Ruben Andrade, Monument Superintendent, will speak briefly at 8:30am and Linda Mutch, Science Communications Specialist with the National Park Service will orient birders to the goal of the outing, which is to help provide a bird list for the monument. Bill Moffat & Greg Hargleroad will provide leadership for Kern Audubon and KAS-Tehachapi birders.

Tehachapi birders should meet Greg at the Tehachapi Burger King at 8:00am to carpool to the monument. Bakersfield birders meet at the Stockdale Park n Ride located between Highway 99 & Real Rd at 7:45am to carpool. Birders can also go directly to the Cesar Chavez National Monument, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd., Keene, arriving by 8:30am. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and a picnic lunch. Participants are welcome to visit the memorial gardens and the visitor center at the conclusion of the event. Questions? Contact Bill or Deb: 805-0232 or Greg: (818) 645-3664

Tues. Feb. 20, 8:30am - Truxtun Lake
Al Caetano will lead this morning of birding around Truxtun Lake. Meet in the parking lot along Truxtun Extension near the painted water tower west of Mohawk Drive. Bring water, snacks, binoculars (loaners available). Questions? Contact Al: 833-6705


Panorama Vista Preserve


Next work day: Saturday, February 10th 9-11AM
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).


Buena Vista Nature Park


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

Andean Cock-of-the-rock
San Joaquin Kit Fox
Tule Elk