Interested in taking field trips to interesting places in Kern County, to see birds, wildlife, and habitats? Kern County has a great variety of birds: a recent publication by Audubon California, Important Bird Areas, indicates 13 different places in the county that have special bird populations, based either on size or variety of the bird population or presence of protected species.
Kern Audubon usually conducts field trips on Saturday, and occasionally on Sunday or weekday mornings. Beginning birders are welcome! Experienced members will help you learn to identify birds. We try to schedule trips either to new sites, or to places we've visited before. In the past 12 months we have made trips to Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wind Wolves Preserve, Tule Elk State Reserve, Poso Creek, Lake Ming/Hart Park, the Kern Water Bank, Kern River Preserve, Butterbredt Spring, Galileo Hill, Atwell Island Restoration Project, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and others.
Information about where to meet for each field trip will be announced in the monthly newsletter (the Warbler) and on the website. Carpooling is encouraged and in some instances required due to the type of field trip and parking conditions at the site. Bring binoculars, bird guides, snacks, drinks, warm or cool clothes. Sunscreen and insect repellent may be needed. The chapter does have extra binoculars that can be borrowed on field trips.
APRIL FIELD TRIPS
Tues. Apr. 10, 8am – Kern River at the Rancheria Rd. Bridge
Sat. Apr. 21, 7am – Kern River Valley Bioregions Festival and 9am - Bird Walks at Kern River Preserve
Sat.-Sun. Apr. 21-22 – Desert Birding and the Amazing Spring Bird Migration at Butterbredt Spring
Fri.-Sun. Apr. 27-29, (Fri. 6pm, Sat-Sun 6am) – Owens Lake Bird Festival in Lone Pine
Sat. Apr. 28, 8am – Golden Hills Nature Park
MARCH FIELD TRIPS
Tues. Mar. 13th – 9:00am - Bakersfield Sewage Ponds
Sat. Mar. 17th, 7:45am - Bob Powers Gateway Preserve
Sat. Mar. 24th, 8:00am - Central Park, California City
FEBRUARY FIELD TRIPS
Sun. Feb. 4th, 1:00pm - Kern & Pixley National Wildlife Refuges
Sat. Feb 10, 8am-12pm - Cesar Chavez National Monument, Keene, CA
Tues. Feb. 20, 8:30am - Truxtun Lake
JANUARY FIELD TRIPS
Fri.-Mon. Jan. 12-15 - Morro Bay Bird Festival
Sat. Jan. 20, 8:30am - Lake Ming
Sat. Jan. 27, 8:00am - Tehachapi Area Ponds
DECEMBER FIELD TRIPS
Sat. Dec. 9, 9:00am - Panorama Vista Preserve
Sun. Dec. 10, 8am - Tejon Ranch
Wed. Dec. 20, 8:00am - Beale & Stramler Park areas
NOVEMBER FIELD TRIPS
Tues. Nov. 14, 8:30am - Birds & Bikes Kern River Parkway
Sat. Nov. 18 - "Return of the Cranes" Festival at Pixley 3:00pm
Sat. Nov. 25, 8:00am - Brite Lake, Tehachapi
OCTOBER FIELD TRIPS
Sat. Oct 21 , 8:00am - Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area Join Al Caetano for a morning of birding at Buena Vista lake about 30 miles west of Bakersfield where we hope to see migrating songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds. A great location for new birders. Loaner binoculars available. Meet at 8:00 am at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway & Don Hart Dr. across from CSUB to carpool or at 8:30am at Buena Vista Rec. Area. There is a $6.00 entry fee per car so it is a good idea to car pool. Bring water, snacks, binocs. Lunch optional at the BV golf course cafe or BYOL. Return after lunch. Call Al (833-6705) for more information.
Sat. Oct. 28, 8:00am - Meadowbrook Park, Tehachapi Meadowbrook Park is located at 21750 Westwood Blvd. in Golden Hills. We will meet at the Burger King Parking lot at 8 am or at the park 8:30 . The park has paved walkways and easy trails with little elevation change. Should see resident birds and fall migrants. Join Greg Hargleroad, leader, for this morning outing. Bakersfield birders can meet to carpool at the ParknRide at 7:15am (parkinglot between Real Rd & Hiway 99 on Stockdale Hiway.) Bring water & binocs. Call Greg for info: 818/645-3664.
SEPTEMBER FIELD TRIPS
Sun Sept 10, 7:30am - Wind Wolves Preserve
Meet at 7:30am at the Kern River Parkway parking lot on Stockdale Hiway at Don Hart Drive across from CSUB to carpool or meet at Wind Wolves Headquarters at 8:30am. Bring $5 for drivers, water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, binocs, etc. Al Caetano is the leader (833-6705) and at the preserve we will travel by the preserve's van.
Tues. Sept 19, 8:30am - Hart Park
A beautiful fall outing at Hart Park to see resident birds and fall migrants! Meet at 8:30am on Mirror Drive at the west end of Hart Park between the two lakes. Bring water, snacks, binocs. Walking involved. Contact Margaret Dolan for more information: email@example.com
Sat. Sept 30, 8:00am - Horsethief Park in Stallion Springs
Join Kern Audubon-Tehachapi's Greg Hargleroad for this fall outing in the Tehachapi community of Stallion Springs. Meet at the Tehachapi Burger King at 8:00am. Bring water, binocs, etc. Call Greg for information: 818-645-3664. Bakersfield birders who’d like to carpool can meet at the Stockdale ParknRide (Stockdale Hiway between Hiway 99 & Real Rd.) at 7:15am.
MAY FIELD TRIPS
Wed. May 3, 8:30am - Birds n Bikes
The Kern River is flowing and the birds are abundant! We will be taking a bike ride along the western end of the Kern River bike path, starting at Enos Lane, also known as Hiway 43. We will meet at the Enos Lane parking lot which is located on Hiway 43 just north of the intersection of 43 & Interstate 5. Bring water, snacks, binoculars (we have loaners, too), sunscreen, hats and a bike. Contact Deb 809-6135 or Bill 805-0232, who will be leading the outing, for more information.
Sat/Sun May 13-14 - Desert Birding
Birding expert Alison Sheehey (natureali.org) will be leading this birding weekend to California City & vicinity and to Butterbredt Springs, an oasis in Jawbone Canyon for migrating birds. You can participate in all or part of the weekend, depending on your schedule and stamina!
The weekend begins at the Best Western Hotel in California City at 5:45am on Sat. May 13 (yes, you read that right!), so you might want to arrive the night before at the Best Western or at a hotel or campground of your choice. Birding will start on the nearby golfcourse before the golfers arrive.
If 5:45am is to early for you, you can meet Deb See & Bill Moffat at 7:00am in the parking lot of Cal City’s Central Park for birding there several hours with Ali. Central Park is known as a birding hotspot. Following lunch in California City, the group will be visiting nearby desert birding spots still being planned. The evening will end with dinner in California City, followed by motel stays there or camping at Butterbredt Springs, about an hour’s drive from Cal City, where birding will begin early Sunday morning.
On Sun. May 14th, birding begins at 5:30am, which is essential to seeing the potentially thousands of songbirds migrating across the desert to this spring and resting place before moving on to the mountains. This takes place a few hours before and after dawn! Meet Deb, Bill & Ali at Butterbredt. Depending on participants, birding may continue that afternoon in Kelso Valley or Lake Isabella. Contact Deb or Bill (see contact info above) to RSVP & info.
Sat. May 27 - Tehachapi Mountain Park
Greg Hargleroad will lead this Kern Audubon-Tehachapi outing to Tehachapi Mountain Park where we hope to see birds adapted to both oak and pine forests. Meet at Burger King at 8 am or at Mountain Park at 8:30. Bakersfield birders meet at the Park n Ride at 7:15 to carpool. The ParknRide is located on Stockdale Hiway between Real Rd & Hiway 99. Contact Greg (818-645-3664) for information.