Kern Audubon Society


Kern Audubon Society usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7PM. After a short period for announcements, introductions, etc., a program is presented by an outstanding person(s) in the field of conservation, ornithology, ecology, history, or biology. Generally, the programs are accompanied by PowerPoint, slide, or other media and there is usually a lively discussion and question and answer period. A list of past speakers is given at the end of this page.

After the program, there are refreshments, and winning raffle tickets are drawn for prizes such as bird guides, photographs or posters, nature games, and other items donated by our members. In addition to a fun time, the raffles are important source of funding for our Chapter.

Unless noted otherwise, meetings will be in the Kern Superintendent of Schools Office at 17th and L Streets. There is free parking on the street or in the parking structure north of the building. Meetings are open to the public and there is no admission charge.




Tues. June 5th, 2018 -- 6PM
Yokuts Park
4000 Empire Dr. Bakersfield (off Truxtun Ave.)

Steve Shaw, Master Falconer, will join us at Yokuts Park 6:00PM. We enjoyed an outstanding and educational visit with him at our Nov. 7 meeting. If conditions are right Steve will actually fly his falcon.

Cost of our tri-tip and/or chicken meal with all the extras plus dessert and drink is only $15.

Steve Shaw


Past Programs



Tues. May 1st, 2018 -- 7PM
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
1300 17th St. Bakersfield (17th and L St.)

Harry Love, long time KAS member and conservation chair, will be giving a program on his April-May 2017 birding and camping trip to east Texas, ending up along the Gulf Coast. Along with his wife Kathy and good friends Connie and Claus, he traveled through the Hill Country, San Antonio, ending up at High Island, Texas. This is where ‘The Fall’ takes place, when birds land after migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. Good birding Texas state parks will also be noted. Besides the birding along the way, he will also show the sights of Bandera (“Cowboy Capital”), Luckenbach (of county music fame), and the best barbeque place in Texas. Highlights of the trip through Tucson, New Mexico, and west Texas will also be included.

Harry and Kathy Love



Tues. Apr. 24th, 2018 -- 7PM
Golden Hills Elementary School Cafeteria
20215 Park Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561

John Schmitt is a internationally known naturalist, widely published bird artist and renowned bird feather specialist. He has agreed to give us his presentation on Feathers—their intricate structure and artistic beauty. He'll explain how their construction benefits the birds that use them. He has a spectacular collection of feathers from all over the world which he's willing to enthusiastically share with all of us. So please join us for this memorable evening.

John Schmitt



Tues. Apr. 3rd, 2018 -- 7PM
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
1300 17th St. Bakersfield (17th and L St.)

Brent Paull, an accomplished nature photographer, will be speaking about his many experiences:

“The unique variety of wildlife and birds makes photography from the northern Rocky Mountains, south to desert Southwest, and west to the California Coast – a wildlife photographer’s dream. I’ve spent 35 years shooting in the American West, both as a nature/wildlife photographer and as a photo safari guide. This show will highlight some of the species and tactics I’ve used, as well as amazing locations where I’ve found them. While I do cover many tactics in depth, it’s learning about my subjects that has led to my photography success over my years in the field shooting.”

Brent Paull



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. 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



Tues. Jan. 9, 2018 -- 7PM
Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)


For 112 years the Audubon Society has led the way on bird protection and environmental issues. Come Tuesday, January 9, to learn about our founding, purpose, and successes, such as the twice-yearly Science Camp. You'll learn about ways birds have influenced our culture in sports, phrases, and humor. Each member is an ambassador for Audubon Society, so come find out more about this premier organization.

Plus... Harry Love, Kevin Fahey, and Susan Castle spark enthusiasm for our environment as they demonstrate to youngsters and adults that birds matter through our Science Camp. This meeting will show us the extent of Kern Audubon's community outreach and the tremendous volunteerism present in Kern Audubon. You will see first hand the variety of hands-on materials and experience some of the motivational techniques our team of volunteers use to develop students and adults who truly know how to care for our planet. Participation in our projects is action-based and offers a concrete way to make a difference! It's guaranteed you will have fun, especially as we see Susan Castle's Ambassador Puppets! Start 2018 with Kern Audubon on Tuesday Jan. 9th, 7:00pm.




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. SEPT 5, 2017
Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)

Gillian Anteau & Jana Borba, Preserve Naturalists

Join us for an engaging look at the largest privately owned preserve on the West Coast, Wind Wolves Preserve, a property of The Wildlands Conservancy, which acquired it in the mid-1990’s. At 97,000 acres, Wind Wolves is a critical landscape linkage and wildlife corridor between the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada. Due to this singular geographic location and an elevation range from 640 to 6,000 feet, the preserve has an impressive array of landforms and habitats, from wildflowers to reintroduced Tule elk. The grasslands are home to the endangered San Joaquin kit fox and blunt-nosed lizard and one of the largest stands of endangered Bakersfield cactus. Birds and raptors abound.

Gillian Anteau grew up in Tehachapi exploGring and playing in the outdoors. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Biological Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara. In October 2014, she became an intern at Wind Wolves Preserve then a Naturalist in September 2015. She enjoys teaching about plants and animals and having the opportunity to inspire the youth to love and respect nature in the beautiful landscape provided by Wind Wolves Preserve.

Jana Borba is the Wind Wolves Preserve Outdoor Education Naturalist but is affectionally known as “Jana Banana”. She’s been a naturalist at Wind Wolves for 5 years, but before that worked in the agricultural science industry. She feels her degree from Fresno State in Biology with an emphasis in Botany, helped her find a home at Wind Wolves where she feels she uses her biology degree for what it was intended.

For more information about Wind Wolves Preserve, visit the website:

A follow-up field trip is planned for Sunday Sept 10th (see below).


Rod Lee's Editorial comment about our reactions to bats :

This is one of the guys who has given our fabulous bats a bad name. Find out how our wonderful furry bats are helpfully essential and important to Kern County.


Tues. MAY 2, 2017
Kern Supt of Schools, 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)


Erika Noel, Staff Biologist,
McCormick Biological

Erika (on the right) releasing a Pallid Bat

After 13 years as a state licensed paramedic in emergency services here in Kern County, Erika Noel discovered her true passion was biology. She went back to school, receiving her BS in biology from Cal State Bakersfield and began work with McCormick Biological as a consultant for endangered species mitigation/monitoring. She is an approved biologist with Calif Dept of Fish & Wildlife related to San Joaquin Kit Fox and Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard studies. She also has certification as a rattlesnake handler!

Erika's special interest in BATS began in 2014 when she attended a workshop with Bats of the Southwest in Zzyzx, Ca. Since then she has collected data on California Leaf nosed bats and participated in the state-wide Townsends Big-eared bat survey when 3 new Big-eared bat roosts were located on Tejon Ranch Conservancy lands. For the past 2 years she has been a volunteer in the wildlife rehabilitation unit at CALM, which has included a bat rehabilitation course at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford, Texas.

Erika's presentation will focus on bat ecology, conservation and the bat rehabilitation program at CALM, Kern Superintendent of School's California Living Museum on Alfred Harrell Hiway.

For older programs, see the newsletters page.