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.

Current/Upcoming Program



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

Past Programs



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.



Tues. APRIL 4, 2017
Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St, Bakersfield
(Street parking or in lot at 18th & K)

"The Desert Tortoise & Its Challenges"
Jillian Estrada, Manager of the Desert Tortoise Natural Area, Kern County

Jillian Estrada is the preserve manager of the Desert Tortoise Natural Area, located in Kern County east of California City, and conservation coordinator for the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology and Animal Behavior from Michigan State University as well as a Master's of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan. She has worked on research projects spanning the continent of Africa and North America. Her presentation will focus on "Protecting and managing the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area in an era of growing threats". She will give an update on recent events at the DTRNA and will discuss actions being taken to combat the growing number of threats to the desert tortoise and other species. Of particular concern for birders is the threat to the endangered Desert Tortoise posed by the Common Raven. (A field trip to the DTNA is planned for Sat. April 8th -- see below for details.)



Tues. JANUARY10*, 2017
(*note the date change!)

Kern Supt of Schools 1300 17th St (17th & L Sts.)
Street parking or lot at 18th & K

“Bakersfield to Bakersfield -

A Journey Across America”

Felix Adamo, Photojournalist


Felix Adamo has worked 37 years as a news photographer for The Bakersfield Californian and is currently the chief photographer. Adamo started in photography shooting for Cycle News, a national newspaper covering the world of motorcycle racing. Adamo was also one of the founding members in 1989 of the Artists Guild at Cunningham Art Gallery, now the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Adamo also does commercial photography through his business, Adamo Pictures.

Adamo has recently published a 124 page book, Bakersfield to Bakersfield, documenting his 2012 motorcycle trip

across America visiting other towns sharing the Bakersfield name. Felix will be sharing his adventure and photos with us and will have copies of his book for those who might like to purchase a copy, which we’re sure he would autograph!

Expanding his work beyond photojournalism and commercial work, Adamo also participates in the local art scene. Bakersfield to Bakersfield was his third solo exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. He also produces the popular Bakersfield Twang notecard series which has been in production for 18 years.

Adamo has been published in Life, Time, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and many other publications throughout the United States and the world via the Associated Press and Zuma Press. As a photojournalist for the Bakersfield Californian, Adamo provides daily photographs to accompany the stories that appear in the paper, including news, features and sports. In journalism “we never re-create images or ‘set up’ photographs. We shoot events as they happen. The only exception is for portraits and illustrations. What I like about photojournalism is the variety of subjects we get to shoot. One day might include a court assignment in the morning with a feature on a restaurant in the afternoon and the next day I may have a high school playoff football game. It’s these type of assignments that keep the job interesting.”



Kern Audubon

TUES. NOVEMBER 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Kern Supt of Schools City Center

1300 17th St. (17th & L) Parking lot at 18th & K



Gary Lindquist, D.V.M.

Due to urban sprawl and the large expanses of corporate farming monoculture, the natural habitat of the central valley is quickly disappearing. Wildlife suffers from loss of migratory corridors, shelter, food supply and even fresh water. In a powerpoint presentation entitled "Behind the Feathers--Attracting Birds to Your Backyard", Gary Lindquist will offer tips on how to attract birds. The presentation will cover water, shelter and the type of foods and feeders needed to support birds in an urban environment. He'll also talk about the risks and dangers of being a bird in the modern world.

Gary Lindquist is a retired small-animal veterinarian and Visalia resident where he has been active for many years with Tulare Audubon. Currently he serves as co-leader for the chapter's bi-monthly field trips. He is a well known valley photographer. His photo(above) of the Common Cuckoo found in Watsonville, California was a cover photo for Western Ornithology magazine. Gary grew up in Arkansas, attended the University of Arkansas and received his Docotorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri. He started birding as a child on the farm when he discovered Roger Tory Perterson’s Field Guide to Eastern Birds. He feels there is much more to birding than just identifying the bird and putting it on a list. “In my photos I strive to capture a behavior or trait that makes that bird special.


N. John Schmitt

Kern Audubon
 TUES. SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kern Supt of Schools City Center
1300 17th St. (17th & L) Parking lot at 18th & K

  "Vultures: Ancient &
With Us Still"

N. John Schmitt, Naturalist & Artist


Turkey Vultures on Fence Posts

        With the annual Turkey Vulture migration in full swing and Halloween around the corner, this is a timely presentation about this ancient bird common to Kern County. John Schmitt will discuss the biology (including discussion of the Cathartid vulture's extraordinary sense of smell enabling them to locate even the smallest carrion in the densest forest) and appearance of the Turkey Vulture as well as all New World vultures, including the Pleistocene era vulture which was probably the world's largest flying bird to ever live.  In keeping with a Halloween theme, John will discuss a unique human relationship in Asia known as the "sky burial". His presentation will feature many photos, including images of what vultures have evolved to do...and which may be unpleasant to some viewers!

N. John Schmitt is a native Californian now living in the Kern River Valley. He's had a lifelong interest in birds which led him to become a feather expert, renowned bird illustrator and self-taught taxidermist.  He's traveled world-wide and has lead many birding tours in Latin America, Asia and Europe.   His taxidermy works have been exhibited in museums in Santa Barbara, Oakland, Morro Bay and San Francisco's California Academy of Science.  His bird illustrations are found in many different publications, including several editions of the National Geographic's Birds of North America field guide and a new Guide to Raptors of Mexico and Central America, soon to be published. He's currently painting hummingbirds--the most difficult subject he's had to illustrate--for a new Handbook to the Birds of South America.




Kern Audubon
 TUES. SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kern Supt of Schools City Center
1300 17th St. (17th & L) Parking lot at 18th & K

 "SALTON SEA: A Looming Crisis for Birds, the Environment and People"
Michael Lynes, Director of Public Policy
Audubon California



     The Salton Sea has been shrinking rapidly since 2003, when a water transfer agreement began to send portions of Imperial Valley's water to urban areas. As the sea continues to shrink, it will expose up to 100 square miles of lakebed, resulting in massive air pollution in a region that already has some of the worst air pollution and public health rates in the state. Moreover, birds will lose tens of thousands of acres of shoreline and deep water habitat. If a long-range management plan for a smaller, sustainable sea is not created and funded by the State of California, the sea will become so salty and polluted that it will be inhospitable to fish, invertebrates, and birds.
       Michael Lynes is the Director of Public Policy for Audubon California and is one of the leads for Audubo's work at the Salton Sea. Prior to joining Audubon California in 2014, Mike was the Conservation Director and then Executive Director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he focused on regional planning and improving conditions for Bay Area birds. Before then, Mike worked as an attorney representing nonprofit groups in environmental protection lawsuits. Mike started his career as a biologist with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue Conservation Science), where he focused on birds in riparian, wetland, and oak woodland habitats. Mike lives in Davis, California with his wife and two sons, who are currently more interested in catching Pokemon than watching birds.!



Sat. July 16, 6:15am - Kern River Preserve & environs

Alison Sheehey will lead this annual summer field trip to see the summer migrants at Audubon's KRPreserve: Summer Tanager ("Flying Neon Tomato"), Willow Flycatcher and (hopefully) the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, among many others. An early morning start is important to beat the heat! Bring water, snacks, a lunch, binocs, hat, sunscreen. Meet at Albertson's parking lot on Mt Vernon & Hiway 178 near the donut shop. Call Madi (549-2391) for information. (For those who want to continue birding with Ali, she plans to go into the Greenhorn Mtns. to look for woodpeckers.)



Kern Audubon

TUES. May 3rd, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
City Center (17th & L Sts.)

parking lot at 18th & K

"Missing Link: A Race to
Protect a Crucial Wildlife Corridor "

Zack Principe, Nature Conservancy Scientist

Zachary Principe is a Stewardship Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy trained as a plant ecologist. Over his 18 years working for the Conservancy he has focused on land management, conservation planning, and land protection in southern California. Over the last decade he has been part of the Conservancy's team to plan and implement conservation actions in the greater Tehachapi and southern Sierra Nevada Mountains


Kern Audubon

TUES. APRIL 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Kern Supt of Schools City Center

1300 17th St. (17th & L) Parking lot at 18th & K

"Colombia Birding Adventure"

Auduboner's on the Northern Colombia

Birding Trail: Ginny, Larry, Madi & Rod

Colombia, South America, is the birdiest country on the planet with over 1900 species of birds in a country diverse in geography and culture. Kern Audubon members Ginny Dallas, Larry Emlet, Madi Elsea and Rod Lee ventured to Colombia last July for two weeks of birding with one of Colombia's leading bird guides, Chris Calonje of Colombia Birdwatch. From the eastern Andes at 10,000ft to the hot dry scrub along the Caribbean Ocean, these four birders saw and photographed spectacular birds in their beautiful well as a few monkeys! From the endemic Santa Marta Parakeets to over 30 varieties of hummingbird species, from the Vermillion Cardinal to the Crimson-crested Woodpecker, come and enjoy their pictures, hear about traveling in this dynamic country, and learn about the work of Audubon International in developing the Northern Colombia Birding Trail.


Kern Audubon

TUES. March 1, , 2016 - 7:00pm
Kern Supt of Schools City Center
1300 L Sts. (17th & L)
Parking lot at 18th & K

"The Surprising Benefits of
Beetles and Wildfires"
Christy Sherr, John Muir Project Biologist

"California Spotted Owl and Mixed
Intesnsity Fire"
Monica Bond, John Muir Project Biologist

Christy Sherr


Mixed intensity fires and native beetles create some of the most productive and critical habitats for California birds and wildlife, comparable or better than even "old growth" forest. Large, dense patches of standing dead trees are preferred by a host of plants, insects, mammals, and birds such as Black-backed Woodpeckers. Surprisingly, that includes even many of our most threatened and endangered species such as Spotted Owls and Pacific Fishers. Come find out more about why so many wildlife species benefit from conditions created by beetles and fire.

Presenter Christy Sherr is a retired National and State Park Ranger, currently working as a field biologist and Education Coordinator for the John Muir Project of the Earth Island Institute. She is a past president of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Chapter, and watched her ten year old daughter became a birder in a burned forest! An added bonus to Christy's presentation will be a brief slideshow by her colleague Monica Bond on Monica's research with the California Spotted Owl and it's relationship to mixed intensity fires. Monica has spent years in research and is considered an expert on this threatened species.



Kern Audubon

TUES. FEBRUARY 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kern Supt of Schools City Center
1300 L Sts. (17th & L)
Parking lot at 18th & K

“Bird Friendly, Drought Tolerant Landscaping”
Dr. John Karlik, Advisor

Environmental Horticulture/Environmental Sciences
Cooperative Extension Kern County

John Karlik is Extension Advisor for the University of California Extension program in Kern County, specializing in environmental horticulture and environmental science. His presentation will focus on practical suggestions for gardeners, especially related to creating a drought tolerant landscape. We will learn hands-on methods to conserve water, how to select decorative bird-friendly plants, and how to identify and eliminate water guzzling garden practices. Dr. Karlik is well-known in Kern County for teaching the popular Master Gardener certificate program through Kern County's UC Cooperative Extension program.



Kern Audubon --7:00pm

Kern Supt of Schools City Center
1300 L Sts. (17th & L)
Parking lot at 18th & K

Geoff Grisdale, Wildlife Biologist

Geoff Grisdale is the wildlife biologist at Kern & Pixley National Wildlife Refuges and the consulting biologist with the Tulare Basin Wildlife Management Area. Geoff will give a current status update on Kern and Pixley refuges. With only 65% water allocation for the refuges, he will discuss how the drought has affected the wetlands and bird use on the refuges and throughout the southern San Joaquin Valley.

Geoff grew up in Michigan, attended Michigan State University and has been in southern California since 2007. With over 9 years experience as a biologist, six of them with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Hopper Mountain NWR, he has done everything from trapping and tracking black bears in southeast Kentucky, to monitoring nesting raptors in the Mojave Desert to rappelling into California condor nests to tag wild condor chicks. In addition to managing the biological programs at Kern & Pixley, he is responsible for conducting aerial surveys of all the wetlands in the southern San Joaquin Valley from Corcoran to Bakersfield.


Kern Audubon
Tues. October 6, 2015 7:00pm
City Center (17th & L Sts.)
(parking lot @18th & K Sts.)


Presented by Nature Ali
(Alison Sheehey)

Pronghorn on the Carrizo Plain

Photo by Ali Sheehey

From valleys, to mountains, to desert... Kern County and its neighboring counties are full of the wonders of nature. This program will be a quick overview of where and when to find magnificent birds, wildflowers, geological wonders, and some of the oldest plants in North America. Come and plan to have a "virtual" tour with Nature Ali and her great photography and then head out to the field. Fall migration is winding down but our winter resident birds are just arriving. Find out where and when to see to participate in Christmas Bird Counts and just what they are. Want to know where big trees are and where to find snow? How about the best places for spring migration and fields of wildflowers? Where are the parks and protected spaces? Learn all this and more on October 6, 2015 with Nature Ali!! 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 her arrival here in 1980.


Kern Audubon

Tues. September 1, 2015

7:00pm - City Center (17th & L Sts.)

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)

"The Owens Lake Story:
Saving the Lake & Saving the Birds"

Presentor: Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon California

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon California, will kick-off Kern Audubon's program year with a presentation about Owens Lake and Audubon's role in creating a long-term conservation vision for this eastern Sierra lake. The lake has been returning to life since Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began rewatering the playa to control dust in 2004.   Owens Lake is listed as a Globally Important Bird Area that attracts hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds, breeding shorebirds, waterfowl, and meadow birds.  Audubon California, in partnership with Eastern Sierra Audubon, began a process in 2008 to ensure that the lake would remain a refuge for birds into the future.  Andrea will describe the conservation process, it's successes and challenges, and describe the spectacle of bird migration that occurs at Owens Lake and along the eastern Sierra and its part in the Pacific Flyway. 


Flammulated Owl

Kern Audubon

Tues. May 5, 2015

7:00pm - City Center (17th & L Sts.)

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)

"Flammulated Owls & More"

Jenna Stanek, Biologist


The Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus) is a small, nocturnal, neotropical migrant that volcalizes quietly and is seldom seen. They arrive late (April - mid-May) to their breeding grounds in the western US, including the Sequoia National Forest, from wintering grounds in Mexico & Central America. The Southern Sierra Research Station conducted surveys for Flammulated Owls in the southern Sierras during 2011-2012 breeding seasons. Jenna Stanek, wildlife biologist with the Southern Sierra Research Station has built and hung Flammulated Owl boxes and is in charge of checking the nest boxes with volunteer efforts to check for occupants. Jenna has a BA in Environmental policy and Spanish at Albright College, a BS from Western State Colorado University and a Master's in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology from Clemson University.



Kern Audubon

Tues. April 7, 2015

7:00pm-City Center (17th & L Sts.)

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)


"Tricolored Blackbirds:  Saving an Iconic California Species"

 Samantha Arthur, Audubon California

In 2014, 145,000 Tricolored Blackbirds were counted in the Central Valley, down from 2-3 million in the 1930's. Because of its sharp decline in recent years, Tricoloreds were recently emergency listed as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act and have been petitioned for listing with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Samantha Arthur, Conservation Project Manager for Audubon California, will present a program on Audubon multi-pronged approach to saving this endemic California species, including working with dairy farmers to delay harvesting their agricultural fields, which have become prime nesting habitat for Tricoloreds due to the 95% loss of wetlands. Audubon's commitment to this project is another example of how much "birds matter"!

Samantha Arthur focuses on improving wetlands management for the benefit of bird species in the Central Valley of California through her work for Audubon California, especially as manager of Audubon's campaign to save the Tricolored Blackbird. She has a Masters of Enviromental Science & Management from UC Santa Barbara and an extensive background in conservation. Prior to Audubon Samantha worked with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and was a Land Protection Specialist for the Big Sur Land Trust.


Kern Audubon

Tues. March 3, 2015

7:00pm - City Center (17th & L Sts.)

( parking lot @18th & K Sts.)


"California's Southernmost Pronghorn

Population -- An Upclose Perspective"

Bill Lydecker, Presenter

The American mammal most people in the United States call an antelope is arguably the most distinctly American mammal in all of North America. Unlike antelope which evolved in the old world and are native to Eurasia and Africa, pronghorn are the only remaining species of a type of hoofed animal that evolved in North America.

Pronghorn ( Antilocarpa americana) were present in historic times in the Antelope Valley but were extirpated in the early part of the last century. In 1985 and 1987, a total of 91 pronghorn were reintroduced from Modoc County to Tejon Ranch. This population has decreased over time, with recent population estimates ranging from the low twenties to high thirties.

Since November 2013, Bill Lydecker, member of Kern Audubon, has been working as a volunteer with others at Tejon Ranch Conservancy surveying the pronghorn herd at Tejon Ranch in the Antelope Valley. He will show photographs taken over the last year that demonstrate how pronghorn behave through the year, how different animals can be identified as individuals, and how physical characteristics and behaviors make pronghorn unique.

Join Kern Audubon on March 3rd for a fascinating look at this iconic American species!


Kern Audubon

Tues. February 3, 2015

7:00pm - City Center

17th & L Sts. (parking lot 18th & K Sts.0

"Wild Wonders of Kern"

Vicky Monroe, Wildlife Biologist

CDFW Environmental Scientist Victoria Monroe releases a rejuvinated black bear cub

Wildlife biologist Vicky Monroe will talk about urban wildlife, wildlife management issues, threatened & endangered bird species, problems of predation on birds, including feral cat impacts, and more. Vicky is with the California Dept of Fish & Wildlife, Central Region. She has a BS from Colorado State University and Masters from James Cook University in Australia, where she conducted field research on the behavioral ecology of flying foxes.


Victoria Monroe,Kern District CA CDFW





University Square (Reider Center)

20th & K Sts

(Please note the location & time change for this meeting!!)

Featuring...the Bakersfield High Carolers

The BHS Carolers are an auditioned group of juniors and seniors who meet weekly to rehearse Christmas carols plus performing close to 20 concerts during December. They are directed by Judy Foth, a senior. This accapella ensemble will sing a program for Kern Audubon featuring twenty traditional Christmas carols, including such favorites as 'Silent Night', 'The First Noel', 'Jolly Old St. Nicolas' and'Feliz Navidad'.

Bring a POTLUCK ITEM to share:

main dish (for 8-10 people), salad or side dish, dessert

(Drinks & table service provided)


Live & Silent AUCTION

This is one of our fun & important fund-raisers for the year! Heather Ellison, Auction Coordinator (319-4721) reports that a handmade QUILT, HONEY & RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS are among the items to be auctioned! More is certainly needed, so please contact Heather with a brief description of what you plan to bring. Perhaps you have artwork or homemade jams, etc. to donate--call or email with your contribution!

One more thing: If you have bird photos or pictures from field trips or activities, bring

to the potluck on Dec. 2nd! Deb See will have a picture board for posting pics!



On Saturday,October 25, 2014 the Tehachapi Heritage League will partner with the Kern Audubon Society to present "Hummingbirds: Dazzling Bundles of Energy!" Dr. H. Ross Hawkins, founder and executive director of the Hummingbird Society based in Sedona, Arizona, will start with the basics in "Hummingbirds 101" and continue with an exploration of the rich beauty of some of the 338 known hummer species.

Since this event will be held at the Tehachapi Depot, 101 W. Tehachapi Blvd seating is limited (only 80 people)

The presentation: doors open at 5:30 pm, program begins at 6 pm.

Reservations may be made at the Tehachapi Museum, 822-8152, 310 S. Green Street, Tehachapi. Tickets are $15.00. Reservations are confirmed upon payment. Make check out to the Tehachapi Heritage League.

All photographs from the Hummingbird Society web site. Office located in Sedona, AZ (


Kern Audubon's FALL KICK-OFF
Tuesday SEPT 2, 2014 - 7:00PM City Center 17th and L Streets
(Kern Superintendent of Schools)
Parking garage 18th & K Sts. or street parking


Mike Sutton, Vice-President, National Audubon Society

The Pacific Flyway is an aerial superhighway stretching nearly 10,000 miles from Alaska to South America. It encompasses fewer US states and more Globally Important Bird Areas than any of the other three flyways in North America. Each year at least a billion birds of some 350 species travel the Flyway during their annual migrations, north in the spring to nesting grounds and south in the fall to their winter homes. This, however, represents only a fraction of the birds that used the Pacific Flyway a century ago. Some species, such as the Black-footed Albatross and Least Tern, are in serious trouble. Even many common birds such as the Western Sandpiper, have become far less abundant. There are many threats to the birds of the Flyway, from habitat loss, water diversion for agriculture and development, diminishing food resources, and climate change. California’s exceptional drought is only making matters worse.

Audubon has been at the forefront of safeguarding birds and their ecosystems throughout its nearly 110 year history. Join National Audubon Vice President Michael Sutton for an evening to celebrate recent victories on behalf of birds and discuss the challenges and opportunities still ahead along the Pacific Flyway—aerial superhighway for the birds!

Mike Sutton has an extensive background in conservation. Prior to coming to Audubon, he was Vice-president of the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he founded the Center for the Future of the Oceans, the Aquarium’s conservation advocacy arm. Before that Mike established and led ocean conservation programs at the David & Lucille Packard Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund where he founded the Marine Stewardship Council based in London. Mike lives in the Carmel Valley and is a great birder!




Kern Audubon's first meeting following the summer break will be

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 -- 7:00 pm

Supt. of Schools building, 17th and L Streets

Below are some pictures of our last meeting, the annual barbeque at Jastro Park: officers were elected, fabulous food was consumed, and CALM provided info about their feathered friends. (Pictures courtesy of Roger Coley)

Kern Audubon Society
Tehachapi Chapter

Our local bird club is having their next meeting:

Tuesday Evening, April 29th

At 7:00 p.m. in

Golden Hills Elementary School Cafeteria
20215 Park Road

“ Spring is in the Air ”
Mary Dufrain


Our local birds are in breeding colors, singing their little hearts out trying to find the perfect partner who will help build their nests and raise their young. During this time birds consume and feed to their off-spring large quantities of crawling bugs and flying insects. One bird house installed in a garden will help control unwanted damaging pests greatly lessening a gardener's dependence on insecticides, saving money and crops. Nature's Organic Pest Control.

Come see the many different birds that can be attracted to your garden by placing the correct box in the correct spot.


Refreshments and a fundraising raffle are an added bonus.


The Kookabura, national bird of Australia

Kern Audubon Society
Tuesday April 8, 2014 - 7:00pm Please note the change in date, we are meeting the second Tuesday April 8th
Kern Supt of Schools,17th & L Sts.

"Birding Australia"

Presented by

John Eigenauer

Kookabura sits on an old gum tree
merry, merry king of the bush is he
laugh Kookabura, laugh Kookabura, gay your life must be!

Thus goes the old folk song about the national bird of Australia and one of the birds John Eigenauer will talk about in his coming presentation on birding in Australia. John will show pictures of his adventure and will cover the major families of birds found in Australia as well as discuss prominent birding areas one might consider when birding in Australia . John Eigenauer is a Professor of Philosophy at Taft College. He has been an avid birder for 6 years and in that time has birded extensively around the world. He especially likes tropical birding and has birded in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as well as Australia, Canada, and Europe. John previously presented an excellent program on birding in Panama to Kern Audubon, which included tips on travel, which he will talk about in his Australia program as well. John and his wife, Cece, are members of Kern Audubon and John serves on the Field Trip Committee.


by Bill Lydecker

Kern Audubon Society

Tuesday February 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Kern Supt of Schools, 17th & L Sts.

" Svalbard Adventure:

Arctic Summer & Wildlife"

Presented by Bill & Greta Lydecker

Imagine a place where you are surrounded by blues and grays, browns and greens and white and the sun is never overhead but never sets. You see ice and snow, water and sky, mountains, arctic wildlife and plants. Spitzbergen - pointed peaks - was officially discovered in 1596 by the Dutch explorer, Willem Barents. In the 20th Century, Norway renamed the island group Svalbard - cold coast - after a reference in a 1194 Viking saga. The Svalbard archipelago is located about midway between Norway and the north pole. Many Arctic explorers launched their quests to try to reach the North Pole from Svalbard . Walrus and seals, polar bear, reindeer, thousands of nesting birds, glaciers and ice, the short arctic summer and fragile arctic ecosystem are all topics to be explored in this February 4th program.

Come and share the experience of Bill & Greta Lydecker, Kern Audubon members, through their images of the arctic taken last summer during a ten day Svalbard expedition cruise!



Kern Audubon Society --- Tehachapi Chapter

Our local bird club is having their next meeting:

Tuesday Evening, Jan. 28, 2014

At 7:00 p.m.

Golden Hills Elementary School Cafeteria

20215 Park Road

Guest Speaker: Ali Sheehey

Ali Sheehey, is an avid naturalist and anthropologist living in Kern County for the past twenty years. Currently Ali is the Programs Director for Sequoia ForestKeeper, a non-profit organization that protects the Giant Sequoias. Expect to leave her presentation on the Natural History of Kern County , with a deep appreciation for why this area of Central California is so special.

Please join us for an evening of sharing bird sightings and telling related stories.

Refreshments and a fundraising raffle are an added bonus.

Any items you would like to re-gift at our raffle???

Bring them to the meeting!


Cuckoo by Gary Lindquist

Kern Audubon Society

Tuesday January 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Kern Supt of Schools, 17th & L Sts.



Gary Lindquist, DVM, Photographer

Due to urban sprawl and the large expanses of corporate farming monoculture, the natural habitat of the central valley is quickly disappearing. Wildlife suffers from loss of migratory corridors, shelter, food supply and even fresh water. In a powerpoint presentation entitled "Behind the Feathers", Gary Lindquist will offer tips on attracting birds to your yard. The presentation will cover water, shelter and the type of foods and feeders needed to support birds in an urban environment. He'll also talk about the risks and dangers of being a bird in the modern world.


Gary Lindquist is a retired small-animal veterinarian and Visalia resident where he has been active for many years with Tulare Audubon. Currently he serves as co-leader for the chapter's bi-monthly field trips. He is a well known valley photographer who has been taking pictures since the slide film era. His photo (above) of the Common Cuckoo found in Watsonville, California was the recent cover photo for Western Ornithology Magazine. He feels there is much more to birding than just identifying the bird and putting it ona list. "In my photos I strive to capture a behavior or trait that makes that bird special. I love trivia about birds." Start 2014 with a fascinating look at birds....join us!!

Cassin's Kingbird


Greg Iger, photo by Casey Christie


Tues. DEC 3, 2013 - 6:30PM

Kern Supt of Schools, 17th & L Sts.

Kern Audubon is planning an evening of holiday fun,

good food, fund-raising and a special program....join us!!

Greg Iger, Photographer
" Scenes of Kern County"
He has photographed some of the military's top brass, Hollywood's old guard, politicians,presidential hopefuls, and countless anxious brides and grooms, but after nearly a half century behind the lens, it is still Kern County's splendid landscapes that move Greg Iger, the man widely and affectionately considered Kern County's unofficial photographer. Today his photographs line the walls of area hospitals, corporate headquarters and office buildings across town. Greg Iger will be our December guest speaker along with a photographic presentation of some of his iconic photos of Kern County.

Bring a POTLUCK ITEM to share:
main dish (serving 8-10), salad or dessert

Table service & drinks provided

There will also be an AUCTION, both live & silent!
Heather Ellison is the auction coordinator this year and these are just someof the items that will be up for auction....
Sequoia Sandwich shop gift certificate
CALM Membeship certificate
Bakersfield Symphony tickets
Abundant Harvest food box
Urrichios gift certificate
Bird seed, Joe Bugni's honey
and much more.....

If you have Items you'd like to donate to the auction, please email (
a brief description and a suggested starting bid so that bidding sheets can be prepared in advance or give Heather a call: 319-4721

Bird or birding-related items are welcome as are other gift items, such as artwork, wreaths, homemade jams, quilts, etc. If you will be unable to attend but have an item you'd like to donate, call Heather

Bring cash or checkbook as we don't do credit cards!

3 brothers, Yosemite, by Greg Iger


Kern Audubon -- Tues. Nov. 5, 2013

Kern Supt of Schools - 17th L Sts.
( Parking garage 18th & K Sts.)

“Renewing a River: Audubon and the
Restoration of the San Joaquin River”

Meghan Hertel, Audubon California's Associate Director of Public Policy

Rivers hold a special place in our hearts and minds, evoking memories of waterways, sustaining an abundance of wildlife, and providing the life blood of farms, communities and cities. However, many of our California rivers have been seriously impacted by water diversions, channelization, and pollution—with the San Joaquin River being one of the most compelling examples. The San Joaquin River is the second largest river in California, yet since the early 1950s its channel was dry for 60 miles. Over the decades, it lost a diverse mosaic of wetland and riverside natural areas that supported an abundance of wildlife – migratory birds and salmon in the hundreds of thousands—replaced by what has been called the most altered landscape on Earth. But in 2006, the future of the San Joaquin River changed when it became part of one of the largest river and salmon restorations in the country.

The goal of this restoration is to return the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam to life, establishing sustainable balance among its many uses by both humans and wildlife. Since 1988 Audubon has been a part of this effort to save the river. Meghan Hertle's presentation will take viewers on a photographic journey that highlights the river's history, its importance to birds, wildlife and humans, and efforts to save this river. Meghan received her BA from the University of Florida and her MA from Clark University. She has been San Joaquin River Project Manager at Audubon California, Conservation Program Administrator at Resources Legacy Fund , 2009 Water Leader at Water Education Foundation and was honored as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow

                         Test flow into current SJ riverbed. Photo by M.Weber                                              Possible future outcome for SJ river

Past Speakers

Joseph Brandt, CA Condor Recovery Project Leader, "Recovery of the Condor", 9/13/13 -- Bob Steele,Photographer, "Birds of Southeast Asia", 10/01/13
Doug Dodd, Associate Professor of History, CSUB, "National Monuments:  The Antiquities Act and the Preservation of America's Heritage", 5/7/2013
Chris Calonje, Birdwatch Tours & Photography,"COLOMBIA: LAND OF BIRDS", 4/2/2013

Keiller Kyle, Audubon CA, "Partnerships Protect California Natives: Dairy Farms and Tricolored Blackbirds"3/5/2014
Alison Sheehey, Speaker "A Bucket List Filled: Experiencing Nature in All 50 States on a Budget", 2/5/12
Jacob Byers is a private lands specialist working with land owners in Kern, Kings and Tulare counties to preserve habitat for the benefit of federal trust
species such as migratory birds (waterfowl and songbirds), "Partners for Fish and Wildlife", 1/8/13
Mary Dufrain, Birds of Tehachapi, Annual Holiday gathering, 12/04/12
Karen Pestana, Tehachapi Bluebird Trail Coordinator, "On the "bluebird recovery trail", 11/6/12
Barnes & Wilson on Birds, Binocs & Birding Hotspots, 9/4/12, ---
"California & the West - A Photographic Journey",Dave Schindler, Photographer & Naturalist 10/2/12
The Annual Audubon Picnic, Marlene Hensley-Barton, FACT's Program Coordinator, FACT bird rehab, Rod Lee on Piano, 6/5/12
Dave Schindler, naturalist & wildlife photographer, "Wind Wolves Preserve...Link in the Chain of Wilderness Conservation", 5/1/12
Bill Moffat, Backyard Birds and Bugs: Familiar "Faces" and Fun Facts, 4/3/12
Reed Tollefson, Preserve Manage
r, "Audubon's Kern River Preserve: Jewel of the Southern Sierra", 3/6/12
Bob Steele, "Midway and its Sea Birds",2/7/12
Dr. Gitte McDonald,"Emperors of the Ice" the Emperor Penguins of Antartica, 1/10/12
Felix Adamo, Chief Photographer Bakersfield Californian,
"Wildlife between Assignments", 12/6/11
Steve Laymon, Atwell Island Project Manager,The Atwell Island Project: Restoring a Portion of the Tulare Basin
John Eigenauer, Professor of Philosophy at Taft College and Adventurer, "Birding in Panama", 10/4/11
Ralph Paonessa, Nature Photographer,"Flying Jewels--Hummingbirds", 9/6/11
End of the Year Gathering, June 7,2011, Jastro Park Barbecue, Dave Ogden, guitar -- Debby Kroeger and Squeak the red-tailed hawk
John Schmitt,Internationally known Bird Artist and Ornithological Illustrator, topic "birds of a feather",5/3/11
Dr. Mike White, Purple Martins on Tejon Ranch and Conservancy update, Tejon Ranch Conservancy Science Director, 4/5/11
Bob Steele,stunning photos of "Birds, wildlife & scenery of the Southern Ocean" , professional bird photographer
Casey Christie,"Capturing Kerns Pictures!", Photojournalist--Bakersfield Californian
Kathy and Harry Love, "A Glimpse of Peru"
Bob Barnes,
"Kern County Birds and Birding "
Audubon Deep Pit Barbecue, FACT and Desert Tortoise Enclosure tours, Rod Lee on Piano
Burleigh Lockwood, Fresno Zoo Director of Education, "What a Hoot!" a hands on consideration of owls and hawks.

Mike Prather, Birder, Conservationist, "Owens Lake hero", "Wind, Solar, Dust, at Owens Lake...add water and stir",
Greg Warrick, Preserves Manager, "Nature Preserves of Kern County"
Tom Maloney, The Tejon Ranch Conservancy, Executive Director
Kelli Levinson, Kern County coordinator for "North American Birds", Birding Ecuador: A Summer's Journey
Jon Hammond, Tehachapi Mountain Birding Club, Journalist for Tehachapi News, Kawaiisu Indian Language teacher
Jordan Wellwood, Conservation Coordinator Audubon CA,"Protecting California's Birds"
David Pereksta, "Between Science and Magic...The Continuing Searchfor the Ivory-billed Woodpecker"
Barbara Reifel and Ginny Dallas, "Wildlife Destination: The Galapagos"
Kern Audubon Deep Pit Barbecue by Western Kitchen, Music by guitarist Dave Ogden
Dr. Robert Meese, UC Davis research associate, Tri-Colored Blackbirds
Reed Tollefson, Audubon CA manager, Kern River Preserve
Dave Clendenon, preserve ecologist, Wind Wolves Preserve
Josh Bradley, wildlife photographer,"Where the Viewfinder Takers Me"
Dr. Ted Murphy, Co-Chair Kern Audubon, "The San Joaquin Kit Fox"
Kevin Malamaa, an environmental consultant and avid nature photographer."Wildlife in Bolivia"

Alison Sheehey, Nature Ali, "The Big Picture in a Small Frame: the Natural History of Kern County"
Peter Bloom, raptor biologist, "California Condor Conservation and the Tejon Ranch."
Graham Chisolm,CA Audubon Dir. of Conservation, chair Tejon Ranch Conservancy
Kern Audubon Barbecue and Potluck at FACT, Richard Noel " the Cordeen man" entertained us.
Birgette McDonald, "Birds and Pinipeds of Cape Sheriff, Antartic"
Scott Frazier, "Birding in Peru"
Bob Steele, "Birds of Tropical Australia"
Rob Hansen, environmental consultant, instructor at College of the Sequoias:
"Sharing a Vision of the Tulare Lake Basin"
"Kern National Wildlife Refuge" -- Jihadda Govan, refuge biologist
Dr. John Wilson, Wintering Birds of Kern County
Karen Pestana, Bluebird Trail Coordinator for the Tehachapi Birding Club
Bill Moffat, Park Ranger and Preserve Manager: Tule Elk Reserve, Allensworth, and Tejon State Historical Parks.
Mojave Desert SP
             Andrea Jones, IBA Program Coordinator Audubon California.
          Don Williams, president, Bakersfield chapter of the Turtle and Tortoise Club.
         John Lindsay, Kern Superintendent of Schools Office.
          Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (ret.)
          Dr. Steve Laymon, Bureau of Land Management.
          Mr. Greg Warrick, Center for Natural Lands Management.
          Dave Hardt, Manager of Kern and Pixley National Wildlife Refuges.
        Reed Tollefson, Manager of the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA.
         Dr. Maynard Moe, Professor of Biology at California State University, Bakersfield

 Glenn Olson, Audubon California Executive Director. ---- Larry Saslaw, Bureau of Land Management.