2017 Christmas Bird Count

The China Lake Christmas Bird Count, compiled by Peter Woodman, will be as usual the first Sunday of the count period. The date is Sunday, December 17. Gather at the County Park, and bring a lunch. We meet at noon to reconnoiter and plan the afternoon. To sign up, contact Peter at (760) 861-3961, or email him at kivabio@aol.com

A complete list of California Counts, their dates and contacts may be found on Alison Sheehey’s website, at http://natureali.org/cbcs.htm .

Ali has also been hard at work updating the Kern County checklist of bird species to reflect changes in American Ornithologlsts’ Union taxa, and to include newly extant species, including Barred Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Scaly-breasted Munia. That list may be found at http://natureali.org/kernbirdchecklist.htm .

Wildrose Canyon and Warm Sulfur Springs Field Trip

Wildrose Canyon road is open, and several springs are running! A trip up there a couple of weeks ago found several species of migrants, including Kinglets and Pipits. The continuing warm weather should make for a pleasant outing on Saturday, November 18.

Meet at the Richmond Road park-and-ride at 8am to form car pools. The road is paved but pot-holed, so high clearance vehicles are advisable. Bring a picnic lunch. A lovely picnic area (with a restroom) is available at the campground. We’ll lunch there, then check out the springs along Indian Ranch Road on the way down. Call Bob Parker at 760-446-2001 to sign up or for more information.

November Public Program: Defenders of Wildlife California Desert Conservation Programs By Tom Egan

The Kerncrest Audubon Society’s guest speaker for November’s general meeting will be Tom Egan, the California Desert Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. Mr. Egan has previously worked as a consulting ecologist for an environmental consulting firm in southern California. He has also worked as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service; and as a biological/veterinary technician with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He has worked with owls, eagles, falcons, dippers, vireos and almost everything in between. He specializes in work associated with threatened & endangered species, biological survey, environmental impact analysis, project permitting, and habitat restoration.

Tom will talk about his current work on Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) planning to identify key conservation opportunities and habitat enhancement actions within southern California deserts in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.  The RCIS program may be considered for Kern County and California City.  Tom will also review Defenders of Wildlife efforts to advocate for our native wildlife and defense of our National Monuments.

The Kerncrest Audubon Society welcomes everyone, join us at the Maturango Museum at 7pm on November 16th.

Save The Date: 2018 Olympic Birdfest

We have a flyer and some information for the 2018 Olympic Birdfest. Enjoy!

Olympic Birdfest, April 13-15, 2018. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction, raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: Claudio Vidal will talk about Patagonia & Chile: Birds & Mammals at the End of the Americas. Join our festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 10-12, 2018 or extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 16-17, 2018: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. To learn more and register, visit www.olympicbirdfest.org.