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 .

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.

September Public Program: Share Your Photos

The Kerncrest Audubon Society invites its members and the public to share your bird and other interesting wildlife photographs at our September general meeting at the Maturango Museum.

We often get inquiries and descriptions of birds that are observed around our desert and mountains. Many of you have taken excellent photographs of birds and wildlife while out hiking in the desert or mountains or on vacations. If you have photographs of interesting birds and wildlife, put them on a USB flash drive (thumb drive) or print an image so we can show them at our next general meeting. Kerncrest Audubon will set up computer and projection equipment at the Maturango Museum so we see and talk about your photographs.

We would love to see these photographs. Kerncrest Audubon members are enthusiastic bird watchers and are very knowledgeable of the wildlife in our area and we can share what we know.

Please let us know if plan to show your photographs or have any questions, contact Hector Villalobos (Vice President, Kerncrest Audubon Society) at: havillalobos@msn.com or (760) 301-2920.

The Kerncrest Audubon Society welcomes everyone, join us at the Maturango Museum at 7pmSeptember 21, 2017. It’s our first annual meeting. There will be cookies and refreshments.