OUR MISSION – Founded in 1966 Fresno Audubon is an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society.
The mission of Fresno Audubon is to engage local communities in building a sustainable environment for people, birds, and other wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.
Fresno Audubon hosts many educational programs, sponsors field trips and birding classes, advocates for local environmental conservation, engages community members in outdoor Citizen Science learning opportunities, and publishes the online blog – The Yellowbill.
ADVOCACY – Since 1966 Fresno Audubon have been advocating on behalf of the Central Valley and Sierra foothill environmental issues. Fresno Audubon advocates for a healthy and sustainable local environment for people, birds, and other wildlife through policy change, education, Citizen Science, community building and engagement around issues of local importance.
Why Advocate and How to Start?
Loss of suitable habitat can be a driving force for species extinction and reduction of biodiversity. In the Central Valley much of the native landscape has been significantly altered by urban and economic development and industrial farming. Join Fresno Audubon in advocating on behalf of a healthy and sustainable local environment for people, birds, and other wildlife. Attend our programs, field trips, volunteer, and donate to support a healthy and sustainable Central Valley and foothill and Sierra environment.
EDUCATION – We host educational programs on environmental issues in the Central Valley and Sierra foothill area. Additionally Fresno Audubon sponsors field trips designed to educate, engage, and inspire people about nature. We partner with community groups and agencies (such as the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management) with an interest in the environment to provide classroom and field experiences which inform participants on local environmental assets, resources, and actions.
Fresno Audubon invites community members, families, schools, and other interested groups, of all ages and experience, to join us. Attend our programs, field trips, volunteer, and donate to support a healthy and sustainable Central Valley and Sierra foothill environment for people, birds, and other wildlife.
All Programs and Field Trips are FREE and open the the public.
SCIENCE – Fresno Audubon believes in science and education as mechanisms of empowerment and positive change. Science informs our decision making in both our advocacy and education programs. We support local Citizen Science as a method to building a sustainable environment for people, birds, and other wildlife.
Fresno Audubon organizes an annual Citizen Science opportunity at Lost Lake Park called the Christmas Bird Count. Christmas Bird Counts are the longest running Citizen Science activity in history. Sign up for our mailing list to receive information on how to participate.
Fresno Audubon is partnered with CSU Fresno-Fresno Bird Count in a Citizen Science study to examine the connections between urban water policy, homeowner water use in residential landscapes, and plant and bird diversity in the Fresno-Clovis Metro Area.
Backyard bird watching, a Citizen Science activity, can be a significant data source to inform science of changes in bird numbers, diversity, and migration patterns. By sharing information about which birds visit backyard feeders Citizen Scientists collectively stitch together an image of avian activity and environmental health in their community. Visit Cornell’s Project FeederWatch website for more information.
Attend our beginning bird watching classes, collect data in your backyard, log your observations at eBird, and become a Citizen Scientist.