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FAS Board meeting 12:15 pm
FAS Board meeting @ Bety Rodriguez Library
Mar 1 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
This meeting will serve as our February Board meeting.
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Wednesday Walk – Eastman Lake 8:15 am
Wednesday Walk – Eastman Lake @ Eastman Lake, Raymond CA
Mar 4 @ 8:15 am – 1:45 pm
Linda Schafhauser will lead this trip through the Madera grasslands and foothills along Rd 26 to Eastman Lake. Expect to see eagles, hawks, shorebirds and owls, and possibly migrating Rufous Hummingbirds if the right trees are in bloom. After lunch at Eastman Lake we will...
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Introduction to birding at the River Center 9:00 am
Introduction to birding at the River Center @ River Center
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join the River Parkway Trust and Fresno Audubon for an Introduction to Birding Class at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies. Class participants will learn how to use binoculars, why birding is a fun and valuable hobby, and about the resources available to help...
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Pre-meeting Dinner with Susan Schneider 5:00 pm
Pre-meeting Dinner with Susan Schneider @ BJ's Brewhouse
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us for dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse with Biopsychologist Susan Schneider. Susan has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the science of consequences and nature-nurture relations.  She’s also an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist.  President of San Joaquin Audubon...
General Meeting – Susan Schneider on Bird Intelligence 7:00 pm
General Meeting – Susan Schneider on Bird Intelligence @ UC CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Please join us for an evening discussion of bird intelligence by Biopsychologist Susan Schneider, PhD. Susan has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the science of consequences and nature-nurture relations.  She’s also an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist. Her...
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Saturday Walk – Audubon Kern River Preserve 7:00 am
Saturday Walk – Audubon Kern River Preserve
Mar 14 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for a trip to the beautiful and important Audubon Kern River Preserve and Lake Isabella. We will begin birding at 7:00 am on Saturday, so it is best to leave Friday and spend the night in Kernville. Accommodations in Kernville can be found...
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Introductory Bird Walk at the River Center 8:00 am
Introductory Bird Walk at the River Center @ River Center
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Fresno Audubon Society experts for an entry-level bird walk at the River Center. This is a follow-on birding trip for our Introduction to Birding class, but all (including children) are welcome. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Fresno Audubon. Also bring...
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Wednesday Walk – River West CANCELED 8:00 am
Wednesday Walk – River West CANCELED @ River West
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Wednesday Walk - River West CANCELED @ River West
River West is several hundred acres of grasslands, riparian areas, ponds, bluffs and river habitats.  The walk is mostly level but we may walk as much as 3 miles on dirt trails and through wet grass.  Those who don’t want to walk the entire property...
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FAS Board meeting CANCELED 12:15 pm
FAS Board meeting CANCELED
Mar 29 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
All FAS Board meetings are open to the public.
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2020
FAS Board meeting @ Bety Rodriguez Library
Mar 1 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

This meeting will serve as our February Board meeting.

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2020
Wednesday Walk – Eastman Lake @ Eastman Lake, Raymond CA
Mar 4 @ 8:15 am – 1:45 pm

Linda Schafhauser will lead this trip through the Madera grasslands and foothills along Rd 26 to Eastman Lake. Expect to see eagles, hawks, shorebirds and owls, and possibly migrating Rufous Hummingbirds if the right trees are in bloom. After lunch at Eastman Lake we will have a chance to walk the numerous trails in the area.

We will bird along the 13 mile driving route to Eastman Lake. The return to Madera route may include sections of unpaved road. Return to Madera AmTrak Station approximately 2pm. The car caravan will pull off the road, in safe places, to bird on route and in the park. There may be short trail walks. Spring migration can bring a variety of ducks and shorebirds such as the long billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, American Widgeon, Buffleheads and Northern Shovelers. There have been recent sightings of Common Mergansers sharing the creek flowing out of Eastman, with Cinnamon Teal. Two Swainson’s Hawks and a Loggerhead Shrike often greet drivers as they near the park, while Bald and Golden Eagles make appearances soaring over the adjacent hills.  Sightings, but more often calls in a rocky campground area include wild turkeys and California Quail. The resident campground Roadrunner can sometimes be seen standing camouflaged among the rocks.  Scanning the lake may provide views of gulls and cormorants.  More common Western Meadowlarks, California Scrub Jays, Red-Tailed Hawks, Ravens and Crows line the grasslands and trees.  Lunch will be in a picnic area within a walking view of the lake. After lunch, for those interested, the return route to Madera Amtrak Station may include (condition permitting) birding along a short section of unpaved road along a grassland and orchard.

We will meet at the Amtrak station in Madera (18770 Rd 26, Madera, CA 93638) at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure.

Meeting Place : Madera AmTrak Station, Road 26, Madera
Free extended parking available for those wishing to carpool
Eastman Lake : Entrance fee $5, credit card kiosk available
                          Free entrance for holders of the National Parks and 
                          Federal Recreation Lands Pass

Checklist: binoculars, scope, field guide, snacks, lunch, water, hat, radios

Trip Leader: Lynda Schafhauser rufusradar@me.com (559)474-0651

Please register for the event here.

Map to meeting location:

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2020
Introduction to birding at the River Center @ River Center
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the River Parkway Trust and Fresno Audubon for an Introduction to Birding Class at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies.

Class participants will learn how to use binoculars, why birding is a fun and valuable hobby, and about the resources available to help identify birds. After the initial class work, participants will accompany Fresno Audubon experts on a bird walk around the River Center property including the Hidden Homes Trail. This class will begin at the Wisteria Shade Arbor just north of the Ranch House.

Participants should bring binoculars, snacks, water, and sun protection. Fresno Audubon will have binoculars to loan for anyone who doesn’t have their own pair.

There is no cost to attend. Children are welcome.

Please register for the event here.

Mar
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Pre-meeting Dinner with Susan Schneider @ BJ's Brewhouse
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse with Biopsychologist Susan Schneider. Susan has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the science of consequences and nature-nurture relations.  She’s also an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist.  President of San Joaquin Audubon (just stepped down this summer), she was on the Tropical Audubon board in Miami and is a past president of Mountaineer Audubon in West Virginia. She’s published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and has been a faculty member at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University; she’s currently a Visiting Scholar at University of the Pacific.  Her book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World (see www.scienceofconsequences.com) was a selection of the Scientific American Book Club and took her on a 3-year international book tour.  It describes the science of reinforcement learning, its important role in the larger realm of nature-nurture relations, and its many beneficial applications for people and animals.  Schneider is currently focused on fighting climate change:  giving talks, consulting professionally, and co-chairing the San Joaquin County Climate Action Coalition.

Please register for the event here.

 

General Meeting – Susan Schneider on Bird Intelligence @ UC CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Please join us for an evening discussion of bird intelligence by Biopsychologist Susan Schneider, PhD. Susan has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the science of consequences and nature-nurture relations.  She’s also an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist. Her talk is titled No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Bird Learning, Instinct, and Intelligence. Birds can learn from consequences, as we and many other species can:  Baby chicks learn to peck accurately, wild mockingbirds can learn to recognize individual people, and pigeons were able to learn to categorize art and music.  Even instinctive behaviors like imprinting can be more flexible than scientists used to think, and songbird song appears particularly malleable.  This talk will explore bird learning and intelligence, from everyday foraging, to learning through observing, to tool use.  Such adaptability may be critical as wild birds attempt to adjust to the many threats they face.  Scientists also take advantage of this powerful learning ability to help save endangered species.

Please register for the event here.

Map to the UC Center:

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Saturday Walk – Audubon Kern River Preserve
Mar 14 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a trip to the beautiful and important Audubon Kern River Preserve and Lake Isabella. We will begin birding at 7:00 am on Saturday, so it is best to leave Friday and spend the night in Kernville. Accommodations in Kernville can be found online (e.g. here). To learn more about the preserve click here. A map of the trails on the preserve is found here. A list of winter birds can be found here.

Please register for the event here.

We will meet at the preserve headquarters at 7:00 am on Saturday 14 March. A map to the headquarters is here:

Checklist: binoculars, scope, field guide, snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, radios

Trip Leader: Robert Snow, (650)483-2347, rsnow@fresnoaudubon.org

 

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2020
Introductory Bird Walk at the River Center @ River Center
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Fresno Audubon Society experts for an entry-level bird walk at the River Center. This is a follow-on birding trip for our Introduction to Birding class, but all (including children) are welcome. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Fresno Audubon. Also bring sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen plus water and snacks.

Please register for the event here.

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Wednesday Walk – River West CANCELED @ River West
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Marsh Wren by Larry Cusick

River West is several hundred acres of grasslands, riparian areas, ponds, bluffs and river habitats.  The walk is mostly level but we may walk as much as 3 miles on dirt trails and through wet grass.  Those who don’t want to walk the entire property can bird a smaller area.  We are not able to drive this property.  Because the trail gate is open all day, participants are able to leave early. This is the area where we saw the Vermillion Flycatcher several years ago.  He hasn’t been spotted this year, but there are lots of good birds in the ponds and river habitat.  It’s not unusual to record more than 50 species this time of year.  Possible sightings included American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ruby-crowned kinglets, Sparrows, Northern Harriers, White-tailed Kites to name a few.  We will also be able to see the habitat restoration that the SJR Parkway and Conservation Trust has been working on for the past few years.  We will meet outside the gate at the intersection of W Riverview Dr and W Bluff Ave at 8:00am.  There is plenty of on street parking in this area. There is a port-a-potty available on the premises. We plan on finishing by 11:30 am.  Register for this walk here

Checklist: binoculars, scope, field guide, snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, water resistant shoes.
Trip leader:  Judy Johnson  (559) 977-2778   jajohn1@comcast.net

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FAS Board meeting CANCELED
Mar 29 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

All FAS Board meetings are open to the public.

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Wednesday Walk- Kearney Park CANCELED @ Kearney Park
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kearney Park, which was originally the estate of Martin Kearney,  a land developer and agricultural promoter in the late 1800s, was once owned by the University of California, and is now a Fresno County park.  Kearney Park is good for sparrows, nuthatches, wrens, woodpeckers and sapsuckers, and finches among many other birds. Spring migrants such as flycatchers, tanagers, and warblers can be seen at the park. Kearney Park is also one of the few places in the Fresno area where Yellow-billed Magpies can be seen. Owls are sometimes found at the park, as are nighthawks. Wear walking shoes and warm clothes; early April mornings in the country can be cool. Bring a lunch.  There is a $5 entrance fee. Register for this walk here

Checklist: binoculars, scope, field guide, snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, radios

Trip Leader: Larry Parmeter lanpar362@gmail.com (559)288-3456

The Kearney Park entrance location is here

Map to meeting location: