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Saturday Field Trip – Merced Grasslands & Merced NWR 6:45 am
Saturday Field Trip – Merced Grasslands & Merced NWR
Feb 3 @ 6:45 am – 5:45 pm
Registration required for all FAS field trips. Registration for this trip is here. Event details subject to change. Jeff Seay will lead this trip through the Merced Grasslands Important Bird Area finishing at Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at that Walmart parking lot at Ashlan...
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Canceled due to rain. Wednesday Walk – Merced NWR Feb 2024 11:45 am
Canceled due to rain. Wednesday Walk – Merced NWR Feb 2024 @ MNWR
Feb 7 @ 11:45 am – 8:00 pm
Merced National Wildlife Refuge February 7, 2024 Canceled due to rain. Registration required: Please register here.     With winter migrants filling local refuges and putting on a tremendous show, it is a wonderful time to bird Central Valley wetlands. Join Fresno Audubon on Wednesday,...
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Saturday Walk – San Luis NWR 7:45 am
Saturday Walk – San Luis NWR
Feb 10 @ 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday Walk - San Luis NWR
San Luis NWR Saturday Feb. 10, 2024 Register for this walk here   Join a tour of one of the great remnants of the historically bountiful wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway located in the Bear Creek, Salt Slough, and San Joaquin...
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Field Trip to River West Open Space 8:00 am
Field Trip to River West Open Space @ River West Open Space
Feb 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Field Trip to River West Open Space, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 Register here! Join Fresno Audubon for a bird hike at River West Open Space on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. We will meet at River View Dr and W Bluff Ave at 8 a.m. This...
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Introduction to Birding Saturday February 17, 2024 9:00 am
Introduction to Birding Saturday February 17, 2024 @ River Center
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Birding Saturday February 17, 2024 @ River Center
Introduction to Birding at the River Center 11605 Old Friant Rd Fresno, CA 93730     Please register for the event here.   The Parkway Trust and Fresno Audubon Society have joined forces to offer a birding class that combines instruction, exploration, and fun! Beginning...
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Mendota Wildlife Area Feb 24, 2024 7:30 am
Mendota Wildlife Area Feb 24, 2024 @ Mendota Wildlife Area
Feb 24 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Required. Link to Registration.   Join us for an exciting field trip on Saturday, February 24, 2024! We will meet near the self registration booth at 7:30, just south of Highway 180.      From there we’ll take the dirt trail that flows along...
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FAS Board Meeting 12:00 pm
FAS Board Meeting @ Zoom meeting
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Contact admin@fresnoaudubon.org for login credentials
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2024
Saturday Field Trip – Merced Grasslands & Merced NWR
Feb 3 @ 6:45 am – 5:45 pm

Registration required for all FAS field trips.

Registration for this trip is here.

Event details subject to change.

Jeff Seay will lead this trip through the Merced Grasslands Important Bird Area finishing at Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at that Walmart parking lot at Ashlan and Blackstone at 6:45 am for a 7 am departure. The trip will cover the Madera County’s foothill Grasslands on the way to the Merced Wildlife Refuge. We expect to see wintering raptors and other birds of the low foothills and grasslands. We will mostly be driving and getting out of the car periodically with possible small walks. At the end of the trip we will enjoy the spectacle of sandhill cranes, snow and Ross’s geese, and other waterfowl. It will last most of the day, ending about 5:45 at the refuge.

 

Checklist: binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, radios, jackets, lunch/snacks, water, and insect repellent.

 

Registration for this trip is here.

 

Directions to the assembly point are here.

Trip leader: Jeff Seay, ‭(559) 960-0849‬, jeffseay@sbcglobal.net

 

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Canceled due to rain. Wednesday Walk – Merced NWR Feb 2024 @ MNWR
Feb 7 @ 11:45 am – 8:00 pm

Merced National Wildlife Refuge

February 7, 2024

Canceled due to rain.

Registration required: Please register here.

 

 

With winter migrants filling local refuges and putting on a tremendous show, it is a wonderful time to bird Central Valley wetlands. Join Fresno Audubon on Wednesday, November 29 for a tour of the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. We will meet at the MacDonald’s parking lot in the Marketplace at El Paseo (6741 N Riverside Dr, Fresno, CA 93722, see map) at 11:45 for a noon start. Secondary meet up is at the first parking lot of the refuge, near the bathrooms and the first observation deck, at 1:00pm (see map).

Map to McDonald’s

Map to MNWR

After driving the auto tour, we will gather at the second observation deck at sundown for the spectacular crane fly-in, which should end around 5:30pm.
Target birds include lesser sandhill cranes, phoebes, various sparrows, American pipits, numerous species of ducks and geese, American white pelicans, wading birds and shore birds, egrets, American coots, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers and other hawks. Also possible are bald eagles, great-horned owls, and vermillion flycatchers.

 

Participants should bring day packs, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, plenty of water, snacks, lunch (if desired), and binoculars, and should dress in layers. We probably will not be doing much hiking, but comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please bring radios (walky-talkies) if you have them.

 

Registration required: Please register here.

Checklist: binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, jackets, snacks, water, insect repellent, and radios.

Trip Leader: Judy Johnson  (559)977-2787

 

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2024
Saturday Walk – San Luis NWR
Feb 10 @ 7:45 am – 4:00 pm

San Luis NWR

Saturday Feb. 10, 2024

Register for this walk here

 

Join a tour of one of the great remnants of the historically bountiful wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway located in the Bear Creek, Salt Slough, and San Joaquin River floodplain.  It hosts a myriad of tree-lined channels, wetlands and native grasslands.  There is a good chance of seeing Tundra Swans, several species of geese, numerous species of ducks, raptors, shorebirds, sparrows and many other wetland and grassland species.  Along the way we will keep an eye out for the native Tule Elk that once numbered in the millions in the Central Valley.  We will stop at the visitors center and view the wildlife and history exhibits before starting the auto-loop drive.  This is an all day trip so plan accordingly.

 

We will meet at Target near Herndon and highway 99 at 7:45 am for an 8:00 am departure.

 

 

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

Register for this walk here

 

 

 

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Field Trip to River West Open Space @ River West Open Space
Feb 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Field Trip to River West Open Space, Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Register here!

Join Fresno Audubon for a bird hike at River West Open Space on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. We will meet at River View Dr and W Bluff Ave at 8 a.m.

This is a rich area with many target species. We can expect to see a wide variety of ducks, including Goldeneye, Mergansers, and Bufflehead. There are many resident raptors – including Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and occasional Osprey and Bald Eagle sightings. There are many songbirds waiting to be discovered as well – sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Anna’s Hummingbirds, and Loggerhead Shrikes. It is not unusual to log more than 40 species.

 

Participants should bring snacks, water, hat, sunscreen, and binoculars, and should dress in layers. There really isn’t anywhere to eat lunch at this property; we will likely be wrapping up by 12:30.  Registration is required for this event.

 

The trip leader is Wes Beal. He can be reached at beal4farms@gmail.com if you have any questions. There is plenty of on street parking available on River View Dr and W Bluff Ave. It is about a 3-mile loop of flat walking. There are no restrooms or water available so come prepared!

Register here!

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2024
Introduction to Birding Saturday February 17, 2024 @ River Center
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to Birding at the River Center

11605 Old Friant Rd
Fresno, CA 93730

 

 

Please register for the event here.

 

The Parkway Trust and Fresno Audubon Society have joined forces to offer a birding class that combines instruction, exploration, and fun! Beginning birders will see and learn about local and migratory birds that might be visiting the River Center. New birders will discover easy ways to identify migrating and year-round, local birds. The class will include a walk looking for birds in the various habitats found at the River Center. We will meet at the new picnic shelter on the north side of the center. After learning about using binoculars and various aids in bird identification like guide books and phone apps, we will bird around the property. Bring binoculars, lunch, water and sun protection.  Fresno Audubon will have binoculars to loan if you do not have your own. Children are welcome!
BegBirdHO
QR Code for Beginning Birding Handout.
Heavy rain cancels this event.
Class is held from 9 AM -12 PM on the third Saturday of each month from October through May.

Please register for the event here.

 

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2024
Mendota Wildlife Area Feb 24, 2024 @ Mendota Wildlife Area
Feb 24 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Registration Required.

Link to Registration.

 

Join us for an exciting field trip on Saturday, February 24, 2024! We will meet near the self registration booth at 7:30, just south of Highway 180. 

 

 

From there we’ll take the dirt trail that flows along the Fresno Slough. The trail is relatively flat but may be uneven and muddy in some areas. Walk should end around noon.

 

We expect to observe various species of waterfowl, songbirds, woodpeckers, as well as raptors. Target species include American Bittern, Clark’s Grebe, Marsh Wren, Sora, Virginia Rail, White-tailed Kite, and Great Horned Owl.

 

To ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience, please bring snacks, water, a hat, binoculars (if you need loaners, contact Rick). Dress in layers to prepare for chilly morning temperatures.

 

Registration is required for this event. To secure your spot and receive any additional details, please complete the registration process.

 

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to the trip leader, Rick Grijalva at rickgrijalva2@gmail.com or 559-578-6168.

 

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

Registration Required.

Link to Registration.

 

Feb
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2024
FAS Board Meeting @ Zoom meeting
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Contact admin@fresnoaudubon.org for login credentials

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2024
Field Trip to River West Madera @ River West Madera
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Field Trip to River West Madera

Wednesday

March 6, 2024

Register here!

 

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. just outside the Valley Golf Center (which is south and down the hill from Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera County). The walk will mostly follow along the San Joaquin River downstream toward Sycamore Island. Although the river is also accessible from Wildwood Native Park, we will start from the Golf Center as the status of the Park is uncertain at this time.

 

We plan to take Palm Avenue south toward the river from the golf course, past the pipe gate, then following the river downstream, first on the service road to Sycamore Island, then along the Riverfront Trail, ultimately emerging at a grouping of several ponds and a large lagoon just north of the river channel. The Riverfront Trail follows a berm next to the river and is somewhat narrow and uneven. For anyone not comfortable with it, the Sycamore Island road can be followed instead. Total distance is about 3.5 miles.

 

We hope to see a variety of waterfowl, raptors, swallows, sparrows, kinglets, bluebirds, meadowlark and warblers. We will be on special lookout for nesting activity, as this has been an active area for breeding osprey, red-tailed hawks, and great-horned owls in recent years.

 

Bring suitable clothing (layers) and walking shoes, snacks, water, head covering, sunscreen, and binoculars. The ponds and lagoon will be quite amenable to spotting scopes, although they are more than a mile and a half from the assembly area.

 

Directions: Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, to the first exit north of the San Joaquin River (Exit 138A). Turn right at the intersection and follow Cobb Ranch Road back toward Fresno until you get to the first intersection. Turn right and proceed under the Highway 41 bridges to the parking area just outside the golf course where we will assemble.

 

Leader: John McDaniel

Phone: (559) 779-7186

Email: mandomac@comcast.net

Register here!

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2024
Elkhorn Slough, March 9, 2024 (Event is full) @ Elkhorn Slough
Mar 9 @ 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit and Willet by Peter Nagayama

Event is full.

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please send an email to admin@fresnoaudubon.org with the subject line- Elkhorn Waiting List.

 

 

When: Saturday, March 9, 2024
Time: 1:15 on the Private Chartered Boat (22 people)

Cost: $40 per person (NON-REFUNDABLE) Does not include gratuity for Naturalist.

Please Note: Registration Closes February 15, 2024

 

HOW LONG?

Our tours take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

WHERE & WHEN
Please check in with your naturalist, 30 minutes prior to the departure time, at our Office/Gift Shop located at 7981 MOSS LANDING ROAD, STE.E., AT THE CROSSROAD OF SANDHOLDT RD. The naturalist on duty will get you checked in and tell you where to go from there. It’s a short, 1 minute to walk from our Gift Shop to our boat in the harbor.

 

PARKING
FREE PARKING is available on Moss Landing Rd., near our Office/Gift Shop at 7981 Moss Landing Rd. Ste E. As long as you park on the shoulder of the road, without blocking any entrances to the local businesses, parking will be free all day. Parking is also available in the Moss Landing Harbor lot at 7881 SANDHOLDT RD., MOSS LANDING, CA. The cost is $12.00, payable at the harbor office near the flag poles. Parking in the harbor lot is free with a handicap placard.

DO NOT ENTER “ELKHORN SLOUGH” INTO GOOGLE MAPS, THIS WILL DIRECT YOU AWAY FROM OUR LOCATION AND WE WILL NOT BE ABLE HOLD THE DEPARTURE IF YOU ARE LATE.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING? -BE SURE TO CHECK THE WEATHER THE DAY OF YOUR TOUR -DRESS IN LAYERS, even on warm days it can get quite chilly on the water, be prepared so you stay warm and comfortable. -BINOCULARS, We do offer complimentary binoculars for our guests to use during their tour, but do bring your own if you have a pair. -We recommend comfortable, closed toed shoes. Please, no high heels. -Sunscreen -Blanket, for extra warmth or to cushion your seat -Camera -No food or drink on board please. Bottled water is ok.

 

Please keep in mind that there are NO restrooms on the boat, consuming lots of beverages before the tour is not recommended. There are public restrooms available at the Moss Landing Harbor parking lot, as well as at our Office/Gift Shop.

 

 

We look forward to showing you the wonders of Elkhorn Slough!

 

Elkhorn Slough Safari
www.elkhornslough.com
831-633-5555

 

 

Contact: Maureen Walsh
mewnew10@yahoo.com
(559) 706-4980

 

Checklist: binoculars, bird guide, water, layered clothing and sun protection.

 

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2024
Introduction to Birding Saturday March 16, 2024 @ River Center
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to Birding at the River Center

11605 Old Friant Rd
Fresno, CA 93730

 

 

Please register for the event here.

 

The Parkway Trust and Fresno Audubon Society have joined forces to offer a birding class that combines instruction, exploration, and fun! Beginning birders will see and learn about local and migratory birds that might be visiting the River Center. New birders will discover easy ways to identify migrating and year-round, local birds. The class will include a walk looking for birds in the various habitats found at the River Center. We will meet at the new picnic shelter on the north side of the center. After learning about using binoculars and various aids in bird identification like guide books and phone apps, we will bird around the property. Bring binoculars, lunch, water and sun protection.  Fresno Audubon will have binoculars to loan if you do not have your own. Children are welcome!
BegBirdHO
QR Code for Beginning Birding Handout.
Heavy rain cancels this event.
Class is held from 9 AM -12 PM on the third Saturday of each month from October through May.

Please register for the event here.