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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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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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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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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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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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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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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:

 

 

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Saturday Walk – San Joaquin Experimental Range CANCELED
Apr 11 @ 7:15 am – 12:00 pm

Gray Flycatcher by Gary Woods


Join us for a trip to the San Joaquin Experimental Range (SJER) with Rebecca Ozeran from UC Cooperative Extension. The SJER is a US Forest Service research area and active cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This property has restricted access so this is a great opportunity for Fresno Audubon. We may see Gray Flycatchers and Western Bluebirds, as well as a variety of sparrows and Lewis’s Woodpeckers. We will meet at 7:15am for a 7:30am departure at the UC Cooperative Extension parking lot, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno.

There will be restrooms available. The terrain is sometimes rocky and sloping, so it’s not a good site for people with limited mobility.

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

Trip Leader: Rebecca Ozeran (livestock and natural resources advisor). Please contact Susan Estep estepmail@yahoo.com (402)212-1215 with any questions.

Please register for the trip here. Registration is limited to 25 people.

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Birding on the McKenzie Preserve CANCELED @ McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Fresno Audubon Society for a birding hike on the McKenzie Preserve. Explore local birds during spring migration.

This is a Sierra Foothill conservancy event staffed by Fresno Audubon Society. Cost is FREE but you must register here: https://sierrafoothill.org/event/birding-on-the-mckenzie-3/?instance_id=411.

 

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Wednesday Walk – Fresno State campus CANCELED
Apr 22 @ 7:45 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day for a bird walk on Fresno State’s campus with Biology professor Dr. Tricia Van Laar. We will meet in the southwest corner of the parking lot at Campus Pointe – across Chestnut Ave from the SaveMart Center. We will carpool together to the Planetarium on Fresno State’s campus, meeting there at 8:10am. The Fresno State campus has several unique microcosms that we will be able to visit.

Dr. Van Laar and her colleague, Dr. Joel Slade, have an ongoing project regarding the microbiology and immunology of the bushtit as well as nest composition in our urban environment. They have students who are enrolled in the Ecology and Evolution of Birds course who may join us.

We will see nesting Ravens and Bushtits. There are large numbers of Brewer’s and Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds in the Ag fields. There are usually Red-tailed Hawks as well. Last spring there were nesting pied-billed grebes and coots on the equestrian ponds. Killdeer are quite common as well. We have all the standards too like Robins, Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves, Scrub-jays, House Finches, etc.

It should be a very interesting and informative day.

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

Trip Leader: Dr. Tricia Van Laar. Please contact Susan Estep estepmail@yahoo.com (402)212-1215 with any questions.

 

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Birding on Black Mountain CANCELED @ Black Mountain Preserve
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join SFC Docent Gary Woods on a meandering hike along Black Mountain trails with incredible sweeping views and even more incredible bird sightings. Fairly easy, but be sure to dress for possibly windy weather and bring binoculars, water, and snacks.

This is an SFC event staffed by Fresno Audubon. Cost is FREE to Members, $10 per individual Non-Member or $20 for Non-Member Households. You must register here: ‭https://sierrafoothill.org/event/birding-on-black-mountain-3/?instance_id=401

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Birding on Fine Gold Creek CANCELED @ Fine Gold Creek Preserve
May 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This event is canceled due to the corona virus pandemic.

This docent-led 3-mile hike over the easy to moderate loop trail along Fine Gold Creek with amazing views and wildflowers newly in bloom will feature Fresno Audubon Birding experts. All levels welcome, this is a wonderful experience on this rarely opened Preserve!

Cost is FREE but you must register here: https://sierrafoothill.org/event/fine-gold-creek-birding/?instance_id=423

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Wednesday Walk – Balsam Meadow / Tamarack Ridge CANCELED
May 6 @ 7:45 am – 2:00 pm

This event is canceled due to the corona virus pandemic.


George Folsom
will lead this high Sierra Trip to Tamarack Ridge above Shaver Lake.  We will start at Balsam Meadows Sno-Park for a short hike on an Edison Co service road.  Next will visit Tamarack Ridge and bird along Rock Creak Road and Coyote Sno-Park.  Warblers, vireos, fox sparrows, flycatchers, woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, finches, tanagers, mountain quail, Clark’s nutcrackers and many others can be found in this area.  Meet at Target in the River Park Shopping Center on El Paso Ave between Highway 41 and Blackstone Ave at 7:45 AM for an 8:00 AM departure or at the Balsam Meadows Sno-Park on H-168 above Shave Lake at 9:15 AM.

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

Trip Leader: George Folsom georgefolsom@icloud.com (559)351-7192

Map to Fresno meeting location, 7:45 AM

Map to 1st birding location, 9:15 AM