The Yosemite Area Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon California, covering Mariposa and Eastern Madera Counties.  The Audubon mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.  We are dedicated to the preservation of natural habitats and native species, and to educating and inspiring others to help protect those resource values. 
We are active "Citizen Scientists", participating for several years in a survey contributing to raptor research, and maintaining an ongoing and expanding nestbox program.  We also manage two Christmas Bird Counts, in Mariposa and Oakhurst.  (Our chapter was featured in this San Francisco Chronicle article about the Christmas Bird Count.)
We offer field trips in the local area and host monthly chapter meetings which always include a fascinating program on topics of interest about our local habitat, birds and conservation.  The chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of each month October through May, and include a special program or speaker.  The public are invited to these free programs.


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, slide presentation on the "Birds of Borneo" by Matt Matthiessen.

Exotic birds, tropical rainforests, orangutans, the largest flower on earth—what better way to spend a cold February evening than to visit, through words and pictures, a place with all these and more? 

Mariposa resident Matthew Matthiessen, a captivating storyteller and world-class photographer who has previously regaled local audiences with slide talks featuring the birds of Peru, Brazil, Cuba and Ethiopia, will visually take his viewers to Southeast Asia at the February program of the Yosemite Area Audubon Society.  He will showcase his entertaining style with a slide presentation, "Birds of Borneo,”on Thursday, February 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall on 6th Street in downtown Mariposa.  Anyone who has been to any of Matthiessen’s previous presentations will not want to miss this one. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016, Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve

Please RSVP to the trip leader, Chris Swarth, if you're planning on attending so you can be contacted in case of last minute changes. If you have questions regarding field trips or would like to check the status of trips in case of unfavorable weather conditions, please call the trip leader at the number given below.

Date: Saturday, February 13

Time: 8:00 to Noon
Location: Meet at the Le Grand parking lot at UC Merced at 8:00 am. [Enter the campus at the second entrance off Lake Road. This is the Ranchers Road entrance. Go 1/2 mile east, follow the road as it bends right and becomes Ansel Adams Road. Proceed thru stop sign and Le Grand parking lot is on the left. We'll car pool from this location on our driving trip thru the reserve]

Visit the Field Trips page for additional information about this trip.

Birding on Stockton Creek - offered by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and led by Melissa Odell, one of YAAS's board of directors. 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Meet at the Stockton Creek Trailhead, approximately 1 mile north of Mariposa along Highway 140.

Every FIRST Saturday from February through April, join docent Melissa Odell for bird walks on Stockton Creek.  Learn the winter bird resident species and take note of the spring birds as they arrive at Stockton Creek Reservoir throughout the year.  A $10 dollar donation is requested to help fund future conservation efforts.  There are a limited amount of spots available, so reserve yours today!

Sign up on the Sierra Foothill Conservancy's web site.  Click here to sign up

Click for full Calendar and all scheduled Field Trips and Events.

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