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

Defenders of wildlife, the UC Davis Road Ecology Center, U.S. Forest Service and Yosemite National Park will be co-hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 2nd, at 4pm to give a brief overview of road ecology and wildlife/highway interactions, share information about and take a virtual tour of the California Roadkill Observation System (CROS) and encourage interested participants to become familiar with CROS and begin submitting their own observations into the database. The data obtained through these efforts will help inform the project and potential mitigation sites/types along this very busy stretch of highway. There will be a follow-up an in-person meeting in the Fish Camp area (tentatively set for either Wednesday, April 15th, or Friday, April 17th), which all of the webinar participants are encouraged to attend - there will be some fun incentives and on-site training.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 Field Trip to White Rock Road:  Join us for a leisurely drive down White Rock Road viewing wildflowers (hopefully) and searching for birds. This trip usually yields some interesting raptors and spring/summer migrants. Meet at the Mariposa fairgrounds at 7:45 am​. Bring snacks, lunch, binoculars and radios if you have them.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, 2015 Field Trip: Grouse Lek near Bishop.  This will be an overnight excursion meeting at the Denny's in Bishop at 2:00 P.M. on the Wednesday the 15th.  We will  visit Aspendell in search of Grey-crowned Rosy Finches, Pygmy Nuthatches, Pinyon Jays and Clark's Nutcrackers.  On the morning of the 16th we will meet at 4:45 A.M. at the Denny’s in Bishop to caravan to the lek area.  The early morning hours at the lek could be especially cold or chilly depending on the weather.   We will also bird some surrounding areas on Thursday.  Please bring radios if you have them.  It is a good idea to bring snacks especially for Thursday morning.  We will meet for dinner on Wednesday evening; location to be decided by consensus of participants on Wednesday (after viewing of those rosy finches).  Note:  participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. 

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Cal Naturalist training sessions scheduled for Central Valley

California Naturalist training will be offered in the central San Joaquin Valley for the first time this spring.

The program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning and volunteer service to inspire stewardship of the state’s parks, wetlands, coastal areas, mountains, foothills and forests. To become a certified California Naturalist, trainees take 40 hours of classroom and field courses and complete a capstone project.

Sessions will be offered through the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Fresno County, the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Preserve at the university and UC Merced Sierra Nevada Institute at Yosemite National Park.

The program with the conservancy begins in March. Classroom sessions are 6 pm. Fridays on March 13, 20, 27, and April 10, 11, 17, and 24. Field sessions will be on each of the following Saturdays.

For details on cost and registration, visit the course website.

Partial scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and college students and to people engaged in work (volunteer or paid) that directly impacts under-served communities. Four units of college credits are available for participants through the US Davis extension.


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Yosemite Area Audubon Society