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

Webinar on Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions: Defenders of Wildlife, the UC Davis Road Ecology Center, U.S. Forest Service and Yosemite National Park will be co-hostin a webinar on Monday, May 4th, at 4pm to discuss our project, 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 our project and potential mitigation sites/types along this very busy stretch of highway. There will be a follow-up with an in-person meeting which all of the webinar participants are encouraged to attend - there will be some fun incentives and on-site training.

This project helps wildlife via a citizen science project to track roadkill - sounds a bit gruesome but results of are used for identifying areas where culverts, underpasses or other maintenance measures on the roadways can improve the likelihood that more animals can survive proximity to the roads. 

Yellowstone Wolves: May Audubon Program Steven Sage, a teenage student with a passion for wolves and experience in Yellowstone-area wolf research, will share his knowledge and love for these iconic animals at the May program of the Yosemite Area Audubon Society.  Sage will present a slide show, Wolves: A Keystone Species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Oakhurst Methodist Church on Road 426 in Oakhurst.

Saturday, May 16, 2015  Yosemite in Spring.  Join us to travel the Merced River canyon to Foresta and beyond in search of MacGillivray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Yellow Warbler, Mountain chickadee, Hermit Warbler, Black-backed Woodpecker and more.  Bring binoculars, lunch, snacks, water and a desire to explore.  Meet at the Midpines Park on Highway 140 at 7:45 a.m.  Contact Nina Jones for further info at 559-760-1624 or

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Highway 41 North and Wawona, a leisurely trip north on Highway 41 to Wawana, and if time permits, to Bridalveil Creek Campground.  We will make a stop at the Snow Play area on our way to Wawona in hopes of spotting summer warblers, Green-tailed Towhees and perhaps a Calliope Hummingbird.  Bring binoculars, luch, snacks and lots of enthusiasm.  Meet at McDonald's in Oakhurst at 7:45 a.m.  Please leave any cars for carpooling at Sears parking lot west of Raley's as the McDonald's parking lot is quite busy during the day.  Contact Nina Jones for further info at 559-760-1624 or

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