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

Sunday, February 8, 2015 Stockton Creek Preserve Bird Walks, led by Karyn Kestrel O'Hearn, from 9 am - 12 pm.  Meet at Stockton Creek trailhead approximately 1 mile north of Mariposa along Hwy 140.    A $10 donation is requested to help fund future conservation efforts.

Program in Mariposa Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall in Mariposa at 7:00 p.m.

The Yosemite Area Audubon Society and Melissa Odell, partner biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mariposa, will host a screening of the Emmy Award-winning feature-length documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time on Thursday, February 12, on 6th Street in downtown Mariposa. 


A legendary conservationist, wilderness advocate and ecologist, Aldo Leopold is perhaps best known for promoting a “land ethic,” his vision of a community that cares about both people and land.  “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect,” he penned in his landmark book A Sand County Almanac.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 Field Trip: UC Merced Vernal Pools.  Meet at 7:45 A.M. at the rest stop in Mariposa, which is located next to the History Museum at 5119 Jessie Street.  

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

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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