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

We've got a great field trip line up for the 2014/2015 season!  Download the schedule - click here.

Friday, August 22, 2014 from 5 to 7 PM at the Sierra Historic Museum in Shaver Lake. Public Open House held by the Dinkey Collaborative - learn more about the Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project, and see the work being done to protect and restore the Sierra National Forest.  More info here.   RSVP requested by August 20.

Raptor Survey Madera route on Thursday, September 7, 2014  Visit the Raptor Survey page for more information.

Raptor Survey Le Grand route on Friday, September 8, 2014.

Field Trip Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  Yosemite in the Fall - Birding in the Wawona area.  Meet at the Sears parking lot at 7:45 A.M.

Great Sierra River Cleanup, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, will be held this year on September 20, 2014.  It's a great way to help keep our precious water sources healthy. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Program in Mariposa on Thursday, October 9, 2014 El Portal author and naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross will discuss the lives and work of five diverse women who have studied birds, including four profiled in his newest work, A World of Her Own.

Field Trip Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, 2014.  Elkhorn Slough.  Great fall birding on an easy trail.  For those who want to stay the night, we will go to Pacific Grove for some early morning birding and Monarch butterfly viewing on Sunday.  Meet at 7:45 A.M. on the 11th at the rest stop in Mariposa, which is located next to the History Museum at 5119 Jessie Street.  Meeting place for October 12 to be announced.

Program in Oakhurst Thursday, November 13, 2014 Jeff Davis, principal ecologist and president of Colibri Ecological Consulting in Fresno, will discuss what makes the Tricolored Blackbird unique, why it's in trouble and why your should care.

Field Trip Saturday, November 15, 2014 Raptor Run - we will follow one of our regular established "Raptor Run" routes, either the Madera County or the Le Grand route.  Meeting place will be announced close to the time of this field trip so we can determine which route will provide the best birding experience.

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

Festivals and Symposium

Kern River Autumn and Vulture Festival in Weldon, CA September 27, 2014
Monterey Bay Birding Festival in Watsonville, CA September 25 - 28, 2014
Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi, CA November 7 - 9, 2014
California Swan Festival in Marysville, CA November 8 - 9, 2014

Central Valley Birding Symposium in Stockton, CA November 20 - 23, 2014.  Registration will open on August 1, 2014.
  

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