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

Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, 2015 Bishop Field Trip Update

We will not be able to visit the Lek. Access has been closed off to protect the birds. We are revamping the trip to include some fun birding spots which may include visiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest. We are very disappointed about the Lek but the birds areendangered and the closure was a decision we were unaware had taken place until we got there to preview.

Meeting time on Wednesday remains the same 2:00 pm at Denny's. Thursday morning we will meet at 5:30 am at Denny's instead of 4:45. We have scouted out other areas to visit and still plan on a fun 2 day birding trip.

Please RSVP to Nina Jones

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. 

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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