YOSEMITE AREA AUDUBON SOCIETY

 

YAAS will offer, in partnership with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy (www.sierrafoothill.org), its monthly field trip on Saturday, February 17, to the Stockton Creek Reservoir in Mariposa.

The hike will start at 9 a.m. at the Stockton Creek Preserve trailhead on Highway 140 about a half mile north of Mariposa. Contact melissa@sierrafoothill.org or visit www.yosemiteaudubon.org to for more detailed information about the trip.

 

 

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Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS

Mono Lake provides a stunning backdrop for Bill King’s campsite near the start of his 2016 21-day backpacking trip across the Sierra. King will share his experience in his slide presentation, “Mono to Merced (M2M): A Valley-to-Valley Trans-Sierra Backpack,” at the Mariposa Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 8. The program is free and the public is welcome. Photo credit: Bill King

Bill King never met a mountain he didn’t like. Like John Muir, who urged life’s travelers to “climb the mountains and get their good tidings,” the Mariposa resident has been drawn to exploring the outdoors since childhood.

In 2016 Bill’s passion for outdoor adventure sparked the idea of a solo backpacking trip across the Sierra Nevada. Looking eastward across the Sierra foothills from the UC Merced Vernal Pool and Grasslands Reserve, he… Continue reading

Contributed by Len McKenzie

 

The Lettered Aracari is among the many exotic Brazilian birds featured in a slide presentation by Matthew Matthiessen for the Yosemite Area Audubon Society Thursday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Oakhurst. The public is welcome.

 

Brazil evokes many images among Americans–Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, tropical rainforests and abundant, exotic animals, especially its stunningly colorful birds.

Occupying almost half of South America (geographically the fifth largest country in the world), Brazil is home to an immensely rich diversity of avifauna—upward of 1,800 species of birds, more than 200 of them endemic to that country (found only within its borders). Sixty percent of the birds native to South America occur in Brazil.

Matthew Matthiessen, recently elevated from chief financial officer to CEO of the John C. Fremont Healthcare District,… Continue reading

Please join Yosemite Audubon for a bird walk around Ahwahnee Hills Park on Saturday January 13 at 9 am. Participants should meet at the main parking lot for the park,the entrance which is just north on Highway 49 from Wasuma Elementary School.

We expect to see residents such as woodpeckers and nuthatches, as well as wintering birds such as sparrows, kinglets, and ducks. Terrain is gentle at the park, with gravel walking trails weaving through oak woodland and riparian habitat, as well as a stop at a pond to view various waterfowl. All levels of experience are encouraged to join.

RAIN CANCELS.

Contact Melissa at modell658@gmail.com for more info.

 

 

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Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAS

 

The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear.

Organized by ornithologist Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History in 1900 as an alternative to Christmas Day side hunts, an English shooting tradition, the first Christmas Bird Count was held in 25 U. S. locations and attracted 27 participants. Held every year since then, the Audubon-sponsored CBC is now an international event, with more than 2,000 individual counts, scattered across the Americas, drawing thousands of volunteers.

This year will mark the 118th CBC, the longest-running citizen-science project… Continue reading

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