We are starting to plan for the 2017-18 Yosemite Area Audubon chapter field trips, and are asking any interested members to let us know if they would like to lead a field trip, or could find someone who would lead. We are always looking for new, interesting birding spots. A leader does not need to be a birding expert but should just be familiar with the area.

Ideally, we would like to schedule field trips on the second Saturday of the month so they could be promoted at the chapter programs which take place on the second Thursday of every month. This is flexible, and we can accommodate any day of the week or month that works for the leader. Our field trips run monthly from October through June. A typical field trip starts at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. and… Continue reading


The new exhibit, AVIAN: Birds in a Changing World, is a natural blend of the missions of two California non-profit organizations based in the Sierra Foothills surrounding Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Audubon’s mission focuses on conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, their habitats, and on educating and inspiring others to help protect them. Sierra Art Trails mission is to support working artists by promoting their work, fostering visual arts and art education, and benefitting the community by establishing a reputation for the region as an arts destination. Working together in this exhibit, these organizations promote the visual representation of birds and their lives through the work of local artists.

When considering submissions for “AVIAN: Birds in a Changing World,” artists should look at the many aspects of birds in our lives and know that their images… Continue reading

Please share and distribute widely — Property owners PLEASE STOP and THINK before you move around the ashes of your structures. Mariposa County Environmental Health is working with state agencies to help you. These agencies will clean up damaged structures on your property and haul and dispose of the material. The typical cost of clean up is $50,000 – $80,000 per site, that YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY (because you’ve already paid with your taxes). BUT, the state agencies won’t cover the cost IF you have moved quantities of material around and piled it up. These agencies will also bag and remove toxic materials (batteries, asbestos, paints, etc). Insurance typically will only cover $8,000 – $10,000.

If you want to sift through the ashes and rubble, be sure to wear protective clothing – an N95 respirator type mask, long… Continue reading

Submitted by Matt Matthiessen


Five fearless dragon hunters took part in the dragonfly field trip on June 10 at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. The morning started out cool but after an hour the sun came out and it warmed up enough for dragons to begin flying. We saw a total of 14 species including great looks and photo ops of perched individuals. If you couldn’t join us you missed a fun morning. Hopefully you can make it next summer.

Familiar Bluet
Pacific Forktail
Northern/Boreal Bluet
Tule Bluet
Western Forktail
Vivid Dancer
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner
Black Saddlebags
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Western Pondhawk
Flame Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Anna’s Hummingbird
Mourning Dove
Lesser Goldfinch
Bullock’s Oriole
Great Blue Heron
Black Phoebe
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Turkey Vulture
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Kingbird
Ash-throated Flycatcher


Green-tailed Towhee
Photo Credit: Vern Johnson


Wawona Species List – 06/03/2017

Turkey  Vulture
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood Peewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch

California Sister
Lorquan’s Admiral
Indra Swallowtail
California Tortoiseshell
Propertius Duskywing

Common Whitetail
Cardinal Meadowhawk



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