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Growing Tricolored Blackbirds in Kern County

October 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Brigid McCormack, Kern River Preserve, State Policy, Tricolored Blackbird

With the turn of a wrench, the first water is let loose. Only a trickle right now, one day it will lure flocks of Tricolored Blackbirds and create a riparian area in an otherwise very dry environment. Building surrogate habitats, that’s what the Audubon network is doing in Kern County. I had the pleasure of […]

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Kern River Preserve partner named finalist for California Leopold Conservation Award

October 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation, Working Waterways

One of the finalists announced for this year’s prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award, which honors private landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources, is Hafenfeld Ranch of Kern County. Hafenfeld Ranch is owned by Bruce and Sylvia Hafenfeld and operated with their son and his wife, Eric and Jamie. They manage certified […]

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April 26: Audubon Kern River Preserve Spring Nature Festival

April 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities, spring migration

Spring is here and the birds are moving from their wintering grounds in Central and South America to the breeding grounds North America. Spring will be short this year so get out and enjoy the Kern River Preserve. Share on Facebook

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April 12: Volunteer day at Kern River Preserve

April 7th, 2014 · Comments Off · Kern River Preserve, Volunteer

Kern River Preserve’s Redtailed Hawk Trail looks great with blooming bush lupine, poppies and Fay Creek is running. Come to the work party this Saturday April 12. Preserve Manager Reed will lead a hike to Fay Creek after lunch. Spring is going to be short in the Kern Valley due to the dry conditions so […]

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What is a conservation easement?

December 16th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, How to help birds, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Audubon Kern River Preserve Manager Reed Tollefson explains what a land easement is. Share on Facebook

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What is a conservation easement?

September 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Kern River Preserve, Landowner Stewardship, Working lands conservation

Like many others in the conservation world, we are guilty of employing a lot of jargon in our speech. Ever wondered what a conservation easement is? Reed of our Audubon Kern River Preserve explains that it is: Share on Facebook

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Deserts play a major role in spring migration

April 17th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Kern River Preserve, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

When we think about bird habitat in California, we all too often overlook the importance of the deserts. That’s understandable given our lush forests, oak woodlands, and energetic coastlines. But when one looks at the maps of California Important Bird Areas, it becomes clear that the deserts are vital places for birds, particularly during spring […]

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Condor Day with the Kern River Preserve October 27

October 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment · California Condor, Kern River Preserve

Since the release of captive bred and wild condors back to their coastal and southern California habitats began in 1991 the wild population has swelled from only 22 to 410. In anticipation of the return of the condor, the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest, California Audubon’s Kern River Preserve, and Friends […]

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Turkey Vultures are awesome — go check ‘em out

September 25th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Bird videos, Birding, fall migration, Kern River Preserve, Video

We’ve all seen the movie. Our hero, lost in the desert, unscrews the cap from his canteen and pours his last drop of water into his parched mouth. He stumbles on under a relentless sun. Ominous shadows on the ground prompt him to look skyward. Circling overhead are one, then two, then three vultures. We […]

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Rare Yellow-billed Cuckoo sighting near downtown Los Angeles

June 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Bird Habitat, Birding, Kern River Preserve

Who says you can’t see rare birds in L.A.? John Garrett, an intern at Audubon Center at Debs Park reports that he saw a Yellow-filled Cuckoo while at work this week in Ernest E. Debs Park. Yellow-billed Cuckoos, while common in the East, have been greatly reduced in the West in the last 100 years, […]

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Western Tanagers hitting California big time

April 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Kern River Preserve, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

As we predicted a few weeks ago, the arrival of the Western Tanager in California has been sudden and spectacular. We’re seeing reports of sightings on the birding listservs from all over the state. And as spring migrants go, this one is hard to miss. It’s yellow and black coloring stands out marvelously. The Western […]

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Two great spring festivals in CA this weekend

April 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Kern River Preserve, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

If you’re looking to get your spring migration on this weekend, we want to remind you about two great nature festivals going on. First, there’s a Audubon Kern River Preserve’s Spring Festival. It’s a bit of a drive for most, but the chance to enjoy one of the state’s great birding areas makes it well […]

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Audubon Kern River Preserve Spring Festival, April 21

April 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Birding, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve

There are few places in California better to witness the wonder of spring migration than the Audubon Kern River Preserve. It’s not exactly easy to get there, but if you’re a nature fan, it’s well worth the trip. And there’s no better time to visit the Preserve than during our annual spring festival on April […]

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Kern Valley Autumn Nature & Vulture Festival

September 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off · Birding, Conservation research, Important Bird Areas, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities, Tricolored Blackbird, Uncategorized

Visit Audubon Kern River Preserve on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m – 3 p.m. for the 17th Annual Audubon sponsored Autumn Nature & Vulture Festival. Click here for the schedule of activities. This amazing sanctuary in the southern Sierra Nevada is just 1 hour from Bakersfield.  Maps and directions to the preserve. Share […]

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Free birding class in one of the best birding places ever, Feb. 5

January 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Kern River Preserve, Nature education and activities

The Audubon Kern River Preserve will hold another of its free monthly family nature explorations on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Come learn how to identify the dozens of species of birds in Kern River Valley backyards from Alison Sheehey, Outreach Director at the Audubon Kern River Preserve. More about the class […]

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