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SAN JOAQUIN
  AUDUBON SOCIETY

A California Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Serving the communities of Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Escalon, Ripon, and Lathrop--All of San Joaquin County.

 

Upcoming Field Trips & Programs 2017

Membership Programs


TUESDAY, September 12

Jim Rowoth and Pat Paternostro
“Fall and Winter Birding Tips for Enjoying our Monthly Field Trips”

Our fall kick-off program will highlight local birding hotspots.  Please join Pat Paternostro and Jim Rowoth as they discuss upcoming arrivals, wintering birds, what to expect when you’re expecting (to bird), and local specialties!  Jim will also discuss the eBird app and how to use it.

Pat is currently President-elect of the San Joaquin Audubon Society and is originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  He has been birding since he was twelve, and his hobbies include birding, hiking and fly-fishing.

Jim is originally from Missouri, lived in Stockton since 1982, where he actively took up birding. No formal education in the biological sciences, but active in local birding community since late 1980s, has birded both nationally and internationally, especially since retirement from Social Security Administration almost 3 years ago.  Loves birding new places and seeing new birds, as well as seeing our local birds in far-flung places. Long time SJAS board member and past president, has compiled the Stockton CBC since the 1990s, active field trip leader for years.

PLEASE NOTE DATE AND TIME CHANGE FOR OCTOBER MEETING!

MONDAY, October 23  7:00 p.m.


Reflecting on Nearly 50 years in the Outdoor Media-An evening of Discussion with Pete Ottesen

This is our annual joint meeting with the Sierra Club. Pete Ottesen is an award winning outdoor writer and educator.

Reflecting on Nearly 50 years in the Outdoor Media --An evening of Discussion with Pete Ottesen Please bring your thoughts and questions to discuss with Pete Ottesen at our annual joint meeting with the Sierra Club and Audubon. Many of us have read his columns over the years and enjoyed his ability to share his love of the outdoors with us. Peter Ottesen is an award winning outdoor writer who, since 1970, produced outdoors columns, news stories and photographs for major newspapers, magazines and television documentaries.

In 1986, he was a founding director of the Outdoor Writers Association of California and he has won every first-place writing award the organization presents annually including Writer of the Year in 1995. Pete Ottesen has engaged in many conservation causes such as defending the Bay-Delta striped bass resource from "million dollar" fishing contests. Following the toxic disaster at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge he documented the need for an adequate supply of goodquality, well-timed water for the Grassland Ecological Area and Central Valley Refuges that helped create the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992. He was involved in the ongoing saga of acquiring an adequate supply of good-quality Central Valley Project water for the Grassland Ecological Area and Central Valley Refuges, benefiting more than 350 wildlife species. Currently he demonstrates commitment to the state's natural resources as a partner owning more than 2,800 acres of Central Valley and Delta wetlands and uplands--all dedicated as habitat in perpetuity to benefit more than 350 species of wildlife. As a 35-year administrator of the San Joaquin CountyOffice of Education, he served as director of Public Information and the resident Outdoor School known as "science camp". Over the years he enabled more than 350,000 fifth/sixth grade children to attend camp for Ottesen has taken more than 350,000 fifth/sixth-grade children for five days and four nights to the Santa Cruz Mountains. With a soft spot for the the less fortunate, he initiated the regional “Kids Catch A Smile” fishing program for physically challenged children. In 2003 he was elected to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame for his passionate writing about traditional outdoor sports--hunting, fishing hiking and conservation. Upon his retirement from public education that year, he was named California Schoolmaster of the Year. In 2004 he was elected to the California Outdoors Hall of Fame--one of only 20 members at the time--that included Ansel Adams and John Muir. In 2015 he was elected "Conservationist of the Year" by the Lodi Crane Festival. His impact on the public has been far reaching and long lasting.   



FIELD TRIPS
Bad weather (rain, dense fog, strong winds) cancels trips

September 2017

SATURDAY, September 2Introductory Birding
      Join leader Pat Paternostro at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.


SATURDAY, September 9Cosumnes River Preserve
     Join leader Jim Rowoth (487-3489 or rowoth@sbcglobal.net) for the monthly River Walk bird count through the varied habitats of the CRP.  Meet Jim at the visitor center on Franklin Rd. Check website www.cosumnes.org for last minute updates.  Double check with Jim for start time.


SATURDAY, September 16— Woodbridge Wilderness Area
      Join leader Pat Paternostro for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m. 


SUNDAY, September 17 Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.


WEDNESDAY, September 20Ripon Oak Grove & Sewage Ponds
     Join leader Jim Rowoth for a visit to this 55 acre park on the banks of the Stanislaus River in Ripon. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Toot Sweets, (northwest corner of March Lane
and Quail Lakes Drive in Stockton) to carpool, or in Ripon at 7:30 a.m.  If driving yourself, from Hwy 99, take the Main St. exit in Ripon to S. Stockton Rd. and go south. Before S. Stockton Rd. curves to the west and changes to Doak Blvd., pass the Diamond Pet Food plant on the left, and take the next driveway on your left to the unpaved parking area. Bring drinks and repellent. Call Jim (209) 487-3489 or email at rowoth@sbcglobal.net) with any questions.


SATURDAY, September 23Birds & Fall Colors of Hope Valley
     Bring your camera and capture the Sierra Aspens as they change their colors from green to GOLD, plus Sierra BIRDS. Meet leader Joanne Katanic at 7:00 am at Hwy.12 and 99 (Victor Rd.) Park 'n Ride in Lodi. Bring a lunch.

October 2017

SUNDAY, October 1 Bear Creek Bike Trail
Join leader Susan Schneider for this easy 2-mile walk featuring riparian and marsh habitat.  Extra binoculars and field guides will be available. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Michael Faklis Park which is off Cosumnes Dr. near Mokelumne Circle, SW of I5/Eight Mile Road interchange

SATURDAY, October 7Introductory Birding Field Trip
     Join leader Liz West at the north end of Laurel Ave. in Lodi (on the east side of Lodi Lake Park, off of Turner Rd.) at 8:00 a.m.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome, but the focus will be on birding fundamentals. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available.


SATURDAY, October 14 - Woodbridge Wilderness Area
    Join leader Susan Schneider for our monthly census of this small riparian park on the banks of the Mokelumne River.  Meet at the north end of Meadowlark Lane in Woodbridge at 8:00 a.m.


SATURDAY, October 21Cosumnes River Preserve / River Walk
     Join leader Jim Rowoth (487-3489 or rowoth@sbcglobal.net) for the monthly River Walk bird count through the varied habitats of the CRP.  Meet Jim at the visitor center on Franklin Rd. Check website www.cosumnes.org for last minute updates.  Double check with Jim for start time.


SUNDAY, October 22 Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
     Join leaders Liz West and Joanne Katanic for our monthly census of this lovely little riparian area below Camanche Dam.  Meet the leaders in the fish hatchery parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

 

Mokelumne River Monthly Bird Census 2017

MOKELUMNE RIVER DAY USE AREA
Contact Liz West for more information at 209-351-1232. 

 

Cosumnes River Preserve Monthly Census

Please check Cosumnes River Preserve website for current River Walk and Tall Forest schedules.

 

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