Welcome to Napa Solano Audubon Society!

Our mission is to share the fun of birding, promote conservation and scientific understanding of wild birds and their habitats, and offer engaging, science-based education emphasizing the communities of Napa and Solano counties. Learn more about us

Napa-Solano Audubon's Scholarship Program Application

The NSAS Scholarship Program provides a monetary award of $2,000.00 for one year to a graduating High School student or Community College student in both Napa and Solano Counties who shows a commitment to communicate a love of nature and the need to practice conservation. Our goal is to award two scholarships in 2023, one in Napa County and one in Solano County. Our application is now online and scholarship details can be found at: http://www.napasolanoaudubon.com/nsas/docs/NSAS_2023_Scholarship_Announcement.pdf

NSAS's May 11th Monthly Speaker Series: Spring Birding in Texas with Lucas and Mark Stephenson:

Last year, Lucas and I decided to take on the challenge of birding in Southern Texas for his Spring vacation, in a state he had never before birded. We were delighted to learn that, Connor, one of his best, Young Birder friends, could join us with his grandfather for most of our expedition. Lucas and Connor spent hours researching many of the best southern Texas birding locations. We were off, flying into Houston and traveling to incredible birding meccas from the Southeast Coast along the Louisiana border, to Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast, to the Southern Rio Grande, and inland as far North as San Antonio in search of birds that we had never seen before and the colorful spring migrants passing through the Texas landscape. We will share some of the favorite birding hot spots we visited including Sabine Woods, Anahuac NWR, Bolivar Flats NWR, High Island, Corus Christiís Rose Hill Cemetery, South Padre Island, Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, Salineno Wildlife Preserve, Lost Maples State Natural Preserve, and W.G. Jones State Forest. We will take you on our journey and show some of our best photos of many of the 285 species we observed on our 10 day trip (including nearly 50 life birds). This will be a Hybrid Meeting: with our in-person gathering at the Napa Valley Lutheran Church located at 1796 Elm St. Napa, CA. Zoom details will be sent out via NSAS email.

Weekly Bird Walks:

NSAS sponsors weekly birding walks led by ornithologist Andrew Ford. Andrew will kick off his Fall Weekly Bird Walks on Saturday, September 3rd at American Canyon Wetlands beginning at 8:00 a.m. Join Andrew each Saturday for a Weekly Birding Field Trip. Andrew selects a different walk location each week and announces that location via email sent to nsas_field_trips @napasolanoaudubon.com . Andrew has a wealth of information regarding birds, plants and just about anything else you might happen to come across on the weekly birding trip. Sign up for the Field Trip eBlast on the link entitled "Subscribe to email updates" located in the left hand column of this Homepage and select Interested in Field Trips Announcements. Andrew will send out the weekly destination for each Bird Walk. All Bird walks take place in our near Napa And Solano Counties to help birders become familiar with the local birding hotspots!

Monthly Field Trips:

Our May Field Trip is to Putah Creek with Dr. Manfred Kusch. Dr. Kusch is a life-long birder and professor emeritus from UC Davis in French, Italian and Comparative Literature. We will spend 2 hours exploring along the creek behind Manfredís home and should see many hummingbirds including Black-chinned and Annaís, but possibly some Rufous and Calliope as well. Both species of resident Orioles, Black-head Grosbeaks, Wrens, Flycatchers, Hawks, both species of Towhees, Swallows, Western Bluebirds, and since this is the peak spring migration time, perhaps several species of Warblers, too. Participants should expect a leisurely spring garden walk followed by a walk along about half a mile of Putah Creek that is usually not accessible to public. The trail along the creek is fairly even but with some exposed tree roots especially after the repeated flooding this winter, so participants are advised to walk with care. After leaving Manfredís we will stop at Lake Solano on the way home.

Trips fill up fast so please register for this Field Trip as soon as you receive the eBlast from our Field Trip Coordinators. (Must be a NSAS Member to attend unless space is available). More information can be found in our calendar below.

Stay tuned to our Website and Field Trip eBlasts for information on future field trips. Field Trips will be limited to 12-15 NSAS members to accommodate car caravans. Due to size limitations birding activities will be reserved for Members and only open for non-members if Space Permits. We encourage all non-members to become a Member by clicking on the JOIN Button. Membership only costs $25 for Individuals and $35 for Families. Don't miss out on these great Birding Experiences and become a NSAS Member Today!

For Everyoneís Health and Safety, it is requested that all participants on NSAS Walks and Field Trips be vaccinated. Wearing masks is at the discretion of the Field Trip Leader and are highly recommended when carpooling or in close proximity. In accordance with National Audubon Policies, Field Trips will be taken at your own own risk, and participants must sign the NSAS Release of Liability and Covid Waiver Form on the day of the trip.

Searching for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help lead beginning bird walks for families, once a month in local parks. Please consider helping out with this fun activity. We are also looking for Supporters to assist us with Education Programs in our Schools and Communities and in a number of Citizen Science activities. If you are interested in serving in any of these areas in any capacity, please click on the volunteer opportunities link below or contact Mark Stephenson at NapaBirder@gmail.com for more details.

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We are a registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization.
California tax ID: 94-2375760
Federal tax ID (EIN): 237325783

Wilson's Warbler © 2012 Dave McMullen Green Heron © 2012 Dave McMullen Lewis's Woodpecker © 2014 Dave McMullen Mallards © 2013 Dave McMullen Turkey Vulture © 2013 Dave McMullen

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