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

Monthly Speaker Series:

Our February Monthly Meeting and Speaker Series will be A Birdie Big Year: Elevating Women Birders with Tiffany Kersten. This meeting will be a hybrid, in-person and zoom meeting, held on Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. Members who are able to attend February's meeting will come to the Benicia Public Library located at 150 East L Street Benicia, CA for an in-person meeting. Those viewing from afar or unable to travel in the evening can tune in via Zoom.

About the Program:

Tiffany Kersten didn't set out to do a big year, but after a series of unanticipated and serendipitous events, she suddenly found herself amidst one. As a sexual assault survivor, she spent 2021 traveling to all corners of the Lower 48 States, tallying birds and gifting personal safety alarms to women she met along the way. Her goal was to see 700 species, and to raise awareness of women's safety in the outdoors. Tiffany ended up surpassing her goal and setting a new Lower 48 Big Year record of 726. In her presentation, Tiffany will lead us through the fear,  empowerment, struggles and healing that all played vital roles in the personal growth she experienced on this wild adventure. 

For more details Click on the Event Link Below.

A World on the Wing:

During February we are once again co-sponsoring a presentation with Golden Gate Audubon Society by nationally acclaimed speaker, Scott Weidensaul entitled A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds on Thursday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on this incredible presentation about the wonders of migration.

San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival February 10th- 12th!!

Please join us for the 28th Annual Flyway Festival. The Festival Wildlife Expo takes place at Mare Island where there are a host of Wildlife Exhibits located at Building 34, 1024 Nimitz Ave. Mare Island. For a complete list of Expo events download the Wildlife Expo Schedule: http://www.napasolanoaudubon.com/nsas/docs/FlywayFestWildExpoScheduleFeb10-12.pdf

There are also many Field Trips and Outings throughout the weekend to local birding hotspots including the San Pablo Bay Trail, Mare Island, American Canyon Wetlands, Huichica & Hudeman Marshes, Tubbs Island, Cullinan Ranch, Sears Point/ Sonoma Wetlands Bay Trail, and Lynch Canyon. For a complete list of events download the Festival Outings Schedule: http://www.napasolanoaudubon.com/nsas/docs/FlywayFestivalOutingsSched30Jan2023.pdf

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 February Field Trip will be to Morro Bay on Sunday, February 26th. with leaders from the Morro Coast Audubon Society guiding our trip! The Morning portion will be to Morro Rock: Our leisurely walk will include a visit to both sides of the rock to observe cormorants, pelicans, sea ducks, different species of gulls and a variety of migratory shorebirds. We will look for our resident Peregrine Falcons, as well as land birds occupying the coastal sage scrub on the rock. Our walk will be about 1 mile along a flat dirt path and pavement. We will also visit Morro Strand State Beach: Identification of Shorebirds will be our goal as we walk along Morro Strand and explore the seasonal pools that often have an amazing variety of species. We hope to see gulls, terns, and shorebirds and learn to identify our most common winter visitors. Walk will be on flat beach with some areas of deep sand. Expect to walk 1 – 2 miles at a slow pace. In the afternoon we will visit the MDO/Bluff Trails and campground; We will explore the multiple habitats of the rugged coastal park of Montana de Oro. The walk will follow the sea-bluffs along the south shore of Spooner’s Cove, through coastal sage scrub and south along the rocky coast looking for rock loving shorebirds, sea ducks and raptors. The walk continues along Islay Creek’s riparian habitat into the pine-studded campgrounds to observe passerines, woodpeckers and birds that call our coastal scrublands home. This is a gentle walk of about 1-2 miles along flat trails and paved road and is ADA accessible.

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 Everyone’s 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.

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

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

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