Weldon, CA – The
Bird Count (GBBC) is almost here! It starts
on Friday, February 18,
and continues through Monday, February 21. It's easy
and fun to participate. Just watch birds for at least 15
minutes at any location on one or more days of the count and
report the highest number of each species you see together
at one time. There will be a
workshop on beginning
bird watching on Saturday, February 12th
from 9am-11am at Audubon's Kern River Preserve
in preparation for the GBBC.
Come on out to the Preserve
on Saturday morning to learn
basic bird identification and how to set-up
an online GBBC account. We will identify and count the birds
in a discrete area (it doesn't just have to be a backyard).
Then you will be taught how to will upload the results live
onto the GBBC website. You can upload checklists from the
preserve, your backyard or anyplace that you bird for at
least 15 minutes in one day over the four
days of the GBBC. You can upload multiple
checklists from different locations each day.
The Saturday event will be a five-part interactive workshop.
(Any element may be dropped for time if needed)
1. Binocular use
(please bring your binoculars if you have them... we have some to
borrow if you don't own a pair). Many people find it frustrating to
see through binoculars. There are four simple yet critical steps to
make it a joyous experience. You will be taken through these steps.
2. Watching birds
and seeing field marks are two different things. Many of us learn to
see the whole bird and put a name on it. That works but takes a long
time. Learn how to observe different parts of birds to create the
whole picture and then use a field guide to find the bird.
3. After learning
how to use a field guide… take a walk with an expert, learn birding
etiquette and get help identifying any species seen.
We will then learn how to document the birds you
see and set-up an online account to the Great Backyard Bird Count
Participants will then be able to upload to the GBBC website
during any of the four days of the Great Backyard Bird Count.
For more information and
birding tips visit the
GBBC website. You must do your bird
counts over the four days of the GBBC but you have
until March 1 to enter your information through the
GBBC website and to send them your entries for the GBBC
Looking to find out about the birds in your area? Visit
Home’s Birds to Help website for some tips. Tips are
organized according to setting—urban, suburban, or rural.
For more information
Monthly events are
free and appropriate for ages 5 and up. All interested persons
(children are welcome but those under 14 must be accompanied by an
All events are held outdoors at the Audubon
Kern River Preserve headquarters. Please dress for cold to warm
weather, bring drinks, a picnic lunch, sunscreen and bug spray.
Binoculars, camera and a field guide are always a good idea if you
For more information
please contact us at 1-(760) 378-2531 or
Directions to the
18747 Highway 178
Weldon, CA 93283
On State Highway 178, the preserve is 57 miles east of Highway 99 in
Bakersfield and 30 miles west of Highway 14 near Inyokern.
Look for a large Audubon California sign at the entrance to the Kern
The entrance is 100 feet west of Kelso Valley Road.
Turn on the dirt easement road… drive 0.2 miles to the parking area
inside the forest.
Look for Lake Isabella on a map if you are coming from outside the
About Audubon Kern River Preserve
The Kern River Preserve is managed by
Audubon California for the preservation of one of California’s
largest contiguous cottonwood-willow riparian forests and the
wildlife it supports.
Audubon Kern River Preserve supporters provide financial and volunteer support for Preserve outreach, education, wildlife habitat protection & stewardship.