The Kern River Preserve and Kern River Valley
continue to receive extensive coverage in many media sources.
Efforts of Kern River Preserve staff have resulted in
exposure many books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and
television. A new chapter in Brad Schram's book A
Birder's Guide to Southern California,
in Huell Howser's program California Gold, in Brighthouse Network's
series in John Kemper's Birding Northern California book,
national exposure on NBC's Today Show and in Audubon
magazine, and excellent California coverage in the Los Angeles Times, in
the San Francisco Examiner, on San Francisco's KGO
Radio, and on Fresno's KMJ Radio.
The hottest topic
has been media stories about the popular Hummingbird and
Turkey Vulture Festivals.
The second hottest topic was the groundwork
laid for the Audubon-California initiated January-June, 2000 Cal-Poly, Pomona planning
project "A VISION FOR THE KERN RIVER WATERSHED: An Ecological and Economic
Strategy." This project aims to lay out a framework for a leading-edge
national model for developing mutually supportive and beneficial environmental/quality of
life protection and economic development.
The American Birding Association (ABA)
released a video on starting and promoting birding festivals highlighting the Kern
Valley Spring Nature Festival.
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second edition of Brad Schram's book "A
Birder's Guide to Southern California"
contains a chapter written by Bob Barnes on birding the Kern River Valley. The
Kern River Preserve is finally recognized as one of California's premier birding
locations. The chapter on birding eastern Kern County by Keith Axelson was also
reprinted. Congratulations to Bob and all of the birder's who benefit from his
extensive knowledge of this area's bird diversity.
Kern River Valley is highlighted on the back cover of John Kemper's Falcon Press Birding
Northern California book. "Between these covers you'll find the land of
redwoods, Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevada, Monterey, Big Sur, Yosemite, the Kern River
Valley, the parks and bays of San Francisco, and lots more. In the text itself, Dr. Kemper
writes, "Kern River Valley must be counted as one of the best birding sites in
California because of its diversity." Since its release in March/April, 1999, several
visitors have come to the Preserve and Valley based on the book's recommendation including
three separate couples from the United Kingdom. As reviews of the book, listing on web
sites, and wide distribution to bookstores in the U.S. and abroad occurs, it is expected
that the number of birders to visit the Kern River Valley in general and the Kern River
Preserve in particular will increase dramatically in 2000 and 2001. Staff of the Kern
River Preserve served as the local contacts for Dr. Kemper during the research phase of
his book preparation.
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In 1999, Audubon published
an article on the Kelso Creek Sanctuary of the Kern River Preserve.
Alaska Airlines: We were interviewed by a
freelance writer for an article on bird migration. The article appeared in the October,
1998, issue of the airlines inflight magazine, Alaska Airlines.
45,000 copies were distributed for multiple readings on all Alaska Airlines flights during
the month of October, 1998. Several paragraphs were devoted to Audubon California, the
Kern Valley, the Kern River Preserve, and bird migration through the southern Sierra/Kern
River watershed area.
In 2004, Birding published an article written by Bob
Barnes and Bob Steele on birding the Kern River Watershed. Visitor's from all
over the world have traveled here as a result.
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Kern River Preserve press releases
and contacts resulted in articles that appeared in, among others, the Bakersfield
Californian, Kern Valley Sun, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco
Examiner. Articles included those on controlled burns for habitat restoration,
the Spring Nature Festival, Turkey Vultures, the Vulture Festival, and Audubon's
watershed planning effort meant to mutually benefit the economy and environment.
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In 1999, Kern River Preserve press releases
and contacts resulted in interviews including those by San Francisco's KGO
and Fresno's KMJ.
In 1998, Reed Tollefson, Manager of the Kern
River Preserve, was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) on the
subjects of Turkey Vultures and the 4th Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival. The
program was evidently heard around the U.S. as a spin-off interview on the same subjects
was given to a Cincinnati, Ohio, country/western radio station by Bob Barnes, Audubon
Californias Director of Outreach for the Kern River Valley.
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Bakersfield Cable Network -
a special segment for their "On A Tankful"
series about nature tourism within Kern County.
They closed the 1/2 special with an interview of
Outreach Director, Alison Sheehey, about the
wonders of the Kern River Preserve.
Special on Audubon
California's Kern River Preserve in Autumn 2006.
Bob Barnes introduced Huell to this wonderful valley
and he immediately fell in love with the place. One of our
bird feeders, Chloe Kennedy was interviewed along with an
excited Marcela Freerks (our former SCEP employee)
photographing her first bobcat.
In 1999, National Audubon Society, Kern River
Preserve press releases and contacts resulted in stories on NBC's Today Show (Willard
Scott) and television stations in Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo. Mr. Scott promoted the
Kern Valley Vulture Festival during a weather segment on Wednesday, September 22nd.
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#1. In 1999, the American Birding Association
(ABA) and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
produced a video promoting birding festivals throughout the United States. The Kern
Valley Spring Nature Festival was selected as one of twofour festivals to
highlight. Arrangements for the videographers April 1998 field visit was coordinated
by Audubon California, the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Forest Service.
#2. The Jackson County, OR, School Service
District (serving three Oregon counties) came to the 1997 Kern Valley Vulture Festival as
part of a video project on Turkey Vultures. The completed twenty minute videos last
five minutes feature the Vulture Festival and Kern Valley Vulture Count. The Kernville
Chamber of Commerce is listed in the credits at the end of the video.
#3. In summer 2008, Coneflower Productions filmed
Black-chinned and Anna's Hummingbirds for a new series due out in late 2009 or
early 2010 for Nature with a working title of "New Discoveries in Hummingbird
Science". They have been filming hummingbirds around the western
hemisphere since March 2008, so far they have been to British Columbia, Oregon,
Arizona, Peru and Dominica. They will continue filming in North Carolina, Chile,
Venezuela and Brazil.
#4. In Autumn 2011, Out and About with Roger Martin filmed a
segment on Audubon Kern River Preserve's annual Fall Nature and Vulture
Festival. Vulture Count co-founder, Sean Rowe, and Outreach Director, Alison
Sheehey were interviewed.
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