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The Board of Directors would like members opinion on a matter that has come before them. The proposal is to benefit the efforts of the John Muir Land Trust to buy the Almond Ranch. Below is a summary from the John Muir Land Trust website.

John Muir Land Trust is actively raising funds to acquire Almond Ranch, a top priority
of land conservaproverbial “missing piece” --- a place at the heart of the open space we
have worked so hard together to protect. If we succeed, the ranch will expand a preserve
of vital natural resources and establish a hub that connects major trails and adjacent landscapes for the very first time. The trust has raised $3.75 million of the $4 million purchase price. If they fail, the property will be sold for development.

The proposal is as follows: for every membership that approves this benefit to support the purchase of the Almond Ranch by John Muir Land Trust, Ohlone Audubon will donate $25.00 to this cause. For example, if 100 membership households approve of the proposal, Ohlone Audubon would send the John Muir Land Trust a check for $2,500.

The board will cut off this effort on December 15th, 2019.

If you approve of this proposal, please send an email to either Mona Brauer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Gail Ryujin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email can state, "I approve of the proposal to send $25 to the John Muir Land Trust." Please sign your name.
If the John Muir Land Trust reach their goal of $4 million before we finish our survey, we would not send a check.

Thank you for your input.
Ohlone Audubon Board of Directors

ED NOTE: see original article October 1 to November 15, 2018 Kite Call.



It was decided that due to minimal use of the books held in our Bette Wentzel library, we donated the collection to the Oakland Museum for their annual white elephant sale. Ohlone volunteers Gail Ryujin, Marty Morrow, Debbi Brusco, Evelyn Cormier, Allen & Jackie Bertillion, Bill Scoggins, Stephanie Floyd, and Mona Brauer spent several hours boxing up twenty-one boxes of books to prepare for the delivery to the museum. A special thanks goes to Helen Sowers for storing these books at her home for severalyears. We also want to thank all members who have donated  books in the past to this library. 




2016 Ohlone Hats


We had a new batch of our popular OAS caps made and will still be offering them for $10.  Protect yourself from those UV rays with the beautifully embroidered White-tailed Kite.  Hats will be available for sale at our monthly membership meetings, field trips, or from Mona Brauer. You can contact her directly to make other arrangements at dennismona AT outlook.com. or by phone at  510/537-0311.










Great article in California Audublog about the amazing efforts, and insights, of our very own Evelyn Cormier: http://ca.audubon.org/news/evelyn-cormier-bird-protector-climate-activist-and-general-busybody




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Federal Wildlife Conservation StampWCStamp1

Among birders and wildlife watchers, there’s little disagreement about supporting our 560 National Wildlife Refuges, along with the habitat and wildlife they sustain. Most wildlife watchers are anxious to contribute their resources toward that end. Disagreements tend to occur, however, when the subject of the Federal Duck Stamp arises. A Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp would provide a robust, parallel revenue stream for National Wildlife Refuges, preserving habitat and wildlife, while giving non-extractive users a funding tool and a stronger voice in habitat and wildlife decisions on our shared, public lands.  A 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted 71.1 million wildlife watchers in the U.S., and 13.7 million hunters. Wildlife watchers outnumber hunters significantly, and they spend $55 billion dollars each year in the pursuit of wildlife activities. In other words, there is a large and enthusiastic source of untapped revenue from wildlife watchers, one that could be rendered viable through this dedicated funding stream.


WildlifeConservationStamp.org is a collaborative effort to promote a new wildlife stamp and funding stream for our National Wildlife Refuges. Supporters are composed of birders, photographers, conservationists, wildlife rehabilitators, scientists, teachers and artists joined by a common passion and concern for our nation’s wildlife and wild habitats.


Ohlone Audubon Society joins Mount Diablo, Palomar, Plumas, Wintu and Fresno Chapters to endorse the Wildlife Conservation Stamp program.  


To learn more about the program and how you can support this effort visit WildlifeConservationStamp.org.  




Why Birds Matter


Watch this great video as Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold opens a window into the wonderful world of birds - and what Audubon is doing to protect them.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlQorS7KIJ4




Recording Nest Data

During the breeding season we will all make observations of birds on nests. That information contributes to our knowledge of bird distribution. You can participate in producing a country-wide breeding bird atlas. Ebird has developed an excellent way to make a national breeding bird atlas, each year, every year! It is a fantastic tool for us to record all of our nesting observations and contribute to citizen science. Ebird coordinators are currently working on this information being searchable. Until then, start populating the database so your 2012 data will be useful!

Ebird is so easy to use!


  1. Go to http://ebird.org/ebird.
  2. Sign Up (takes under 5 minutes) – one time sign up.'
  3. Submit Observations (very intuitive, no training is really necessary).
  4. After you enter the number of birds sighted at a location, either use the shortcut (one click on the space bar) or mouse over to the "details" section and click on the "details" tab.
  5. Click on the "Breeding Observation" tab.
  6. Select the best code.


Happy E-Birding!




Volunteer at Alviso Community Park


Ohlone Audubon has had the pleasure of having our June membership meetings at Alvison Community Park in Pleasanton. The park plays a big part in the city's nature education. Helping with this effort would be a good deed benefiting Pleasanton, children, the natural world and yourself. Here is an invitation to do a lot of good.


There are many volunteers at the park that contribute in many different ways. For example:


  • Gardening volunteers work to beautify the park or to work in our native garden.
  • Assist with Environmental Education Programs which are offered to elementary schools from Pleasanton and nearby cities. These programs are typically held each Thursday and Friday during the school year and cover such topic as Ohlone culture and history, archaeology, astronomy and plant and animal studies.
  • Volunteers are also assigned to assist at our special events on weekends such as the Annual Ladybug Release or Halloween celebration.
  • Depending upon the type of opportunity, your time commitment will vary from a flexible hour or two a month for gardening volunteers to a regular weekly or monthly schedule for program volunteers.

You can find our volunteer opportunities by visiting www.myvolunteerpage.com and searching for Pleasanton. You will be directed to the Lend A Hand Tri Valley site which lists all volunteer opportunities for the City of Pleasanton.


If you have any questions or need additional information please contact:

Stephanie Carman
Alviso Adobe Community Park
City of Pleasanton
Phone (925)931-3479



Inside Bay Area Article Featuring Ohlone Audubon's Own - Phil Gordon




Excellent article about OAS's Education Chair, avid birder and overall naturalist. 

Download the Inside Bay Area Article here:  One-time "Boy Paleontologist" is now senior volunteer











Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Settlement


Golden Gate Audubon, Santa Clara Valley Audubon, Mt. Diablo Audubon, Ohlone Audubon, and Marin Audubon joined the Attorney General's Office in negotiating the agreement that addresses the state's need for renewable wind energy and the state's obligation to protect resident and migratory birds.  Under terms of the settlement, 2,400 turbines on the hills of the Altamont Pass operated by NextEra will be replaced in the next four years or shut down completely by Nov. 1, 2015.


Read the full artciles online at:

The Independent Newspaper

CBS Local




The Bette Wentzel Memorial Garden


Ohlone Audubon designed and built the beautiful Bette Wentzel Hummingbird and Butterfly garden in memory of our former president. It was sited in Shinn Park, Fremont many years ago. The garden was designed with plants to attract butterflies and


All beautiful gardens need help and we are responsible for the upkeep of ours. We meet each Tuesday morning with the Heirloom Garden Club at 9:30 a. m. to do maintenance work, followed by tea and cookies at noon.


More information can be found on the OAS Garden webpage.




Feather River Trust Viewing Platform


Ohlone Audubon Society congratulates the Feather River Trust on the creation and placement of the viewing platform at Sierra Valley. The unique design was dictated by the regulations and requirements of the governing bodies. A permanent platform was impossible so the wheeled version fills the bill admirably. Connecting to the platform are hiking trails enabling a closer look at the thousands of avian visitors to this great basin wetland on the east side of the Sierra.


OAS individuals and field trip groups have visited the area frequently over the past 30years and OAS donated to help produce the platform. A photo of the viewing platform is available in our August 2010 Kite Call.


Don Emery, Editor




Trust helping to preserve ranchlands -- and wildlife


Local rancher Tim Koopmann's efforts to preserve open rangeland in the Bay Area is highlighted in this article from the Bay Area News Group.  Tim has hosted several Ohlone Audubon bird walks to see nesting tree swallows, western bluebirds,  golden eagles and more on his ranch.


Download the Inside the Bay Area article here: Trust helping to preserve ranchlands -- and wildlife

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