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We wanted to update you on som positive developments on Tesla

(From Friends of Tesla):


As you know with your active help we have been working since 2015 to gain the support of Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker for Tesla preservation, including the opportunity presented by Altamont Landfill Open Space Committee (ALOSC) to buy-back/purchase the Tesla Park land from State Parks.   
Last week Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker sent a letter to Director Mangat at the State Parks Department supporting the buy-back/purchase proposal which the ALOSC presented to State Parks by letter in October 2016.   This is a very important step to push for State Parks to change its policy with regard to Tesla and act on the ALOSC opportunity.
We request your help to thank Senator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker for their support of the ALOSC Tesla buy-back/purchase proposal and to continue to advocate for their full support for Tesla preservation.


Please read the press release and more information on the Save Tesla Park Website here: http://www.teslapark.org/?p=2385

and send a thank you to Sentator Glazer and Assembly Member Baker. 



This is the second Action Alert we need help with NOW. Our efforts were successful and Senate Bill 249 passed the Senate Transportation Committee in April! SB 249 is close to passing the Appropriations Committee, and it must pass this committee for the entire Senate to vote in June. (Please see the details of this bill in the latest issue of the Kite Call.). A sample email is included below.


This week, Senators across the state of California need to hear our urgent call for continued support of this bill.
The State Parks' off-highway vehicle program needs reform! That's become evident from the work to help protect the Tesla wildlands near Livermore from expanded off-road vehicle use by the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).

 Please contact your Senator by 12:00 noon, Wednesday May 24, to support Senate Bill 249.
The OHV lobby has continued aggressively contacting legislators. We need to counter the OHV lobbying with a large number of calls and emails to Senators before the next vote on Thursday, May 25.
Contact your Senators now.


Senator Robert Wieckowski, Senator District 10 - southern Alameda county,Castro Valley, Hayward, Union city, Newark, Fremont via http://sd10.senate.ca.gov/contact or 510-794-3900
Senator Nancy Skinner, Senator District 9 -San Leandro, Berkeley, Oakland:
via http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact or  (510) 286-1333
Senator Steve Glazer, Senate District 7 -Pleasanton, Livermore
via http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact or (925) 258-1176
Senator Bill Dodd, Senate District 3 – Martinez (and cities north):
via http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/contact or (707) 551-2389
Contact these other two California Senators with key votes:


Senator Kevin de Leon, Senate President Pro Tempore:
via http://sd24.senate.ca.gov/contact/email or (916) 651-4024
Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of Appropriations Committee:
via http://sd33.senate.ca.gov/contact or (916) 651-4033

Please mention SB 249 in the title, such as ""Please support SB 249 - OHV Reform":
I live in your district, at [YOUR CITY]. I am contacting you to ask for your support of SB 249, the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Reform Legislation, which has been introduced by Senator Ben Allen.
The OHMVR division is failing to adequately enforce “tread lightly” rules, even on lands that OHMVR grants go to help protect. Damage from OHV is outpacing our ability and resources to repair it. For example, in “Trails Only Riding” designated areas at Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area, the park cannot adequately control riding or close and restore damaged areas quickly enough to prevent further environmental damage. I am also surprised to hear that my fuel taxes go to OHV parks, whether or not I use them.
Please support SB 249. It will address enforcement issues, distribute state fuel tax money more equitably between motorized and non-motorized recreational uses, and add important requirements and transparency to conservation and wildlife protection measures.
I urge you to support Senate Bill 249.






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




2017 IMBD T-Shirts


IMBD 2017 copy

We’ve received the 2017 International Migratory Bird Day catalog and we’d like to order some for our members. Again this year, in addition to the regular t-shirt style, they are offering a women’s fit shirt with a deeper neckline. To offer these to our members at a reasonable price, we must order a minimum of 24 shirts. Please let me know if you would like to participate in this order by either calling me, 510/537-0311 or e-mailing me at dennismonaAToutlook.com with the number of shirts you would like, whether you prefer the standard style or women’s fit, and what sizes. The cost per shirt will be $16.00. (Add $2.00 for XXL). I need these orders by April 10th.  You can also sign up to order at our membership meetings on April 4.  The t-shirt color is island reef with the  major design on the back and one bird on the front. - Mona Brauer 







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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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