Ohlone Audubon Society

Serving Southern and Eastern Alameda County


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Over 40 prominent San Francisco Bay scientists have released a joint statement calling for the permanent protection of the Newark Area 4 Baylands, describing the at-risk lands in Newark as “simply one of the most important, unprotected wetland ecosystems remaining, and one of the region’s best opportunities to employ nature-based solutions to combat climate change and ensure a resilient Bay Area.”
Read more from wetlands scientists Dr. Lynne Trulio and Dr. John Callaway in their Bay Nature magazine opinion piece announcing the scientists’ statement:
✏️ Then take action at http://SaveNewarkWetlands.org to join the scientists’ in supporting the protection of Newark Area 4 and its inclusion in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.




Up to two-thirds of North American birds are vulnerable to extinction due to climate change. Thousands of people asked Audubon how they could help respond to this and Climate Watch was born. Since 2016, Climate Watch volunteers have collected data which Audubon scientists use to determine how birds are responding to climate change by shifting their ranges. Volunteers survey birds in their area using specific protocols developed by Audubon. Anyone with an interest in helping birds can participate. The Climate Watch program in our area is being coordinated by Golden Gate Audubon. If you want to help this effort, contact David Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To learn more about Climate Watch go to the Audubon website at https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch




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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Interested in conservation for birds and other species habitats in Alameda County? Ohlone Audubon Society tracks these efforts and provides input where possible to ensure conservation issues are addressed.  Now you can participate by signing up for our email list serve that will send Action Alerts when you can provide letters or phone calls to support these efforts.  Sign up below! Ohlone Audubon will NEVER share your email with others and Alerts will only be sent on an as needed basis. Enter your email address below to start participating in local conservation efforts!


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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!






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








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 30+ years 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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