The Wintu Audubon Society, founded in 1975, is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Redding and the Shasta County area. The mission of the Wintu Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. We promote enjoyment of the natural environment through education and interactive programs.
Wintu Audubon wants you!
Volunteer opportunities/chapter needs:
- Leading field trips – one or two trips a year
- Education – outreach to youth and adults
- Website – website contributions and maintenance
- Conservation – monitoring areas of interest for possible chapter action
- Board Membership – help guide the direction of the chapter
The chapter supports creative contributions. Contact: Webmaster@WintuAudubon.org for more information!
Please join us at our general meetings which are held the second Tuesday of the month at the United Way meeting room at 7 p.m. from September through May. The United Way is at 2280 Benton Drive, building B, next to the Senior Citizens and River Trail parking lot North of the Diestlehorst Bridge. See map
You’re invited to join us on our Saturday and Weekday Bird Walks. Youth/Beginning Bird Walks are designed for youth, grades 4-8 and up, and beginners of all ages. We have binoculars to share. Meet at the concrete monolith at Turtle Bay (map) on the first Saturday of every month year-round, 9-11a.m., to learn the birds of our home town. Youth must be accompanied or signed in by an adult. Check the Calendar page for details.
Our Second Saturday Bird Walks meet at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month except July and August. The September, October, April, May and June bird walks take place at Shasta College where we meet in Shasta College’s north parking lot. See map. The November, December, January, February and March walks take place at Turtle Bay and meet at the Turtle Bay Monolith. Local Weekday Bird Walks are held once a month on weekdays. All Second Saturday Bird Walks and Local Weekday Bird Walks are open to the public.
NOTE: Steady or heavy rain cancels bird walks.
Help Defend the Coastal California Gnatcatcher
The latest attempt by some Southern California developers to have the Coastal California Gnatcatcher removed from protections under the Endangered Species Act is pretty outrageous – they claim the bird doesn’t even exist!
The delisting petition sponsored by these developers relies on a single recent study claiming that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is not a genetically unique subspecies. But most avian experts say that the study isn’t nearly enough to overturn than a hundred years’ worth of research to the contrary. Moreover, they point out that the new study cherry picks genetic data and downplays significant visible differences and this study has yet to be independently verified.
The fact that the Coastal California Gnatcatcher is a distinct subspecies worthy of protection was established in 1993 at the time of the original listing, and confirmed by an expert panel convened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2004 – and there’s nothing in this latest petition that casts doubt on that determination.
Now is not the time to abandon this delicate species. The Coastal California Gnatcatcher is still under tremendous threat. Large portions of its range do not have habitat conservation plans in place, and the Coastal California Gnatcatcher continues to lose habitat to development, repetitive fires, and the spread of inhospitable non-native plants.
Not only is the California Gnatcatcher a magnificent bird worthy of protection, it is also inextricably linked to the rich coastal sage scrub of southern California, an enduring remnant of our wild coast that is now the most endangered habitat type in North America. Some researchers estimate that as little as 10 percent of California’s original coastal sage scrub habitat remains today. If we lose the bird, we will lose so much more with it.
Help defend the Coastal California Gnatcatcher today! Send a letter to the US Department of the Interior.
Help Save Pacific Flyway Birds in Humboldt Bay
We need your help to protect one of California’s most important places for birds.
Located in the far northwestern corner of California, Humboldt Bay is a globally significant Important Bird Area. The dense eelgrass beds and mudflats of Humboldt Bay support an incredible 60% of migrating Pacific Brant Geese, as well as between 10% to 20% of all wintering Marbled Godwits, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, and Willets, plus tens of thousands of other wintering shorebirds.
Now a seafood company wants to convert more than 600 acres of healthy eelgrass in Humboldt Bay to oyster farming. This massive project would convert more than 10% of Humboldt Bay’s eelgrass to oyster farming. This is also the most vital area for Pacific herring in the Bay. The Bay’s Pacific herring run – one of the largest on the West Coast – provides essential food for Surf Scoters, scaup, wigeon, Western Grebes, Clark’s Grebes, Brandt’s Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, and many other species. These eelgrass beds are recognized by federal and state agencies as Essential Fish Habitat, vital for herring, salmon, Dungeness crab and other commercially important fish.
The State Department of Fish and Wildlife is critical of the project, noting that “a multitude of significant, unavoidable environmental impacts are likely to occur” and that “it would likely affect several bird species.”
Please send your email to the Humboldt Bay Harbor Commission today, asking them to reject the seafood company’s proposal to expand aquaculture farming operations in Humboldt Bay. Any change to existing operations must be subject to comprehensive environmental review.
Please take action now by sending an email to Richard Marks, Humbolt Bay Harbor Commission President
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Wintu Audubon Society Thanks the Redding Rancheria Community Fund
We wish to thank the Redding Rancheria Community Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation for their generous grant allowing us to redesign our website. With their contribution we were able to create a more interactive website giving our readers greater access to events and opportunities in our community and beyond.