About Us

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.

Trumpeter Swan Adult and Immature

Trumpeter Swan Adult and Immature at Chico Oxidation Ponds

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.

Kids Birding at Turtle Bay

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.

California Native Plant Society’s 5th Garden Tour

Once again, Wintu Audubon will have a table at one of the gardens as a special feature to help identify birds, distribute literature and point out native plants that are attractive to birds.

The tour will feature 5 gardens that use native plants and other drought-tolerant species in their landscaping. The self guided tour is a very interesting way to spend a Saturday – and for only $5.00! Tickets with garden locations are available at Wintour Gardens, Creekside Gardens and Gold Leaf Nursery. If you go on the tour, be sure and stop by Garden number 4 where the Audubon table will be. If you would like to assist at the table, call Linda Aldrich at 223-5341.

You can get more information on this event here.

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.

Brant Goose

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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