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.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Portrait

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.

Young Birders

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.

The Northern California Council Meeting is coming up soon!

Audubon California has organized five Chapter Councils to represent five distinct regions of California. The Chapter Councils give chapters throughout the state the ability to share news, ideas, concerns, and partnership strategies. This year the Northern California Council will be hosted by Wintu Audubon Society and held at the McConnell Foundation headquarters at Lema Ranch. All chapter leaders and members are invited to attend.

The agenda and specifics of the October 10th meeting as well as the pre-meeting dinner can be found here. If you already know you are going to attend, you can pay the $20 registration fee now, which covers breakfast and lunch at the Saturday meeting. Information on the Friday night dinner and discount hotel rooms can be found here.

The Plight of Cavity Nesting Birds

Western Bluebird Nestlings

Western Bluebird Nestlings Day 1

The latest “BirdWords” article, authored by our webmaster Larry Jordan, is posted on our blog. You can also read it at Redding.com.

Featured Video – Water Ouzel Feeding Nestlings at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Read the entire story (with photos) of the Water Ouzel feeding their nestlings on our blog.

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life”

John Muir