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.


One of the Nesting Osprey at Anderson River Park

Urgent Alert: List the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act

Tricolored Blackbird

The future of California’s beloved Tricolored Blackbird is in question. Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission advanced this species as a candidate for protection under the California Endangered Species Act. Now, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting comments on whether this the Tricolored Blackbird deserves protection.

Fortunately, Audubon members have a say in saving the Tricolored Blackbird. The Department is receiving comments on whether the bird needs protections until June 1st. Their findings will be the basis for the Commission’s ultimate decision on protections for this California species.

Please send emails to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife today, demanding the Tricolored Blackbird receive California’s endangered species status. We’ve set it up to make sending this email very easy – it will just take a moment. Send your comments by clicking here

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. During the Turtle Bay construction, we will meet at Venture Properties, the first left before the Convention Center (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 various locations. 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. Check the Calendar Page for more information.

NOTE: Steady or heavy rain cancels bird walks.

Green Herons: Flying Footballs

Green Heron

The latest “BirdWords” article, authored by Dan Greaney, is posted on our blog.

Featured Video – Anna’s, Rufous & Calliope Hummingbirds

We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”

Rachel Carson