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.

Bushtit Male Collecting Nesting Material

Bushtit Male Collecting Nesting Material

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 all of our Bird Walks. Youth/Beginning Bird Walks are designed for youth, grades 4-8 and up, and beginners of all ages.  We supply binoculars and field guides. NOTE NEW MEETING PLACE! We assemble at the Monolith parking lot next to the new Sheraton Hotel at Turtle Bay on the first Saturday of every month September through June, 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 are held at various locations on the second Saturday of each month and our Local Weekday Bird Walks are held once a month on Thursdays. Most months we also offer a full day outing, usually to a destination out of town. All of these activities are open to the public; however due to high temperatures and low bird activity, these bird walks are suspended during the months of July and August. Check the Calendar Page for more information.

NOTE: Steady or heavy rain cancels bird walks.

Anna’s, Rufous and Calliope: Hummingbirds of the West

Calliope Hummingbird Male

Check out the latest article by our webmaster, Larry Jordan, on our blog!

Defend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Peregrine Falcon in Flight

Peregrine Falcon in Flight

This year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), our most important bird protection law is under attack. Legislation in Congress (HR 4239), and a new interpretation of the law by the administration, would end the ability to hold industries accountable for bird deaths.

These proposals would prevent enforcement of “incidental” bird deaths, removing incentives for companies to adopt practices that protect birds from threats such as oil waste pits, and eliminating penalties for companies that kill substantial numbers of birds, including from large oil spills.

Urge your members of Congress and the Department of the Interior to uphold the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Blue-winged Teal Preening

Human beings are not the center of the universe, and if they are to sustain themselves, it is vitally important for them to be awakened to how closely they are linked with the rest of nature.

Wynn Bullock