Welcome to Napa Solano Audubon Society!

Our mission is to share the fun of birding, promote conservation and scientific understanding of wild birds and their habitats, and offer engaging, science-based education emphasizing the communities of Napa and Solano counties. Learn more about us

Napa-Solano Audubon's Wildlife Science Scholarship Program

The NSAS Scholarship Program provides a monetary award of $2,000.00 for one year to a graduating High School student or Community College student in both Napa and Solano Counties who shows a commitment to communicate a love of nature and the need to practice conservation. Our goal is to award two scholarships in 2023, one in Napa County and one in Solano County. We are proud to announce that this year's Scholarship winners are Haley Van Sloten a graduate of Rodriguez High School and Robert St. Jacques a graduate from Benicia High School.

NSAS's Next Monthly Speaker Series: Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.: Biking for Birds with Dorian Anderson

This will be a Hybrid Meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.: with our in-person gathering at the Napa Valley Lutheran Church located at 1796 Elm St. Napa, CA. Zoom details will be sent out via NSAS email. On January 1st, 2014, Dorian Anderson boarded his bicycle for what would prove the adventure of a lifetime. His two-wheeled permutation was an eco-friendly twist on the Big Year classic, a year-long project during which a birdwatcher tries to observe as many species as possible. While his predecessors utilized cars, planes, boats, and even helicopters, Anderson’s goal was to replicate their transcontinental efforts without the use of petroleum, a herculean challenge no one before him had accepted. He ultimately survived subzero temperatures, many feet of snow, gusting winds, lightning storms, mountainous ascents, dog attacks, crumbling roads, and accidents of various sorts in the process of amassing 18,000 miles and 618 species, totals no one imagined possible when he departed Massachusetts without an ounce of relevant cycling experience. Come join us for this inspiring presentation!

Monthly Field Trips: Friday, September 15th to Bolinas Lagoon with Leader, Rich Cimino

Our First Monthly Field Trip of the Fall will be on Friday, September 15th to Bolinas Lagoon with Leader, Rich Cimino. Bolinas Lagoon is located North of Stinson Beach and stretches nearly 4 miles along Highway 1. It is a tidal estuary and hosts hundreds of migrating shorebirds, numerous waterfowl, herons and egrets. Shorebirds including Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, Short-billed Dowitchers, Willits, Dunlin, Semipalmated and Black-bellied Plovers, and hundreds of peeps, are sure to be seen along with Elegant, Forster’s & Caspian Terns. The nearby riparian preserve along Pine Gulch Creek hosts both resident and migrating passerines. Rich Cimino is a long-time Marin resident and bird guide who will lead our group. Don’t miss out on this fun event and sign up for this field trip as soon as you receive an eBlast from Wendy Cole or Bruce Thomsen, our Field Trip Coordinators, that will provide all of the details.

Weekly Bird Walks with Andrew Ford

NSAS sponsors weekly birding walks led by ornithologist Andrew Ford. Andrew has a wealth of information regarding birds, plants and just about anything else you might happen to come across on the weekly birding trip. Sign up for the Field Trip eBlast on the link entitled "Subscribe to email updates" located in the left hand column of this Homepage and select Interested in Field Trips Announcements. Andrew will send out the weekly destination for each Bird Walk. All Bird walks take place in our near Napa and Solano Counties to help birders become familiar with the local birding hotspots! Andrew is out of town this weekend, so our next Walk with Andrew will be Saturday, September 30th.

Beginner's Bird Walk: Sunday, September 24th to American Canyon Wetlands

NSAS Sponsors Regular Beginner's Bird Walks with Tom Slyker, Carol Boykin and Karina Garcia. Are you dipping a toe into birding, or dusting off a pair of binoculars for the first time in a while?  If you want company as you learn about birding, we’d be delighted to have you join us for our first Beginners' Bird Walk of the year on Sunday, September 17th at the American Canyon Wetlands Edge Park. The American Canyon Wetlands is restored marsh land along the Napa River. Many aeration ponds and treatment ponds make up the waters where the Napa River Bay Trail meanders around. Many waterfowl and shorebirds are within the marshes. Cinnamon Teal, Marbled Godwit, Willet, American Kestrel, American Avocet, Black-Necked Stilt, Black-Crowned Night-Heron and American White Pelican are some of the likely birds to be seen. Fall migration will also bring in a number of passerine birds that inhabit the Eucalyptus forest and grasslands as well. Bring warm clothing in layers as it can get windy and cold at this location. We will be walking approximately 2 miles over paved trails so comfortable walking shoes will be needed. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we will have extra binoculars for you to use. Tom, Carol, and Karina will have spotting scopes for better views of some of the more distant birds. Water and snacks are items you should plan to carry with you.

Stay tuned to our Website and Field Trip eBlasts for information on future field trips. Field Trips will be limited to 12-15 NSAS members to accommodate car caravans. Due to size limitations birding activities will be reserved for Members and only open for non-members if Space Permits. We encourage all non-members to become a Member by clicking on the JOIN Button. Membership only costs $25 for Individuals and $35 for Families. Don't miss out on these great Birding Experiences and become a NSAS Member Today!

For Everyone’s Health and Safety, We encourage all participants on NSAS Walks and Field Trips be vaccinated. In accordance with National Audubon Policies, Field Trips will be taken at your own own risk, and participants must sign the NSAS Release of Liability Form on the day of the trip.

Searching for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help lead beginning bird walks for families, once a month in local parks. Please consider helping out with this fun activity. We are also looking for Supporters to assist us with Education Programs in our Schools and Communities and in a number of Citizen Science activities. If you are interested in serving in any of these areas in any capacity, please click on the volunteer opportunities link below or contact Mark Stephenson at NapaBirder@gmail.com for more details.

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We are a registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization.
California tax ID: 94-2375760
Federal tax ID (EIN): 237325783

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