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 Societies' College Scholarship Applications for 2024-25 are Now Open to Graduating Seniors or Community College Graduates!

The NSAS Scholarship provides a monetary award of $2,000.00 for one year, to two graduating High School students or Community College students in both Napa and Solano Counties who show a commitment to the environment and the practice of conservation, and who will be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college program for the Fall of 2024. Our goal is to award one scholarship in Napa County and one in Solano County. A completed application must include the following: The Completed Application Form on http://bit.ly/NSAS-Scholarship; A one-page essay (up to 800 words) describing your interest in nature, the environment and conservation and how it influences your future personal and career goals; Transcripts of all schoolwork completed to date; and Two letters of reference (non-family members only). For any questions, contact: scholarship@napasolanoaudubon.com . Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a graduating Senior from a Napa or Solano County High School who will begin studies at a Community College or an accredited four-year college in the field of environmental studies, conservation, or another related field.
  • Be pursuing a degree in environmental science/studies, natural resource management, forestry, ornithology, wildlife and fisheries, conservation biology, or other related fields in the 2024-25 academic year.
  • Be accepted and registered at a Community College or College/University before receiving their award.
  • Demonstrate a clear interest in pursuing career goals related to the environment or conservation as described in your Application Form.

NSAS's May Monthly Speaker Series: Thursday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.: NSAS Presents: Sierra Nevada Birding with the Denise & David Hamilton and Lucas and Mark Stephensons

About the Presentation: Have you ever visited the Sierras and wondered where to go to find the most exciting birds? The Hamiltons and Stephensons have teamed together to share their 20 years of experience birding in the Northern Sierras from the Sierra Valley to the Sierra Crest, and locations further North. They will show you their best photos of the birds, plants & wildlife they have observed exploring Sierra ecosystems from Marble Hotsprings on the valley floor, to unknown canyons around the perimeter, to the top of the Sierra Crest. They will take you to explore a number of places that you have likely never visited before. Their travels will include favorite birding locations along Highways 49 & 89 from Bassett’s, Sardine Lakes, & Yuba Pass to untraveled forest service roads. They will share birding hotspots above Graeagle, from the Graeagle Lodge and Lakes Loop Trails, to Church Meadows and Mills Peak. For those curious of locations further North, they will explore spots near Lake Davis, Smith Peak & Bagley Pass. As an added bonus they will venture to a few locations in the high Eastern Desert including Frenchman Lake, Red Peak Pass and Shaffer Mountain. Come join us to see the flora and fauna they have observed during their years of exploring these birding jewels of the Sierra! For a description of birding locations to visit in the Northern Sierras click here: click here

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 our local birding hotspots!

Beginner's Bird Walk: American Canyon Wetlands

NSAS Sponsors Regular Beginner's Bird Walks with Tom Slyker, Carol Boykin and Karina Garcia. Both Tom, Carol and Karina are citizen science volunteers who have each participated in a variety of projects, including the Napa Solano Audubon’s CA Birdseasons project at the wetlands location. NSAS has been monitoring birds at this site every Monday morning since 2016. This monitoring has provided the participants with a wealth of knowledge about the birds you might see at this location. Our fall Beginner's Bird Walks continue to be full of a variety of species, from waterfowl to raptors and everything in between. Look for our eBlast with dates for our next Beginner's Bird Walk.

Stay tuned to our Website and Field Trip eBlasts for information on future field trips. Our Monthly Field Trips are usually 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.

Conservation Advocacy: Why Napa-Solano Audubon Society Opposes the Solano County Flannery Development Project!

Solano County has long been one of the jewels of the Bay Area. Despite significant development in Fairfield, Vacaville, and Dixon, large portions of Solano County lands have been held as family farms for many generations. This farmland, “historically used for grazing cattle and sheep,” is in the middle of Solano County which also produces wheat, hay, and alfalfa, and encompass small vineyards and orchards of apples and walnuts. In addition to supplying our markets with food and textiles, these farms have been the residence and wintering grounds of a number of rare plants and endangered animal species. With acres of grasslands and unique vernal pools that make up this habitat, a number of endemic plants and birds call this land their home. To continue reading the entire article: click here

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

Ash-throated Flycatcher © 2014 Dave McMullen Lincoln's Sparrow © 2013 Dave McMullen Common Yellowthroat © 2013 Dave McMullen Spotted Towhee © 2013 Dave McMullen Yellow-breasted Chat © 2012 Dave McMullen

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