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About SBVAS 

 SBVAS strives to bring people to their natural environment. Focusing on birds and other wildlife, we hope to conserve natural resources in the Southern California's "Inland Empire," specifically San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties.

Founded in 1948, San Bernardino Valley Audubon is southeastern California's  leading non-profit engaging people in the conservation of birds and their habitats. We involve people through recreational birding, envelop them in our education programs, and engage them in conservation actions from counting birds to working with local, state, and national policy makers.  San Bernardino Valley Audubon is a fully independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

​Upcoming Events and Field Trips


SBVAS general meetings are held at San Bernardino County Museum at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. 

Everybody is welcome.           

Field Trips:

Saturday, March 18 - 8:00 am

Bolsa Chica & Orange County Coast

Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m.

General Meeting-San Bernardino County Musuem

Tom Benson

Rare Birds of California

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Rare Birds of California: 2022

By Tom Benson

California is known for its biodiversity and hosting a large number of bird species, having the highest bird list of any state in the US (suck it, Texas!). In addition to its great diversity of regularly occurring avian visitors, a number of wayward travelers find their way to one of California’s many birding hotspots. The fall of 2022 was an especially notable season for rarities in California, with four potential first state records being found and documented. Join SBVAS as Tom recaps the rare birds discovered in California in 2022, discusses their status and distribution in the state, how they got here, and provides some identification tips.

Tom Benson has been birding for 25 years and is particularly interested in the status and distribution of birds of San Bernardino County. He has served as the Secretary of the California Bird Records Committee since 2015, and is an eBird reviewer for San Bernardino County. In his spare time, he works as a lab technician in the Biology Department at Cal State San Bernardino.


Mr. Benson

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