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
November 3 Beginning Bird Walk-San Tim. Cyn.
November 6 Board Meeting
November 17 Field Trip-San Jacinto Wildlife Area
November 20 General Meeting- Tom Benson/CBRC
December 1 Beginning Bird Walk-Palm Springs
December 4 Board Meeting
December 7 Field Trip-Daggett, Newberry Springs
December 14 Start of Christmas Bird Counts
December 18 Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner
SBVAS board meetings convene the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm, general meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Board meetings are held at 740 W. Mill, Unit A, in San Bernardino and all general meetings are held at the San Bernardino County Museum at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.
Everybody is welcome.
Sunday, November 3
Beginning Bird Walk at San Timoteo Canyon
Matt Grube (909) 253-3867
Our goal will be to teach you enough basic birding techniques and identification skills so that you will feel comfortable birding on your own or joining our longer birding trips throughout the year. We will meet at the dirt lot along San Timoteo Canyon Rd just south of Fern Ave at 8 am. The walk is free, and all are invited to join. Expect to walk 2-3 miles on level dirt paths as we look for our winter resident birds. Please contact Matt Grube by email at for questions.
Sunday, November 17
Northern San Jacinto Valley
Ah, cooler weather. Wintering birds of prey and waterfowl, coastal sage scrub and wetlands, all close by. Please join us for our fall field trip to the northern San Jacinto Valley. We have two goals for this trip. First is to have fun. Second, is to see 100 species. We always accomplish the first goal and have come very close to the second. Maybe this is the year. The northern San Jacinto Valley is known for its high species diversity. We have ranked highest in number of bird species seen for inland areas in North America for Audubon's Christmas Bird Counts, and are usually in the top 1-2% for all counts. At the heart of the region is the public San Jacinto Wildlife Area.We will meet at the parking lot at the gates of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area (map). From Riverside go south on 215 then east on Ramona, then north on Davis road three miles to parking lot. From Hemet, go west on Ramona to Davis road. From Redlands, go east on 10, then south on 215, then east on 60 or go south on Redlands Blvd, east on 60, East on Gilman springs, south on Bridge Street, west on Ramona and north on Davis road. As Davis is a dirt road, it is not recommended if there have been recent rains. The dirt roads are too dangerous for normal travel when wet. You can call or e-mail Tony Metcalf or the San Jacinto Wildlife Area headquarters (951-654-0580) for updated road info to the Wildlife Area.
Wednesday, November 20
General Meeting-San Bernardino County Museum
All About the California Birds Record Committee
Presented by Tom Benson
The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) was established in 1970, and for the last
50 years has been evaluating and archiving documentation for rare birds in the state.
Tom Benson, the CBRC’s current secretary, will be telling us a little bit about the formation
of the CBRC, its purpose, its accomplishments, and some of the more interesting records
it has reviewed.
Tom is a local resident of San Bernardino, where he works at California State University
San Bernardino in the Biology Department. He has been birding for over 20 years, birds
extensively in San Bernardino County, and is a local reviewer for eBird. He was elected
CBRC secretary in 2015, and is co-authoring the 43rd and 44th CBRC reports.
Sunday, December 1
Palm Springs Demuth Park
Pam Quittmeyer (951) 212-2211 and Dave Goodward (909) 203-8862
For those of you who are just beginning the wonderful pastime of bird watching, please join us for a fun, slow-paced morning of birding in one of our local parks. Our goal will be to teach you enough basic birding techniques and identification skills so that you will feel comfortable birding on your own or joining our longer birding trips throughout the year. We will introduce you to some of our local bird species. You may be surprised at what wonderful birds can be seen! Wear comfortable walking shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring water and binoculars. Everyone is welcome. Meet at 8 am at the parking lot near the tennis courts on E. Mesquite Blvd. near Vella Road.
Saturday, December 7
Daggett & Newberry Springs
Gene Cardiff (909) 875-5358 or (951) 522-4933
We will look for wintering birds at Newberry Springs and Daggett areas in the alfalfa
fields and ponds, with a particular interest in birds of prey. If we have the time we
may head over to Silver Lakes and see what we can find there. We will meet at the
Denny's on Lenwood Road in Barstow (map) at 7:00 am (before breakfast) or
8:00 am (after breakfast). To get there, take I-15 north to Barstow and turn right at
the Lenwood Road offramp. Denny's will be on the right hand side. Bring a lunch,
water, snacks and warm clothes, because summer may be over by then. After lunch
we will caravan and do some more looking for hawks and other birds. For more
information on weather etc., call Gene at the number above.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020
Wednesday, December 18
General Meeting, San Bernardino County Museuem
SBVAS Annual Holiday Potluck
Come join us for our annual fun and fabulous holiday potluck dinner. Please bring a large dish to share (that will serve 10 or more) and one that doesn’t need warming up in a microwave. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert. Please remember to bring your place setting. Beverages will be provided, i.e. decaffeinated coffee, water and soda but you can bring your own if you would like something other than the above. Our program will be presented by some of our Audubon members. They will share with us 15-20 of their best nature photos. Everyone is welcome to participate. There will be a silent auction to help raise funds. Please contribute something to sell. Birding items, books and nature items are preferred. We meet at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. Please follow the signs after you enter the museum to our meeting room. Please remember that our meeting starts at 6:30PM…an hour earlier than our usual meeting time. Everyone is always welcome.
Mr. Tom Benson, photo by Howard King