Welcome to the Madrone Audubon Society

Madrone Audubon Society

The Sonoma County Chapter of the National Audubon Society was established in 1967 as a non-profit organization promoting education, enjoyment, and protection of the natural world, especially birds.

Madrone Audubon Society

Current Intern Opportunities for SSU Students

Madrone Audubon Society is a 501c3 nonprofit conservation organization, based in Santa Rosa. Madrone Audubon is also the Sonoma County Chapter of National Audubon and enjoys a total membership of close to 3,000. Our organization engages in education and appreciation of birds and wildlife in our amazing habitats here in Sonoma County as well as focuses on many conservation actions to protect and enhance our environment. For more information click here.

October & November 2023 Outings

Bring binoculars and wear outdoor clothing suitable for the weather forecast.  Our outings are free for members and the public. (We may have binoculars to loan for your outing.)

Thursday, October 12   Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, 8:30-10:30 AM
Leader: Janet Bosshard
Take Newanga Ave. off Summerfield Rd. Meet at the south park restrooms. Parking permit is required. We’ll walk down to the lake and on to the Fisherman’s Trail. Info: (707) 480-3432.

Thursday, October 26, Cloverdale River Walk, Cloverdae, 8:30-10:30 AM
Leader: Janet Bosshard
From Santa Rosa, take Hwy 101 to Exit 522, just north of Cloverdale. Turn right on Redwood Hwy, then first right on McCray Road. Follow McCray Road to the end. Parking lot is on your left. Parking pass required. It’s a flat asphalt path along the Russian River. Info: (707) 480-3432.

Saturday, November 4, Ellis Creek Ponds, Petaluma, 8:30-10:30 AM
3890 Cypress Dr., Petaluma 
: Linda Fraley
Take Highway 101 to Petaluma, then go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway). Turn right (south) on S. McDowell Blvd. Turn right onto Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through gates. Meet near the restrooms. Info: (559) 779-5211. Rain cancels.

Thursday, November 9,  Ellis Creek Ponds, Petaluma, 8:30-10:30 AM
3890 Cypress Dr., Petaluma
Leader: Janet Bosshard
From Highway 101 in Petaluma, go East on 116 (Lakeville Highway), turn right (south) on South McDowell Blvd., turn right onto Cypress Drive. Go to the end of the road and through the gates. Meet near the restrooms. Info: (707) 480-3432. Rain will cancel the walk.

Saturday, November 18, Paula Lane, West Petaluma, 7:30-8:30 AM
Paula Lane at Sunset Drive and West Street
Leader: Susan Kirks
We’ll enjoy a quiet, early morning walk near the open space land, listening, observing for winter birds and resident wildlife.  We’ll talk about the importance of this land and area for grassland habitat, badgers, and coexistence with other wildlife and birds. We’ll walk uphill to view the wildlife corridor.  If you joined an earlier walk, return and share the hour with us and new participants to experience the early winter morning.  Ample parking is nearby. Rain cancels.  Small group is best, so please reserve a space.  Text or call 707-241-5548 or email susankirks@sbcglobal.net.

Out & About

Become an Osborn Naturalist, Fall 2023 program
Fairfield-Osborn Preserve, Sonoma State Univ. Center for Environmental Inquiry

Community members, college students, teachers, school administrators are encouraged to participate.  Learn to share secrets of nature, along with others, and explore ecosystems of Sonoma Mountain.  Deadline to apply to the current program was Aug. 26th; but, please reach out if you have interest for a possible late inclusion.  To learn more, visit this link: https://cei.sonoma.edu/NES-2023-fall

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New Items

Important Info for Jan. 1 CBC Team Leaders here.

August 23, 2017: Congressman Huffman forum on Marine Sanctuaries

New Citizen Science Opportunities!

It's Nesting Season: trim trees in the Fall!.

Amazon Smile: donate to Madrone when you shop

Birding Quiz - test your skills.

Leaves Newsletter


Carved Bird Pins

In the 1970s, member Tom Olds hand-carved bird pins and sold them to raise money for Madrone Audubon. More