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18th Annual Kern River Valley Spring Nature & Earth Day Festival

Weldon - Kern County - California

Saturday, April 21, 2012


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Come celebrate Spring in the Kern River Valley

Saturday, Audubon's Kern River Preserve in Weldon, hosts numerous free events including bird walks led by local volunteers, music, information booths, t-shirt sales, postal cancellation and exhibits located at the Kern River Preserve Headquarters. Join us at any time during the day. In the morning our volunteers will lead a special native bird egg hunt.

The Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival is a celebration of our natural and recreational diversity at the height of spring abundance.

Within our intimate wild mix of habitat types and floristic provinces (distinct major regions of life) may be found plants and animals of the Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and Californian Floristic Provinces. This grand mix is unparalleled anywhere else in the United States and Canada.

The Kern River Valley is one of nature’s most diverse homes: 350 bird species (c. 233 species per Nature Fest and over 200 nesting species!), Spring bird migration creates an exciting time for birders visiting the Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival. The last five festivals have averaged 233 bird species! The region centered on the Kern River Valley hosts 138 butterfly species (68%+ of California’s lepidoptera), 2,000+ species of plants (a third of California’s flora), and the highest mammal diversity in the United States (115 species)!

The Kern River Valley has been recognized as the #1 Outdoor Recreation Area in the United States: bicycling, boating, camping, catch-and-release fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, hot springs soaking, kayaking, lake fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, river fishing, sailing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, spelunking, whitewater rafting, wild trout fishing, and wind surfing are among the myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities found here; many of them widely known as world-class.

Our stunningly beautiful Kern Valley is a highlight in itself: 6000’-8000’ southern Sierra Nevada peaks, the National Wild & Scenic North Fork Kern River, Audubon California’s Globally Important 3,000-acre Kern River Preserve, Sequoia National Forest’s 1,200-acre South Fork Wildlife Area, California Department of Fish & Game’s 8,400-acre Canebrake Ecological Reserve, and the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the natural and recreational diversity of “Valley Wild,” the Kern River Valley! 


The clean, sharp smell of Great Basin Sage in the wind...a Scott's Oriole perched atop a Kern Joshua tree...mixed flocks of warblers foraging in a huge cottonwood...the call of a Wrentit bouncing over a dense stand of chaparral...the deep blue skies and towering pines of the Sierra Nevada...

It is not unusual to encounter these things as you travel around California. It is unusual, however, to come across all of them within a few miles of one another - but - that's exactly what you can do in the Kern Valley.

Located at the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada, the Kern Valley is a unique place. Six major California ecological regions merge in the region around the valley: Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, Chaparral, Sierran Forest, and Great Valley Grassland; including the largest remaining contiguous riparian forest in the state.

The Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival is a celebration of the miracle of nature at its best. Wildlife and wildflowers, and spectacular vistas of unique geological wonders make this a vacation paradise. 

Added to all the of above is the fact that the Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival takes place in a simply stunning setting... a hanging valley at 2600' surrounded by 6000' to 8000' high peaks on the Sequoia National Forest and less than one hour from the new Sequoia National Monument. Situated below these Sierran peaks are the National Wild & Scenic North Fork and South Fork of the Kern River and Audubon California's 2894-acre Kern River Preserve...part of the Globally Important Bird Area located along the South Fork of the Kern River.

The Kern River Valley abounds with additional recreational opportunities. The Kern River Fish Hatchery, Nuui Cunni Cultural Center and the Kern Valley Historical Museum are open on every weekend.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the rich biodiversity and scenic beauty of the Kern River Valley!


Within a 15 mile radius the highest diversity of flora and fauna found anywhere in California

350 species of birdsOver 200 nesting

138 species of butterflies - Highest in California

2000+ species of plants - Highest in California

105 species of mammals - Highest in U.S. & Canada

Biological diversity at its best

Diversity of Habitats in the Kern River Valley


Visit the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, California. Open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.

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