Sierra Foothills Audubon Society - Scientific Collecting Project

The NCRCD partners with the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society (SFAS) for our Wildlife Habitat/Nesting Box program, in which we offer a variety of nesting boxes to Nevada County residents, as well as providing educational information on local birds, their habitats, and nesting requirements.

The Sierra Foothills Audubon Society (a chapter of the National Audubon Society) often receives calls from the general public asking what they can do with a dead bird found on their property or a fallen nest.  Often the birds/nests are in perfect condition and suitable for mounting.  The bird specimens are tagged, as required, and maintained in the NCRCD office in Plexiglas cases.

The goal of this project is to be able to collect these specimens, have them mounted, maintain them on display in our office, and allow the SFAS to utilize them in their educational presentations in classrooms and when providing outreach and education at local public events such as Earth Day Festivals and celebrations at area State Parks.

In 2013, the SFAS acquired a very impressive egg and nest collection from the family of Emerson Austin Stoner and asked us if the NCRCD would be interested in displaying these eggs and nests.  We already had a display of 15 or 20 nests, but of course we agreed.  We started lining up the collection by date – from the first box in 1906 to the last in 1978 - and all told we had 155 boxes, 680 eggs, and 20 nests.

The collection is now beautifully displayed in our lobby in wooden boxes (custom crafted and donated by SFAS’s own Jim Groeser) to enhance the collection.  Early this year, Mr. Stoner’s granddaughter heard about the collection and was thrilled to see it on display.  She returned a few days later with photos of him which are now a part of the display.

The NCRCD is very excited to house this collection, and especially happy to help preserve the history of this collection.  Please come in and see it!

List of specimens