The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.
Our chapter does NOT provide bird rescues, adoptions or rehabilitation. Click here for some wildlife rescue resources. Contact the California Department of Fish & Wildlife for additional questions (888) 334-2258 or contact your local animal services (311) in Los Angeles.
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This is the weekly update of the Los Angeles Audubon Rare Bird Alert.
Western Tanager Vol. 83 No. 1 Sept-Oct 2016
Click here for link to the full PDF version.
Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Walk Schedule
Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson
1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"
Next on Saturday, November 1st, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Los Angeles Audubon Society will host their 1st Saturday of the month “Open Wetlands” event at the Ballona Salt Marsh. Binoculars will be available to borrow, and volunteers will help visitors view aquatic invertebrates through microscopes, learn about the unique ecosystems found at Ballona, and view birds through powerful spotting scopes along Ballona Creek. The buckwheat is in bloom and lots of butterflies to see. Please drop-in!
Enter through the gate located in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Alkawater/Gordon’s Market, in the 300 block of Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey.
No baby strollers please.
Print and bring your own copy of "Field List of the Birds of Los Angeles County (mainland and off shore waters)"
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 9 AM–3 PM*
WHERE: Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center
King Gillette Ranch
26876 Mulholland Hwy.
Calabasas, CA 91302
*Early morning bird walks at 8 AM and 8:30 AM
Free event, free parking
Presented by Conejo Valley Audubon Society, San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society, The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, National Park Service, and Western National Parks Association.
Join experienced bird walk leaders who will help you explore the varied habitat in and around the greater Los Angeles Area. Enjoy woodland nature areas, parklands and lakes, natural coastal scrub habitat and saltwater marshes. Binoculars are provided on many of the walks.
Bird walks are geared for the beginner/intermediate birders looking for an introduction to local birds and/or interested in reducing their carbon footprint by birding relatively close to home. . . .
Owens Valley, Photo by Mary Freeman
LAAS field trip destinations are a bit further afield than our regularly scheduled bird walks. Click here for local bird walks. "Read More" for all listings.
Originally started in 1900 by Frank Chapman, this will be the 117th Christmas Bird Count—the oldest continuous wildlife survey in North America! Originally only 25 counts, including Pacific Grove in California, there are now over 1,700 counts worldwide—mostly in the US and Canada—with over 45,000 participants. This huge database of information is frequently used to assess the health of bird populations, to help guide conservation efforts, and to better understand issues of habitat and our environment in general. All counts occur between December 14 and January 5 on any given year. CBC’s were standardized in the late 1950’s, and now typically have a 15-mile diameter. It’s hard to find an activity that combines conservation and the fun of birdwatching quite as seamlessly. Some do 2, 3, even 4 counts!
Guide to Bird-Friendly Tree and Shrub Trimming and Removal
After recognizing the significant threat to nesting birds posed by the annual spring and summer tree trimming conducted by the City of Los Angeles, other cities within Los Angeles County, homeowners, and businesses. We want to save as many nesting birds during the breeding season as we possibly can, to ensure that Los Angeles does not contribute to the declines in bird species. Read more for a quick reference guide, important telephone numbers. And read the guide online, English or Spanish, or print out your own booklet.
I found a sick / injured / orphaned bird; what should I do?
Only licensed rehabilitators may possess and care for sick, injured, or orphaned native birds.
Check out this link with actor, Jon Hamm, and his encounter with a hummingbird that came indoors. Here are some do’s and don’ts of escorting trapped birds outdoors.
When a Small Bird Crashes the Party…
…Actor Jon Hamm politely — and safely! — shows it the door. Watch the rescue in action, and get our best tips for helping a bird that’s been trapped indoors. Watch and learn.
Every backyard birder has heard the resounding thud of a bird striking a window, and even with the best preventative measures to help birds see and avoid the glass, impacts are inevitable. But when a bird strikes a window, what can be done to help it recover?
Print your own copy of this helpful checklist of the Birds of Los Angeles County.
Published by Los Angeles Audubon Society. Prepared by: Kimball L. Garrett and Mike San Miguel, July 2006.
Watching how a bird acts, eats or flys, helps you learn to identify birds. One of the main skills to be acquired by the birder is learning to watch how a bird acts and to recognize certain behaviors.
There is a most informative online guide by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In the section All About Birds you will find information to develop birding skills by learning the birding basics.
Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...
Q. I searched online and found a street address for Los Angeles Audubon Bookstore. When I visited the address, I did not find LA Audubon Society or the bookstore, only an empty building with a sign that says "AUDUBON HOUSE". Where is the bookstore currently located and what are the hours?