This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for January 23.
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The Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The grant will support Los Angeles Audubon's efforts in environmental youth education programs — specifically to provide under-served schools with bus transportation to LAAS outdoor education programs that are connecting urban youth to nature and science; and to invest in student efforts with paid internships (stipends) to support and recognize their work in environmental stewardship.
By Brad Rumble, Director At Large, Los Angeles Audubon
Hundreds of thousands of people live within the boundaries of the area covered by Los Angeles Audubon Society, yet fewer than 3,000 are members of our local chapter. This intrigues me enough that I have volunteered to take on a leadership role in increasing the membership of our dynamic organization.
Cover Photo: Anza-Borrego Desert | Photo by Larry Sansone
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- Birds of the Season—By Jon Fisher
- Giant Sequoia National Monument Field Trip
- Interpreting Nature, by Stacey Vigallon and Cindy Hardin, Los Angeles Audubon Environmental Educators
- Why Build Local Membership in LA Audubon?, By Brad Rumble
- Western Scrub–jay, By Dessi Sieburth
- LA Audubon Volunteers – Doing Important Work in Habitat Restoration!, By Carol Babeli
- WFO Conference, June 2015
- Volunteer Opportunities | Threatened Western Snowy Plover Project Training, begins in January 2015 | Endangered California Least Tern Project Volunteer Training, begins March 2015 | Ongoing BHSO & Business Skills
- Dockweiler Nature Walks
- Bird Walks
- Field Trips
- Monthly Program Presentations
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Threatened Western Snowy Plover Project, Volunteer Training begins in Jan. 2015
Los Angeles Audubon will conduct a training session for volunteers interested in helping to monitor the Snowy Plover, a small bird that lives on Los Angeles County beaches. Volunteers have been surveying Los Angeles County beaches since 2007, gathering data on wintering plovers and that might attempt to breed in the spring.
Mark your calendar for the next WFO Conference in Billings, Montana, June 10-14, 2015
The 40th annual conference of Western Field Ornithologists will be held in Montana, marking the first time for the state. Open to all interested birders, the event is scheduled to highlight the peak of bird activity.
Los Angeles city view with sagescrub | Photo by Carol Babeli
We are so grateful to the hundreds of community volunteers and students who are helping to restore acres of coastal sagescrub at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park. In the past few months, over 200 people have volunteered their time and energy, planting and weeding on the hillsides of the park.
Bird Walks with Los Angeles Audubon
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. . . .
Field Trips with Los Angeles Audubon
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.
Please keep reading for updated listings with instructions on how to sign-up, participation limits and applicable fees.
January 24 & 25 Weekend
FEE: $20, LIMIT: 16
GULL STUDY WORKSHOP
$20 FULL WORKSHOP FEE
(20) LIMITED SIGN-UP
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. Where is the bookstore currently located and what are the hours?
Ornithology Frequently Asked Questions | NHM.org
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. . .
When Birds Hit Windows
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?
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.
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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology-Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...
Andrea Jones presents: "Predicting How California Birds Will Be Impacted by Global Warming"
Andrea Jones will discuss the research recently released by National Audubon describing how North American birds are predicted to be impacted by climate change.
Saturday, February 14
Sandhill Cranes at Pixley NWR & Kern NWR
NO FEE, SIGN-UP
March 21 & 22 Weekend
Anza-Borrego State Park
$20 LAAS MEMBER FEE / $40 FOR NON-LAAS, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 20
4th of July Long Weekend Giant Sequoia National Monument, Tulare County Owling Trip
Nick and Mary Freeman are planning another southern Sierra Nevada long weekend of owling during the July 4th weekend in 2015, Friday July 3 to Monday July 6.
Hey everyone! Here's a small story from LAUSD's TV station KLCS which promotes LAAS nicely. The reporter was there for our Conservation Art Show this past spring. http://vimeo.com/102168756