This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for August 15.
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This summer, the Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles Audubon Society & Pasadena Audubon Society are presenting three great nature films.
Los Angeles – Come to LA’s fourth largest park on three special Friday evenings to watch three awesome bird movies under the stars at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. This year, entertainment will be featured prior to the start of each movie. Pre-Film Entertainment begins at 7:00 pm, followed by nature films around 8:00 pm. This is a free event, but be sure to get there early to get a seat. Here’s the lineup for the summer...
My LA 2050 Grants Challenge
Organizations throughout Los Angeles are competing for the My LA2050 award. Audubon's Wild LA Parks would be honored to have your vote!
Audubon California, in collaboration with Los Angeles Audubon and other local Audubon chapters has submitted a project for the LA2050 Challenge in the PLAY category. We want to connect people to wild birds and nature right here in the second biggest metropolis in the nation.
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
Ballona Wetlands–Docent Training begins Sept. 11, 2014
Los Angeles Audubon Society is seeking volunteers to lead nature walks for schoolchildren at the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey. Candidates must be available twice each month on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 4 hours (9am-noon) during the school year. No experience is necessary, just a love of the outdoors and a willingness to work with children. Naturalist training will be provided.
Ornithology Frequently Asked Questions
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. . .
Fundraiser—JCB Scholarship Program
July 17, 2014
The Los Angeles Audubon Society is fundraising to endow the newly created JCB Scholarship Program. The goal of the scholarship is to support the future academic and career development of high school students from LA Audubon’s Baldwin Hills Greenhouse program.
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Click here to open full issue (PDF) Western Tanager Vol. 80 No. 5 July/August 2014.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- Birds of the Season—June 2014, by Jon Fisher
- 2014 Schreiber Grant Recipient—Shannon Walsh
- Meanwhile, Back at the (Tejon) Ranch, by Louis Tucker
- End-of-Season Summary for Ballona Wetlands Ed Program 2013–2014, by Cindy Hardin
July 24, 2014
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology-Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...
Southern California Edison recently released an interactive online experience on avian protection which is sure to be popular with children and adults. Created by a team of biologists which includes outgoing L.A. Audubon treasurer Kara Donohue, the activity puts you in the role of a local biologist investigating the lost signal of a Golden Eagle's transmitter. It's a fascinating adventure: http://www.edison.com/home/about-us/citizenship/protecting-native-bird-species.html
Tanagers are among the most spectacularly colorful birds in the world.
Image courtesy of Cornell University
July 11, 2014
In 2009, Allison Shultz received a Schreiber grant for her work on tanager coloration. We want to let you know that a paper based on this work was recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences. This particular study has gotten some press, including from the Audubon Magazine, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Science Daily.
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.
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.
Go Native to Attract Birds!
Los Angeles Audubon presents this page to explain what a native plant is, the intricate relationship between our California native plants and our native bird populations, the benefits of ‘going native’, and, importantly, how to go native to get more birds in your yard! ...
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. . . .
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.
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.
Sunday, August 10
Sweltering Salton Sea
$15 FEE, SIGN-UP 8 CARS LIMIT ...
Saturday, Sept 6
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP . . .
Saturday, September 13
Condors at Hopper Mountain NWR
DONATION SUGGESTED, SIGN-UP LIMIT OF 5 HIGH-CLEARANCE VEHICLES, 20 Max... As of July 2014, we have reached the maximum vehicle limit so further sign-ups are now closed and a wait list begun.
Mojave Desert Weekend
NO FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED, SIGN-UP MAX: 12 . . .
Sunday, September 28
Huntington Central Park and Bolsa Chica Wetlands
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
Leader: Irwin Woldman. Huntington Central Park is excellent for migrating songbirds. At Bolsa Chica, flocks of shorebirds should be heading south, with gulls starting to show up. Bring a lunch for a full day of birds. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the HCP parking lot on the south side of Slater Ave. just east of Golden West St. in Huntington Beach.