Sept. 16, 2014 It is the last minute to sign-up for this weekend's field trip.
Mojave Desert Weekend
NO FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED, SIGN-UP MAX: 12
Bird species seen over the years at Galileo Hills.
Townsend's Solitaire, Photo by Mary Freeman
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Photo by Mary Freeman
Rare occurring Common Poorwill, Photo by Mary Freeman
Last chance to cast your vote for Wild LA Parks in the LA2050 Challenge and help the Audubon network to connect more people to wild birds and nature!
Sept. 16th is the final day in the LA2050 challenge!
If you haven't voted yet, please cast your vote now for Wild LA Parks and show your support for LA Audubon and the Audubon network.
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Want to hear about our great work for birds, but don't want to get asked for donations? We have added a new option when signing up for LAAS News Alerts. Stay informed with LAAS news alerts, but without fundraising appeals or solicitations.
Bird Photography for Birders (Not Photographers)
Presented by Bernardo Alps
Bald Eagle on Flores Island, Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada
Photo by Bernardo Alps/PHOTOCETUS
This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 12.
White-winged Dove Photo courtesy www.birds.audubon.org
"Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change"
By LOUIS SAHAGUN, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 9, 2014
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.
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. . . .
Click here to open the full issue (PDF) Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 1 Sept/Oct 2014
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- If You Have the Urge to Visit the Metropolitan New York Area, By Louis Tucker
- Interpreting Nature, By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation, and the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Interns
- Birds of the Season—August 2014, By Jon Fisher
- Birds, Ballona & Block Printing, By Cindy Hardin
- 7 Women from Nepal Ballona Tour, By Carol Babeli
SCHEDULES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
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. . .
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.
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! ...
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? ...
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, October 4
Malibu to McGrath Field Trip
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE . . .
Wood Duck Family, Arnold Small Photographic Collection Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
If You Have The Urge To Visit The Metropolitan New York Area...
By Louis Tucker
This is a personal account of how I found surprises, wonder, joy, excitement, interesting discoveries, peace and serenity in the natural realm and more specifically - birding. And, this is about finding a place surrounded by sprawling metropolitan New York suburbia that is one of the gems of the National Wildlife Refuge system, and the appreciation of one of its species which inhabits this place. Although we'll get there in a round-about way.
Birds of the Season—August 2014
By Jon Fisher
Most birders end up being interested in many more subjects than birds alone. Plants and habitats, other animals, photography and environmental issues are a few that come to mind. Climate change is another, and one which will eventually affect many of the birds we pursue in some way.
By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education
I am listed on the Los Angeles Audubon website under two titles: Director of Outdoor Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Since I am a bit old-fashioned, and still enjoy a chat on my land line, my phone number is listed as well. As you might imagine, occasionally I receive some interesting inquiries via the telephone. Just such a call came in at the beginning of July. A gentleman named Loren Kantor contacted me, with the proposal of doing a bird oriented art project. Loren is a woodblock print artist of great talent. Now, if you have ever seen a woodblock print, you can probably imagine that it is an intricate process with many steps. First, an image must be drawn onto the block, and then painstakingly carved onto what can be a very unforgiving medium. After the carving is complete, the block is then dipped into some kind of coloring agent (usually ink) and then printed on paper. This is not an undertaking for the novice-sharp tools are in play, and the process is incredibly time consuming.
By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation, and the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Interns
On May 24, 2014 students participating in the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship Program presented their research to the public at a symposium hosted by Politi Elementary School. This year, projects addressed topics ranging from noise pollution and student perceptions of nature to the effectiveness of a solar-powered birdbath. The information obtained through student research projects is available to California State Parks and the Baldwin Hills Conservancy staff and is used to inform habitat restoration at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. We are extremely proud of the work that interns did during the 2013-2014 school year, and we’re looking forward to working with a new group of Greenhouse Interns and Restoration Leaders in this fall. Below we are pleased to present the 2013-2014 Greenhouse Intern project abstracts…
By Carol Babeli
Los Angeles Audubon hosted a marvelous group of seven young women from Nepal on a tour of the Ballona Wetlands on July 20th. These seven Nepalese women are from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds coming together to create history. A mission to climb the highest mountain in each continent. Six done, one to go! They just completed a climb to the summit of Mt. McKinley/Denali, the 6th mountain of the mission on June 24, 2014 and their next journey will take them to Antarctica for the final peak. Their motto is “Together We Reach Higher”.
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.