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.
Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson
1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED DEADLINE, Feb. 15, 2016
The Los Angeles Audubon Society presents an annual research grant, the Ralph W. Schreiber Ornithology Research Award, to support research relevant to the biology of birds. Award recipients are limited to students and amateur ornithologists with limited or no access to major granting agencies and who reside in southern California (from San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino Counties south) or are currently enrolled in a southern California academic institution. There is no geographical restriction on the research area. One or more awards are granted each year; a maximum single award will not exceed $1,500.
The application deadline for the 2016 Research Award has been extended to February 15, 2016 [was Jan. 1, 2016]; grants will be awarded in April, 2016.
To obtain further details and application materials contact:
THE RECOVERY OF THE KIWIKIU (Maui Parrotbill; Pseuonestor xanthophrys)
Presented by: Dr. Hanna Mounce
Date: Wed., Feb. 10th, 2016 | Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Lectures on birding and Northeast species available to everyone
For release: January 27, 2016
Ithaca, N.Y.—The annual Spring Field Ornithology course is celebrating its 40th anniversary by reaching out to those who cannot take the course in person at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. For the first time, lectures will be available online to anyone, anywhere. Though species native to the Finger Lakes Region of New York will be discussed, course lectures are also packed with information about bird identification, migration, nesting, and other topics that are relevant to anyone hoping to improve their bird-watching skills.
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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.
Please keep reading for updated listings with instructions on how to sign-up, participation limits and applicable fees.
Visit the Natural History Museum's nature blog for an article written by fifth-grade Esperanza Elementary School students and their principal, [and LA Audubon Board of Director at Large] Brad Rumble
January 19, 2016
A Baby Owl or a Goatsucker at Esperanza Elementary?
Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction & raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: noted artist Tony Angell, "Revealing the Secret Lives of Owls".
BirdFest registration at www.olympicbirdfest.org
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.
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?
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.
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?
Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...