The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.
This is the weekly update of the Los Angeles Audubon Rare Bird Alert.
Breaking Point: The Salton Sea
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2016
TIME: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
MORE INFO: http://www.pasadenaaudubon.org/ (626) 355-9412.
Carrizo Plain, LeConte's Thrasher | Photo by MaryFreeman
January 28 & 29, 2017 Weekend
FEE: $20, LIMITED SIGN-UP (16 MAX.)
Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Meet at 8 a.m. in Maricopa. Spectacular scenery. We will see Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, LeConte’s Thrasher, Merlin and pronghorn; with possible Rough-legged Hawk, Mountain Plover and Sage Thrasher.
We will meet in Maricopa (vacant lot at 800 Stanislaus St., west of Shell station on south side of Hwy 166), drive around the Plain all weekend, then leave the Plain heading north via Bitterwater Road on Sunday before we away to LA.
If possible, please carpool or avail your vehicle to others when you reserve. Your phone number & email address will be shared with other confirmed participants for carpooling purposes unless you request otherwise at sign-up.
Net profits go to the Schreiber Grant Fund. Reserve your own room in Buttonwillow for Saturday night. Motel 6 is one option here. FRS radios & ‘scopes helpful. Limit: 16.
Mail $20 per person to: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301. And provide:
- cell phone number
- your email address (for confirmation)
Wait for email confirmation with exact directions and further information.
GULL STUDY WORKSHOP
LECTURE—Fri. Feb. 3, 2017
FIELD TRIP—Sun. Feb. 5, 2017
SIGN-UP REQUIRED, 20 MAX.
TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP
This workshop is a Ralph Schreiber Grant fund-raiser.
Mail $20 fee to: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Techniques for Better Bird Photography
Marina del Rey / Santa Monica
$40 FEE, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 10
Your workshop host will be Christopher Taylor,
Click image to link to the PDF page.
In a paved, urban world, nature makes a rare appearance — delighting kids near MacArthur Park
By Esmeralda Bermudez
Dec. 31, 2016
Principal Brad Rumble took a photo of the burrowing owl that has been spotted on the grounds of Esperanza Elementary. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson
1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"
Saturday, February 4, 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)"
TOPIC: 117th Christmas Bird Count Results, Los Angeles Region
SPEAKER: Daniel Cooper
WHERE: Audubon Center at Debs Park
WHEN: Wed., Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles Christmas Bird Count: A Century of Change
by Larry W. Allen, Kimball L. Garrett, and Mark C. Wimer
Foreword by Michael C. Long;
Contribution on Pleistocene avifauna by Daniel A. Guthrie.
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.
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.
Please join Sea and Sage Audubon Society at their March Annual Dinner speaker is National Audubon President, David Yarnold—coming to us from his home in New York. He is an outspoken and eloquent advocate for birds and the environment. Mr. Yarnold became Audubon's 10th president in 2010, charged with leading a turnaround that would expand Audubon's effectiveness while building on the organization's strong conservation legacy. With 463 local Chapters, 22 state offices and 44 Audubon Centers across the country, Audubon connects nearly four million people using science, advocacy and education. "We are all Audubon," Yarnold says. "No other organization has our wingspan when it comes to being able to drive conservation action, whether in individual backyards or in Congress."
Date: Friday, Mar 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Mile Square Park Banquet Center, Fountain Valley, CA
For more information, please visit www.seaandsageaudubon.org for information about reservations and pricing. We will also have a great silent auction. See you there!
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?
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?