The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
San Jacinto Valley
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Leader: Mary and Nick Freeman. San Jacinto Valley is a stellar area for raptors of all sorts including Peregrine
& Prairie falcons, perhaps a Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, Bald & Golden eagles, Ferruginous Hawk, many Northern Harriers to study (that aren’t as easy to age as we once thought!); and two Short-eared Owls as well as a Gyrfalcon and Iceland Gull making unprecedented visits just two years ago. The area has also produced sightings of Lesser Black-backed Gulls – even this year - at the nearby egg farm. Take the 10 or 60 Fwy E to the 215 Fwy S, exit E at Ramona Expressway, continue E just past Perris Blvd., and meet at the Farmer Boys Restaurant (145A Ramona Expwy) on the S side of the road. We will carpool from here at 8:00 a.m., and bird until about 3 p.m. or so. Bring lunch and warm clothing.
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, an accomplished and published local photographer who has conducted similar workshops here and back East. While Christopher is most experienced with Canon equipment, he'll provide techniques that will enhance your ability to capture outstanding images of birds no matter what brand of digital SLR camera you're using, and should be able to help reproduce camera effects on other brands.
During the field lab, shorebirds and gulls should highlight. Christopher will be addressing a basic approach to one of the most difficult arenas of photography. Christopher does not typically use flash at all, and he'll explain why, and how to compensate in various light and wind conditions. He'll also offer guidance on when it's best to hand-hold a shorter lens and when it is best to use a tripod and more magnification. He will discuss how to make your photographs more captivating by incorporating habitat into your frame. Learn how to use bokeh effects to help emphasize your subject. He will cover different aperture, lighting and metering techniques to help make your photographs POP!
This is the weekly update of the Los Angeles Audubon Rare Bird Alert.
by Larry W. Allen, Kimball L. Garrett, and Mark C. Wimer
Foreword by Michael C. Long;
Contribution on Pleistocene avifauna by Daniel A. Guthrie.
Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson
1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"
Saturday, March 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)"