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 Valentine's Day, show some love for Snowy Plovers and Least Terns — threatened and endangered species found along our California coastline. Funding is needed to continue important conservation efforts, monitoring, and data collection. Los Angeles Audubon is in between grant funding periods and needs to fill the gap to continue Plover and Tern conservation efforts. Honor your loved one with a donation at our Wall of LOVE: https://www.givinggrid.com/snowyplover/
It's a thoughtful Valentine's gift – honor someone you love AND do something great for threatened and endangered species! How can you resist helping this adorable creature!
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Los Angeles Audubon
This is the weekly update of the Los Angeles Audubon Rare Bird Alert.
Los Angeles Audubon has issued this Guide to Bird-Friendly Tree and Shrub Trimming 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.
by Larry W. Allen, Kimball L. Garrett, and Mark C. Wimer
Foreword by Michael C. Long;
Contribution on Pleistocene avifauna by Daniel A. Guthrie.
Saturday, February 18, 8 - 11 a.m.
ASSEMBLYMEMBER JIMMY GOMEZ in partnership with the AUDUBON CENTER AT DEBS PARK invites you to a Great Backyard Bird Count Hike Guides will help locate the many types of bird in Debs Park. For information, call (213) 483-5151 or visit www.asmdc.org/gl
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!
Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Walk Schedule
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.
September is for Swifts
Location: 428 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90013 USA
Date & Time: 09/30/2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Fee Information: Free
Contact Name: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Contact Email: e-mail us
Contact Phone Number: (805) 370-2301
Registration deadline is July 25th.
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. . . .
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)"
Saturday, September 17
SIGN-UP REQUIRED, NO FEE, NO MAX
Saturday, September 24
Orcas Park and vicinity
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE
Dessi Sieburth, the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year (photo by Beatrix Schwarz)
Your leader for this morning walk will be Dessi Sieburth, a published speaker, 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year, and overall congenial young man. Orcas Park is a residential park where we may see Hutton's Vireo, sparrows and Western Meadowlarks.
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!
Los Angeles County Natural History Museum answers 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.
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?
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? ...
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On Friday, May 9th from 4:30–7:30 p.m., come celebrate the fifth year of the Conservation Art Show at Politi Elementary School! This event showcases the science illustration and habitat restoration work that students at both Politi Elementary and Dorsey High School have worked on throughout the school year. Joining us this year will be a team of middle school students from the Incubator School, who will present their design work on making Dockweiler Beach more wildlife-friendly. We will also be showcasing the plover-themed science illustration work of students from 186th Street School and Second Street School. As usual there will be lots of hands-on activities for the whole family like paper-making, tours of the schoolyard habitat, and art/science projects to participate in. This year, the Politi Science Illustrators’ ambitious studies had them thinking like architects and exploring patterns in nature, from the spots on a leopard’s coat to animal courtship displays to how ocean tides work.
We hope you’ll join us for an evening of art, science, and fun.
Native Plant & Wildlife Garden at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area