About Los Angeles Audubon Society


The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.


Become a local chapter supporter, friend and member of Los Angeles Audubon Society, a certified chapter of the National Audubon Society.  Let us provide you with information on the many ways our members, volunteers and chapter leaders are participating in Los Angeles area environmental issues that support our mission.

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Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301.

Print and mail this membership application form; or call (323) 876-0202 for more information.


Please donate and support our chapter's programs. Los Angeles Audubon's programs and activities are possible because of the generosity of our donors and members. To make a donation please click button (donate via PayPal), mail or email your instructions.

Los Angeles Audubon Society, Inc. is a California non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. Tax ID # 95-6093704

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Mailing address for donations or memberships:

Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301

Following are some of the benefits of Los Angeles Audubon Society ...

OUR NEWSLETTER, The Western Tanager

The Western Tanager, is the chapter newsletter of Los Angeles Audubon Society. Published online in PDF format 6 times a year, Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/June, July/Aug, each issue of this publication features beautiful photography, provocative articles, and calendar of events and activities. 

The first 74 years of The Western Tanager have been converted into fully text searchable, PDF files. To request access to these archived electronic editions, please call (323) 876-0202 or email requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An ongoing project is publishing the entire archive of The Western Tanager online. Head on over and poke around the early days of LA Audubon. Visit: www.thewesterntanager.org.

Read selected articles in the section: "Articles from the Archives"

RECREATION - Bird Walks and Field Trips

Los Angeles Audubon's free or low-cost field trips and bird walks are great for the beginning to advanced bird watcher.  Join us at the beach, in the mountains, and places in between.  If you are looking for an extended getaway, our international trips to exotic places such as Costa Rica, Kenya and Thailand may be just the thing you need.


Los Angeles Audubon has regularly scheduled Bird Walks with experienced leaders to Los Angeles area locations such as: Upper Franklin Canyon, Topanga State Park, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, the Ballona Wetlands, Echo Park Lake, Sepulveda Basin and Hansen Dam, and Bonelli Regional Park.


Los Angeles Audubon field trips are lead by acclaimed leaders and fellow Los Angeles Audubon Members, going to a variety of Important Bird Areas and migrant trap destinations. We visit the Kern River Valley and the Southern Sierra's, Big Morongo Wildlife Preserve, Galileo Hills and Butterbredt Springs, Santa Anita Canyon, Angeles National Forest, Big Bear Lake and vicinity, Condors at Bittercreek National Wildlife Refuge, the Salton Sea, Bolsa Chica Wetlands,  the Antelope Valley, the East Mojave Desert, Carrizo Plain, Anza-Borrego, and the Owens Valley.



Los Angeles Audubon's school age outdoor classrooms provide valuable insight into local ecosystems such as those at Ballona Wetlands, Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area, Baldwin Hills Park and other areas in Los Angeles.


Our research grants support university and graduate students in biology and environmental sciences.


Los Angeles Audubon's monthly program presentations are normally held at the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The locations of each meeting are held at various locations in the Greater Los Angeles Area and are annouced online and in the Western Tanager. All are welcome!


Los Angeles Audubon Conservation Campaigns:  We protect birds and their habitat through citizen science volunteers to monitor and protect, through public education and docent programs, policy and planning advocacy, and litigation when necessary.  Ongoing conservation efforts include helping endangered species such as the Western Snowy Plover, and the California Least Tern.


Los Angeles Audubon leads Los Angeles County in citizen science to monitor and protect habitat for birds and other wildlife through federal, state and local policy, programs and partnerships. Published weekly is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert.


Los Angeles Audubon has been working to resolve the conflicts between wind energy and birds, including a year of effort with the California Energy Commission and California Department of Fish & Wildlife to create guidelines in California to site wind projects to reduce the impacts on birds and bats. We have published a "Guide to Bird-Friendly Tree and Shrub Trimming and Removal" to inform city authorities, tree-trimming contractors and the general public about the impact on birds by tree-trimming.

For conservation concerns contact LAAS Conservation Chairperson, Travis Longcore, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ongoing volunteer opportunites include: Bird Surveys, Public Awareness campaigns around the hazards to birds in the urban environment,  Nature Docents In The Park, Tabling Events at our local parks, Beginning Bird Walk Leader training, Habitat Restoration projects, Conservation Committee and Coastal and local planning committee meetings, and School Visitation classroom presentations. Send volunteer request to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Los Angeles Audubon organizes and participates in the Malibu Christmas Bird Count, the Lancaster Christmas Bird Count and the Los Angeles Basin Christmas Bird Count. All ages and abilities are welcome!

PELAGIC TRIPS (no longer organized by LA Audubon)

For many years LAAS organized Pelagic Trips, but no longer do so. For pelagic information off of the Southern California coast, contact Terry Hunefeld:  www.SoCalBirding.com or (760) 908-3453.  Tropicbirds can be seen on several of his overnight trips or on some deep water day trips.
For deep water trips on the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara, contact Terry or Sea Landing in Santa Barbara at (805) 882-0088.
For the Island Scrub Jay with landings on Santa Cruz Island contact Island Packers in Ventura at (805) 642-1393.


Los Angeles Audubon Society is Chapter C03, a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit and a certified chapter of the National Audubon Society. One of a nationwide network of chapters, we work together as One Audubon to promote the enjoyment and conservation of birds around the world. To support this work in Los Angeles and promote our cutting edge urban education and citizen science programs, please become a member or send an additional donation today!

An introductory membership to the National Audubon Society is $20 and should be sent separately to: National Audubon society, PO Box 422246, Palm Coast FL 32142-6714. Be sure to write "C3ZC030Z" on the NAS application to assure your assignment to the Los Angeles chapter. For NAS renewals, use the form provided in the National Audubon magazine, "Audubon".

Please note that little of the dues you pay to NAS is given to the Los Angeles Chapter. We encourage each NAS/C03 member to also become a "LAAS Chapter Supporter".  We hope that you consider supporting both organizations!