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.
This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for May 21.
Registration has begun for the Shorebird Identification Workshop coming in August 2015
LECTURE: Sat., Aug. 29, 1–5 p.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena
FIELD TRIP: Sun., Aug. 30, 8:00 a.m. until Noon or 1:00 p.m. at Piute Ponds
THE SPEAKER: Our speaker will be the amiable yet authoritative Jon Dunn, who leads field trips to far-flung locations including Alaska, Thailand, and California (all places with remarkable shorebird migrations); presently sits on the American Ornithological Union Classification Committee, and is often on the California Bird Records Committee; is the lead author for the National Geographic Society’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America (now in its 6th edition), has co-authored two top-notch books on bird ID and distribution with our own Kimball Garrett, and has co-written a book on gull ID with Steve Howell. As such, he is extraordinarily qualified to speak on all aspects of shorebirds and many other North American bird families. Larry Sansone, a longtime birder and member of the Los Angeles Audubon Society and frequent contributor to the Western Tanager newsletter, will be the photographic image coordinator for the slideshow presentation during the lecture portion of the event.
Shorebirds at Ventura, Photo by Mary Freeman
After building a foundation of basic identification skills for our more expected shorebird species, Jon will address at length the important skill of ageing shorebirds, and techniques for discriminating among the less familiar species encountered in the ABA area. Slides will be used to demonstrate I.D. marks of shorebirds in their various plumages. Distribution and timing of occurrence will also be stressed. Binoculars are always a good idea for slide programs. Cookies and coffee will be served. Saturday Lecture only: $30 (see below for sign-up instructions). Meet at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Altadena, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Limit: 80).
On Sunday, Jon will be looking for live specimens to demonstrate points made during the Saturday lecture. We will meet at 8:00 a.m., and finish up Noon to 1:00ish. Bring a scope, if you have one, and your favorite field guide. The location will be Piute Ponds on Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster. It will require some walking, and it will get hot, so bring sunblock, a good hat and plenty of water. See directions to meeting location below.
Sat. & Sun., Lecture AND Field Trip: $55 (Limit 1st 20 pre-paid). The field trip portion is limited to the first 20 pre-paid lecture participants, field trip NOT offered separately. (see below for reservation instructions).
The Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 5 May/June 2015
FRONT COVER: American Wigeon by Tony Bianchi
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- Birds of the Season—April 2015
- Trip Report—Anza-Borrego March 2015
- U.S. Department of Education Honors Dorsey High School with the Green Ribbon School Award
- The ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest 2015: Protecting Our Local Birds
- Disney Wildlife Conservation Representative Visits L.A. Audubon
- Volunteer Opportunities, Ongoing BHSO & Business Skills
- Bird Walks
- Field Trips
- Monthly Program Presentations
Click here for full PDF version. (pending)
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Many folks want to help with the oil spill at the Refugio Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif.
visit: http://www.refugioresponse.com/go/doc/7258/2516914/ for the latest information.
Here is a great opportunity to support young environmentalists in Los Angeles!
A local foundation has offered to match dollar for dollar (up to $10,000) all donations Los Angeles Audubon receives before September 1, 2015. This match funding challenge will help to support Los Angeles Audubon's Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership program that offers underserved high school students leadership skills in environmental stewardship and a pathway to higher education and career development.
The U.S. Department of Education honors Dorsey High School with the Green Ribbon School Award.Dorsey was one of 4 schools (and 1 district) from California recognized! That's out of 10,000 schools in the state. Los Angeles Audubon's Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership program was also recognized in the award highlights as an important partner in the leadership development model.
View the video announcement here:
Los Angeles Audubon is putting the entire archive of The Western Tanager online. We started with Volumes 1 and 2 from 1934–1936. Head on over and poke around the early days of LA Audubon.
From University of Washington's Conservation Magazine
Guide to Bird-Friendly Tree and Shrub Trimming and Removal
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. Read more for a quick reference guide, important telephone numbers. And read the guide online, English or Spanish, or print out your own booklet.
Bird Walks with Los Angeles Audubon
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. . . .
LOS ANGELES AUDUBON’S “OPEN WETLANDS” AT BALLONA
On Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Los Angeles Audubon Society will host their 1st Sat. 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. Please drop-in!
Field Trips with Los Angeles Audubon
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.
June 11, 2015 — LA Audubon Monthly Program Presentation
Please note: The monthly program presentations for March - June 2015 will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. There are no presentations in the summer months of July and August.
John McCormack presents: "How to determine distinctness of biological units and the controversy over the coastal California Gnatcatcher"
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?
Ornithology Frequently Asked Questions | NHM.org
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. . .
When Birds Hit Windows
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?
July 24, 2014
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology-Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...
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.
Hey everyone! Here's a small story from LAUSD's TV station KLCS which promotes LAAS nicely. The reporter was there for our Conservation Art Show this past spring. http://vimeo.com/102168756