This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 12.
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Since the Audubon Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it all starts with you!
The 115th Count will begin on Sunday, December 14th, 2014. The count period runs from December 14 to January 5 every year.
Why Do a Count?
By Nick Freeman
Bird watching is what you make of it. Certainly there are many that would prefer to just take in the marvel of nature, on a canyon trail or at their feeders. Others are artistic photographers at heart, and may not even know their subjects that well. Ornithologists, not surprisingly, watch and survey birds – sometimes for different reasons than the rest of us. Many, though, exhibit a drive that engenders the thrill of the hunt. These are the tickers, and competitive birders amongst us. The Hard Core.
Compilers for the Lancaster CBC, Mary & Nick Freeman at Piute Ponds, 2013
So who do Christmas Bird Counts (aka CBCs) appeal to?
Threatened Western Snowy Plover Project, Volunteer Training begins in Jan. 2015
Los Angeles Audubon will conduct a training session for volunteers interested in helping to monitor the Snowy Plover, a small bird that lives on Los Angeles County beaches. Volunteers have been surveying Los Angeles County beaches since 2007, gathering data on wintering plovers and that might attempt to breed in the spring.
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. . . .
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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.
Cover Photo: California Quail, Lancaster CBC 2008 | Photo By Mary Freeman
Click here to open the full issue (PDF) Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 2 Nov/Dec 2014
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- 115th Christmas Bird Counts, Why Do A Count?, By Nick Freeman
- Let's Not Forget About the Little Things!, By Cindy Hardin
- Interpreting Nature, By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation
- Birds of the Season—October 2014, By Jon Fisher
- Condors at Hopper Mountain, Field Trip Report, By Dessi Sieburth
- How YOU Are Helping!, By Carol Babeli
- Schreiber Grant—Call For Applications for 2015 and Introducing Ryan Harrigan
SCHEDULES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Dockweiler Youth Center Nature Walks, Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Schedule
- Bird Walks
- Field Trips
- Monthly Program Presentations
- Volunteer Opportunities
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January 10 & 11 Weekend
FEE: $10, SIGN-UP REQUIRED
Leaders Nick and Mary Freeman. Large to huge flocks of Snow & Ross' geese, White-faced Ibis and Sandhill Cranes. Stilt Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Inca Dove and Gila Woodpecker all possible to certain. The only place in the U.S. to see the impressive Yellow-footed Gull (likely)! No Limit, but sign up and provide phone, and e-mail address for more details. Meet at 7:00 a.m. Saturday at Cattle Call Park south of Brawley. Brawley Inn 760/344-1199 (leaders here – try Expedia), Calipatria Inn 800/830-1113, and Americas Best Value Inn in Westmorland 760/351-7100 are recommended. Arrive fed, bring lunches. Those who wish will eat together Saturday night. FRS radios & 'scopes helpful.
RESERVATIONS: Mail $10 fee and provide: name, e-mail address, and cell phone # if possible. MAIL TO: Susan Castor-LAAS Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041.
Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Walk Schedule
Sunday, Nov. 16th
Sunday, Dec. 7th
Sunday, Jan. 11th
9 am to 10:30 am
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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. 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?
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.
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? ...
January 24 & 25 Weekend
FEE: $20, LIMIT: 16
GULL STUDY WORKSHOP
$20 FULL WORKSHOP FEE
(20) LIMITED SIGN-UP
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Saturday, February 14
Sandhill Cranes at Pixley NWR & Kern NWR
NO FEE, SIGN-UP
March 21 & 22 Weekend
Anza-Borrego State Park
$20 LAAS MEMBER FEE / $40 FOR NON-LAAS, LIMITED SIGN-UP OF 20
4th of July Long Weekend Giant Sequoia National Monument, Tulare County Owling Trip
Nick and Mary Freeman are planning another southern Sierra Nevada long weekend of owling during the July 4th weekend in 2015, Friday July 3 to Monday July 6.
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