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 November 26.
It’s been a busy year for Los Angeles Audubon. We are so grateful to our program chairs for our monthly program at Debs parks, our four monthly bird walks throughout Los Angeles, as well as the special birding workshops (Gull Identification and Bird Photography), and field trips (Anza Borrego, Salton Sea, Carrizo Plain, southern Sierras and Owens Valley). None of these excellent programs/field trips would be possible without your great effort. Additionally, members and students contributed to the Christmas Bird Count, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and the newest event, Bird L.A.
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Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson
1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"
Photo Credit: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Charlton Flat 2012 by Mary Freeman
"Introducing our Southern California Owls"
Presenters: Mary and Nick Freeman
Saturday, Nov. 21st
Sunday, Dec. 13th
Saturday, Jan. 9th
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Nature walks are FREE. If you drive, please enter the Dockweiler Youth Center facility to ask about a reduced parking fee. The youth center is also easily accessed by bike from the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar, Los Angeles, CA 90245
(Just south of the end of Imperial Highway at Dockweiler Beach)
For more information please call
- Group sizes no larger than 15 people are ideal, and as few as two people are just fine
- The nature walk focuses on general beach ecology, with an emphasis on the federally threatened Snowy Plover
- Binoculars for the duration of the walk are provided
- Families are welcome, but children may need help from parents with using binoculars
- Nature walk participants meet at and return to the lobby of the youth center
- Walks typically last between 45-90 minutes depending on the interest level of the group, the amount of wildlife available for viewing at the site, and the weather
FRONT COVER PHOTO: Worm-eating Warbler on Dec 28, 2014, 115th CBC | Photo by Don Sterba
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
INTERPRETING NATURE: A (Mostly) Native Garden. By Joyce Realegeno, Greenhouse Program Alumni, and Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education
NATURE CORNER: The Western Spadefoot Toad: Poster Child (Amphibian!) for Past, Present and Future. By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education
BIRDS OF THE SEASON — October 2015, By Jon Fisher
YOUNG AUTHORS: Volunteering at the Christmas Bird Count — You never know what bird you’ll find. By Dessi Sieburth
President’s End-of-the-Year Appeal
By Margot Griswold, Los Angeles Audubon Board President and Education Chair
Ralph W. Schreiber Ornithology Research Awards for 2016—Call for Applications. By Ryan J. Harrigan, Grants Committee Chairman
Call for Applications
Application Deadline is January 1, 2016 for the Ralph W. Schreiber Ornithology Research Awards for 2015
Los Angeles, CA, September 21, 2015 - Los Angeles Audubon Society has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF). The conservation grant recognizes Los Angeles Audubon’s efforts to promote the conservation of the California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover on Los Angeles County beaches through outreach and community-based science that engages local people.
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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. . . .
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...