Bird Walks

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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1st Sunday Bird Walk to Topanga State Park


"The Meadows" at Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park Birdwalk

1st Sunday of every month
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Ken Wheeland and Chris Tosdevin

Ken and Chris will lead participants through this beautiful and diverse coastal mountain area.  This is an ideal trip for a beginning birder or someone new to the area. . .

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Open Wetlands at Ballona, 1st Sat. Ea. Mo., May 7

Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson

Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson

1st Saturday each Month "Open Wetlands at Ballona Salt Marsh"

Saturday, May 7, 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.

Please contact Cindy Hardin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 301-0050 if you have any questions.

Print and bring your own copy of "Field List of the Birds of Los Angeles County (mainland and off shore waters)"

2nd Sunday Bird Walk to Franklin Canyon

Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk


Photo: Franklin Canyon, A hidden gem near Mulhulland and Coldwater Canyon above Beverly Hills. Part of the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy.

2nd Sunday of each month

Time: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Leader: Eleanor Osgood. 

Leader: Eleanor Osgood. Join us as we take a casual walk around the ponds and trails of this urban oak woodland nature preserve. We are likely to see the resident Wood Ducks and as well chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees and California Thrasher. We will look for migrants such as warblers, vireos,flycatchers; we may also encounter resident birds building nests and feeding young. Meet in the main parking lot for the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. This canyon is a hidden treasure where the surrounding urban residences of Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills disappear from view.

Directions: From the 101 Freeway: follow Coldwater Canyon Blvd. south for several miles to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive (traffic signal). Make a 90 degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. There is NO sign indicating the entrance to the park; the turn at Franklin Canyon Road reads “Road Closed 800 Feet” and “Sunrise to Sunset” — this is the park entrance; do NOT make a U-turn as this will take you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. Take Franklin Canyon Dr. down to park entrance, turn at first left into the parking lot.
From Sunset Blvd: go north on N. Beverly Dr. to Coldwater Canyon Dr. to Mulholland Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Dr. At the next traffic signal, make a left turn onto Franklin Canyon Dr. continue to first parking lot on the left. Meet in the main parking lot for the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills 90210. Binoculars provided.

Drivers wanted: Save the Earth and Carpool!  Call (323) 876-0202 to provide your contact information to be shared with others interested in this birdwalk. 

3rd Sunday Bird Walk, Ballona Wetlands


Snowy Egret, preening under its wing, at Ballona Creek. (Photo by Don Sterba)

Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk

3rd Sunday of the month (with the exception of December)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Bob Shanman and Friends

Join us for a walk through L.A.’s only remaining saltwater marsh and the adjacent rocky jetty.  Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot.  Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile.  Turn right on Pacific Ave.  The lot is on the right.  Lot or street parking is usually not a problem.  Three hour walk.  ‘scopes helpful.
Contact: Bob (310) 326-2473; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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