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. . . .
"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. . .
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.– Noon
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 as well as chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Spotted and California Towhees and California Thrasher. Winter birds have arrived; we will look for Ring-billed Duck, American Wigeon, White-crowned, Golden-crowned and Fox Sparrows among other possibilities.
Meet at Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills 90212
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 Dr. 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 Drive to Coldwater Canyon Dr to Mulholland Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Drive. At the next traffic signal, make a left turn onto Franklin Canyon Dr. continue to first parking lot on the left. If lost the morning of the walk, call (424) 298-1376 between 8:00-9:00 a.m.
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. Both LAAS birdwalks and field trips delve into identification, natural histories and interactions observed in the field. All are welcome on either event, but no pets or small children please. Appropriate for young bird watchers age 6 years and older.
Drivers wanted: Save the Earth and Carpool! Call (323) 550-8533 to provide your contact information to be shared with others interested in this birdwalk.
Photo: Sharp-shinned Hawk, at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba)
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
(in Baldwin Hills) (4100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 90056)
3rd Saturday of the month (Except July & August)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30
Leaders: Eric and Ann Brooks; Eleanor Osgood
This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills. We are likely to see many of the resident birds such as Black and Say’s Phoebes, Cassin Kingbirds, California and Spotted Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk. We will look for birds of the Coastal Sage Scrub such as: Spotted and California Towhees, and Song Sparrow. The lake attracts heron, egrets, cormorants, ducks as well as an Osprey.
We will also look for wintering birds such as Merlin, Rufous-crowned, White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows among others.
Directions: The park entrance is off of La Cienega Blvd. between Rodeo Rd. and Stocker St. After passing the entrance kiosk ($6.00 parking fee) turn left (leading to the “Olympic Forest”) and park in the first available spaces. Binoculars provided.
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.
Check out the outstanding photos of the birds of the Ballona Wetlands on our Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon