Monthly Programs 2017

Monthly Programs 2017

Nov 1 2017 Monthly Program World Travels with Paul Fox smlr

Nov. 1, 2017 Los Angeles Audubon's Monthly Program Speaker Series

TOPIC: World Travels with Paul (Or why birding is not just about birds)
SPEAKER: Paul Fox
WHEN: Wednesday, November 1
TIME: 7:30 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, 6300 Hetzler Road, Culver City, CA 90232

There will NOT be a September 2017 program presentation. Please join us in October at the Audubon Center at Debs Park for: BIRDS IN THE CITY: Do resident and Migratory birds prefer native trees?

11Oct2017Program Eric Wood2017 at Debs Park

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BIRDS IN THE CITY
Do resident and migratory birds prefer native trees?
Presented by Eric M. Wood

Eric Wood is the principal investigator of the Wood Lab of Avian Ecology and Conservation at California State University Los Angeles. He and his students are researching the urban wilds of Los Angeles and untangling the mysteries of how the city could better support resident and migratory birds.

This presentation reports on work looking at tree species preferences of resident and migratory bird species in LA and lays out the ways in which the birding public and local students can contribute to urban bird conservation.

What: Public Lecture
When: October 11, 2017,
7:30 – 9:00 PM
Where: Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Parking available on site and transit is nearby.
For more information about Los Angeles Audubon Society, visit www.losangelesaudubon.org

Presenter: YOU!

“Members’ Photo Night”

Program Description:
Tonight, the limelight is on you, come show off your work! Before we take our summer break from monthly programs, we would love to see the amazing photos, videos, and sketches you’ve been doing documenting resident and migrating birds since last summer. Your photos, videos, and drawings don’t have to be perfect; they just have to be recognizable images of birds you saw in person, anywhere in the world!

If you would like to share your work, please email no more than 5 of your own photos, videos, and sketches to Program Chair Nicole Lawson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than June 1. They will be integrated into a group powerpoint so you can say a few words about your images during the presentation. If you miss the deadline, bring your images in hard copy or on a USB flash-drive to the event by 6:00PM; if we have time we’ll be sure to add yours into the presentation.

WHERE: Audubon Center at Debs Park
WHEN: June 14, 2017
TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

Directions and Map to Debs Park
http://debspark.audubon.org/directions-audubon-center-debs-park

Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: 323-221-2255

From Pasadena (110 South):
Use Avenue 52 Exit
Take a left, over the Arroyo
Avenue 52 becomes Griffin Avenue
Our entrance will be on the left, across from the Montecito Soccer Fields

From Downtown Los Angeles (110 North):
Use Avenue 52 Exit
Take a right, over the Arroyo
Avenue 52 becomes Griffin Avenue
Our entrance will be on the left, across from the Montecito Soccer Fields

On Public Transportation:
The Audubon Center is within walking distance from:
Metro Bus 81, 83, 252, 256
Metro Gold Line - Southwest Museum Station

May2017 MonthlyProgram IMAGE ONLY

“Birding and Drawing as Pathways to Observation”

Presenter: Stacey Vigallon

WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
WHEN: May 10, 2017
TIME: Optional outdoor sketching at 6:15; Presentation 7-8:30 p.m.

Program Description:
Join LAAS for a presentation exploring the connections between birding and drawing, learning how both activities can enhance your observation skills. We will demystify the drawing process and recall the thrills of being a beginning birder. This is an interactive presentation – we encourage audience members to bring their curiosity and a willingness to try something new. For the adventurous, we will also be offering some outdoor sketching activities prior to the start of the presentation (art supplies and binoculars provided).

Stacey Vigallon is Los Angeles Audubon’s Director of Environmental Education and serves as a project biologist for the organization’s threatened and endangered species monitoring programs. She coordinates a range of student-related projects, including the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program, Snowy Plover field trips, and science illustration workshops. Also a LACMA Teaching Artist, she is keenly interested in the nexus of conservation, community-based projects, and science communication. She has an MS in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington and completed the UC Santa Cruz Science Illustration Graduate Program.

Contact Nicole Lawson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or volunteer to help set up chairs in advance (at 6:00 PM) of the program. Come early to enjoy the terrific views and birds at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook — please be aware that there is construction on Hetzler Road (the park road). It may appear that the road is closed — but we have permission to access it for the meeting. Please proceed with caution and park in the upper lot adjacent to the visitors center located at the very top of the hill. Visitors who arrive early should tell park staff they are there for the LA Audubon event– the staff will then give them a parking pass to put in their car.

Program 12Apr2017 300ppi

Presenter: Erich Eberts

WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
WHEN: April 12, 2017
TIME: 7-9 p.m.

Program Description
American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) play an important role in the reproductive failure of the Venice Beach colony of endangered Southern California Least Terns (Sternula antillarum browni). Over the last five years, numerous non-lethal predator control systems (including chemical emetic and mild electrical shock conditioning) have been developed and implemented at the Venice Beach colony with the goal of deterring the crows from eating tern eggs and chicks. Initially, breeding success was observed, however, due to extensive peanut caching in the un-groomed nesting site (associated with local wildlife feeding), crows were encouraged to persistently search the nesting site, neutralizing the negative conditioning of the shocking system. In analyzing the effectiveness of these non-lethal predator control systems, we find it is important to recognize the significant role anthropogenic factors have in affecting the ecology, behavior, and dispersion of various species in urban ecosystems. This talk will therefore discuss crow and least tern interactions at Venice Beach, the effectiveness of non-lethal predator control systems, and the role people can play in contributing to urban wildlife conservation and management.

About Erich Eberts
I graduated from Loyola Marymount University in December 2015, where I studied biology with an concentration in ecology. As an undergraduate, my primary research projects included Photosynthetic Characterization of Invasive Plant Species in Los Angeles County, Predator (American Crow) Electrical Shock Aversion System for Endangered California Least Terns, and Urban Hummingbird Biodiversity and Behavior. After graduation, I spent three months in Ecuador working on hummingbird research, and backpacking in the Peruvian Andes. Upon my return, I was excited to continue my research in urban wildlife biology, and especially in crow cognition and hummingbird behavior and physiology, at the LMU Center for Urban Resilience, where I spent three years as an undergraduate researcher. As the CURes Research Fellow, I primarily guide and mentor 20 undergraduate researchers on their urban wildlife and social science research projects. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Ecology to further develop my interests and experience in avian physiological and behavioral ecology, and  to pursue a career in field biology through academia.

Contact Nicole Lawson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or volunteer to help set up chairs in advance (at 6:00 PM) of the program. Come early to enjoy the terrific views and birds at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park.

If you plan to attend LA Audubon's April 12th, 7pm speaker series at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook - please be aware that there is construction on Hetzler Road (the park road). It may appear that the road is closed — but we have permission to access it for the meeting. Please proceed with caution and park in the upper lot adjacent to the visitors center located at the very top of the hill. Visitors who arrive early should tell park staff they are there for the LA Audubon event- the staff will then give them a pass (which Carol provided) to put in their car. If the visitor center is closed when they arrive, they can simply write LA Audubon and the date on a piece of paper and put it on their dash. Nicole will also have some on hand for those who arrive after 6:30 pm.

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