Monthly Programs 2017

Monthly Programs 2017

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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Presented by Larry Allen and Kimball Garrett

WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena
WHEN: March 8, 2017
TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (323) 876-0202

Los Angeles Audubon Society is pleased to announce the publication of the Los Angeles County Breeding Bird Atlas, reporting on the first-ever project to map the distribution of all of the county’s breeding birds. To celebrate this event, the Society is hosting a public reception on March 8th, 2017, 6:30-9pm at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena.

The reception will feature a presentation by the authors on the contents of the volume and its value to scholars, naturalists, environmental consultants, land-use planners, permitting authorities, conservationists, and the birding community. Copies of the hardcover Atlas volume will be available for sale ($49.95 plus sales tax), and two of the authors will be available to sign your volume and answer questions.

The Atlas was written by avid birder Larry W. Allen and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles ornithologist Kimball L. Garrett.

Complimentary beverages and light snacks will be served commencing at 6:30 pm.
Presentation 7-9 p.m. Kindly RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (323) 876-0202 (please leave voice message if no answer.)

Directions to Eaton Canyon Nature Center:
Eaton Canyon Natural Area is located at 1750 North Altadena Drive, one block north of New York Drive in Pasadena, California. There is a sign on the east side of the street which clearly marks the entrance to the Park. From the 210 Freeway eastbound, exit at Sierra Madre Boulevard/Altadena Drive. Turn left (north) at the first light (Altadena Drive) and go 1.6 miles to the park entrance. From the 210 Freeway westbound, exit at San Gabriel Boulevard/San Marino. Turn right (north) at the second light (Altadena Drive) and go 1.5 miles to the park entrance. Place your cursor over the star on the map below for further directions.


TOPIC: 117th Christmas Bird Count Results, Los Angeles Region
SPEAKER: Daniel Cooper
WHERE: Audubon Center at Debs Park
WHEN: Wed., Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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Breaking Point: The Salton Sea

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2016
TIME: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
MORE INFO: (626) 355-9412.