Bird Walks

FIRE UPDATE—CANCELLED BIRD WALK: Franklin Canyon Bird Walk on Sun. Dec. 10th, 2017

On account of the air quality due to the recent fires, the Franklin Canyon Bird Walk scheduled for Sun. Dec. 10th, 2017 has been CANCELLED.
For further information, please call LAAS Administrator at (323) 876-0202 or Eleanor Osgood at (310) 839-5420.

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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. . . .

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Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson

Take a break and enjoy some cool ocean breezes at our monthly Open Wetlands. We will be at Ballona from 9 am to noon the first Saturday of every month, and hope to see you there. This is a drop in event, so please come down anytime that morning.

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"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. . .

Directions: From Ventura Blvd, take Topanga Canyon Blvd 7 miles S. Turn E uphill on Entrada Rd.  Follow the signs and turn left into Trippet Ranch parking lot.  From Pacific Coast Hwy, take Topanga Canyon Blvd. 5 miles to Entrada Rd.  There is a parking fee.  Contacts: Ken: (310) 663-9411, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Chris: (310) 455-1270.


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.  LAAS bird walks 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.  For further information contact Eleanor Osgood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (310) 839-5420. Birdwalks DO NOT require advance sign-up, just show up at the specified meeting time and place.

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Saturday, Nov. 18th
Saturday, Dec. 9th
Sunday, Jan. 7th
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • 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

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
(323) 481-4037 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nature walks are FREE. If you drive, please be prepared to pay a parking fee at the lot adjacent to the Dockweiler Youth Center (meters or self-serve kiosk). The youth center is also easily accessed by bike from the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.

Special thanks to The State of California Coastal Conservancy for their support of Ballona to the Beach.

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