Bird Walks

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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. . . .

Ballona Egret | Photo by Leslie-Davidson

Ballona Wetlands Wildlife, Photo by Leslie Davidson

The first Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon, Los Angeles Audubon Society hosts the “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)"

SEE ALSO: "A Wet, Wet, Wetland", Article from the Western Tanager, March-April 2017

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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.

Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk

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

Upper Franklin Canyon / Sooky Goldman Nature Center
2nd Sunday of the month
Time: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

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. In March and April, we will look for early spring migrants such as warblers, flycatchers, swallows. orioles. Resident birds have begun to nest providing a whole new way of watching birds. 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 the101 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 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. Binoculars provided.

Sharp-shinned Hawk at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba, 3-23-2010

Photo: Sharp-shinned Hawk, at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba)

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
3rd Saturday of the month
(Except for July and August)
Time: 8:00–noon
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles 90056

As of Jan. 16th, 2017 — TEMPORARY CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION FOR KENNETH HAHN PARK BIRD WALK. Meet at the lake parking lot. Take the first left past the pay station.

Leader: Eric and Ann Brooks, Eleanor Osgood This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills.

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 also look for newly arrived migrants such as Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Western Kingbird, Warbling and Hutton’s vireos. Resident birds have begun to nest providing a whole new way of watching birds.

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.

Check out the excellent photos from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on our Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon.

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