TogetherGreen Volunteer Days are back for a FIFTH season!
Beginning in the fall of 2012, Los Angeles Audubon will again be participating in the TogetherGreen Volunteer Days Program, thanks to renewed funding.
TogetherGreen volunteer events are designed to connect people with ways to make a conservation difference in their local communities. By building stronger alliances with other local organizations, Los Angeles Audubon and National Audubon hope to attract new and diverse volunteers to help address pressing environmental problems and opportunities. For more information about this nation-wide program, visit www.togethergreen.org.
Events for 2012/2013
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park: Sept 23, 2012
Venice Beach Least Tern Colony: Oct 6, 2012
Politi Elementary School Yard Habitat - Nov 4, 2012
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Bird Count - February 24th, 2013
Kenneth Hahn Native Plant & Wildlife Garden - March 2nd, 2013
Venice Beach Least Tern Colony - March 10th, 2013
Earth Day event at Kenneth Hahn Native Plant & Wildlife Garden - April 20th, 2013
Conservation Art Show at Politi Elementary - May 3rd, 2013
Events for 2011/2012...
- Least Tern Colony: Sunday, October 2, 2011 9am to noon - EVENT FULL!
- Politi Elementary Schoolyard Habitat: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - details provided upon registration
- Great Backyard Bird Count at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - EVENT FULL!
- Least Tern Colony: Sunday, March 11, 2012 9am to noon - details provided upon registration
- Pampas Grass Day at the Kenneth Hahn Native Plant & Wildlife Garden: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9am to noon - details provided upon registration
- Habitat Restoration at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Sunday, April 22, 2012 9am to noon - details provided upon registration
- Conservation Art Show at Politi Elementary: Friday, May 25, 2012, 5-7pm.
More events to be announced as the year continues...
Past events for 2010/2011...
- Least Tern Colony:Saturday, September 18, 2010 9am to noon - EVENT FULL!
- Kenneth Hahn Native Plant and Wildlife Garden: Sunday, September 26, 2010 9am to noon - EVENT FULL!
- Great Backyard Bird Count at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10am to 1230pm - EVENT FULL
- Kenneth Hahn Native Plant and Wildlife Garden: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 9 am to noon
- Habitat restoration at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9 am to 1pm
Highlights from past events...
Least Tern Colony Clean-up, September 19th, 2009
Dozens of volunteers from local Toyota, Dorsey High School, and the local community removed trash and invasive plant species from the nesting colony of the endangered California Least Tern.
Here are highlights from 2008-2009 TogetherGreen Volunteer Days events...
April 18th, 2009, at the grand opening of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook...
Los Angeles Audubon coordinated with California State Parks and the Baldwin Hills Conservancy to hold this habitat restoration event as part of the grand opening of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park. Many thanks to our partner, EARTHWORKS Restoration, for expertise and support. And a huge thank-you to volunteers from Sony Pictures, Jack & Jill, Crenshaw High School Eco-club, and the local community. Dorsey High School students in the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse and Restoration Leadership Programs as well as the Dorsey Eco-club did a fantastic job of providing tours of greenhouse projects, and leading volunteers to get native plants in the ground and invasive plants off the site.
February 14th, 2009, at the not-yet-open Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park...
Who loves birds? We do!
On Valentines Day 2009, students from Dorsey High School and avid birders from the community helped to conduct the first baseline avian survey at the soon-to-be-open Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park, recording 18 species. This information will go to databases at both California State Parks and Cornell University's Great Backyard Bird Count Program. We got the one sunny day of a very rainy holiday weekend, and were lucky enough to take in the fantastic views of the Los Angeles Basin (mountains to ocean!) that this new state park offers visitors. In addition to surveying for birds, volunteers also initiated the collection of mammal tracks at this site - casts of tracks will be used to teach students about urban wildlife through Los Angeles Audubon’s outdoor education programs. We topped off our hike and bird count with a pizza party at the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse, where students in the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship Program and Restoration Leadership Program discussed the projects they are currently working on at the greenhouse. Many thanks to the students who hiked the muddy trail on Valentines Day, and many thanks to the birders who helped the students with species identification!
January 25th, 2009, at the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse...
1) Removal of more than 20 invasive castor bean trees from hillside.
2) Construction of 15 nest boxes for native insect pollinators (mason bees and leaf-cutter bees)
3) Successfully engaging young people from the local community in hands-on habitat restoration.
November 2nd, 2008, at the Native Plant and Wildlife Garden at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area...
Preceded by a wonderful rainy week (and morning), the sky put big dramatic clouds on display for us at Kenneth Hahn. We had a great volunteer turnout from the Dorsey High School Ecoclub despite the soggy weather. Volunteer Match volunteers - we'll be sure to catch you next time! At least 100 new native plants were installed in the garden, and volunteers bravely wrestled prickly pear cactus plants to help maintain the wildlife-friendly site. A HUGE thank-you to Dr. Margot Griswold and her company, EARTHWORKS Restoration, Inc., our long-time partner in all things garden-related. We are also extremely fortunate to have Dr. Griswold and her company as the primary partner for the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program, whose high school students serve as the Greenhouse Interns and Restoration Leaders that are essential to our outreach success. Thanks, EARTHWORKS, for your ideas, expertise and commitment!
Our kick-off event on September 20th, 2008, at the Least Tern Colony on Venice Beach...
We put some of our TogetherGreen funds to good use on Saturday, September 20th, 2008, when we hosted over 100 volunteers from Toyota, Dorsey High School, and the local community at the Least Tern Colony on Venice Beach. The weather was gorgeous and spirits were high as volunteers removed trash and invasive plant species and aided tern biologists. The California Least Tern is an endangered migratory bird. In Los Angeles County, it returns to only two breeding colonies, one at Venice Beach and one at the Port of Los Angeles. Through funding from the Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Los Angeles Audubon works with the California Department of Fish & Game and project biologists studying the tern colony on Venice Beach to coordinate a citizen-science monitoring program during the nesting season.