This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for September 25.
September 17, 2014
LAAS Bookstore Update Q&A
Q. I searched online and found a street address for Los Angeles Audubon Bookstore. When I visited the address, I did not find LA Audubon Society or the bookstore. Where is the bookstore currently located and what are the hours?
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area–Volunteer Docent Training begins Fri. Oct. 3, 2014
The Los Angeles Audubon Society is seeking volunteers to teach schoolchildren about the natural history and native habitats at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Baldwin Hills.
Bird Fest Of the Santa Monica Mountains
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Bird Photography for Birders (Not Photographers)
Presented by Bernardo Alps
Bald Eagle on Flores Island, Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada
Photo by Bernardo Alps/PHOTOCETUS
Click here to open the full issue (PDF) Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 1 Sept/Oct 2014
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- If You Have the Urge to Visit the Metropolitan New York Area, By Louis Tucker
- Interpreting Nature, By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation, and the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Interns
- Birds of the Season—August 2014, By Jon Fisher
- Birds, Ballona & Block Printing, By Cindy Hardin
- 7 Women from Nepal Ballona Tour, By Carol Babeli
SCHEDULES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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. . . .
Field Trips with Los Angeles Audubon
Owens Valley, Photo by Mary Freeman
LAAS field trip destinations are a bit further afield than our regularly scheduled bird walks. Click here for local bird walks.
Please keep reading for updated listings with instructions on how to sign-up, participation limits and applicable fees.
Sunday, November 23
Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
SIGN-UP REQUIRED (BEFORE NOV. 8TH), NO FEE, LIMIT 20
A refuge manager, volunteer John Fitch and your own Nick Freeman will drive up to 20 lucky participants around this prime limited-access wetlands / agricultural site where throngs of wintering shorebirds and numerous raptors are seen. Nelson's (Sharp-tailed) Sparrow and Pacific Golden-Plover are usually sighted. The refuge is part of the Naval Weapons Station with the following participant specifications:
Hey everyone! Here's a small story from LAUSD's TV station KLCS which promotes LAAS nicely. The reporter was there for our Conservation Art Show this past spring. http://vimeo.com/102168756
"Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change"
By LOUIS SAHAGUN, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 9, 2014
Ornithology Frequently Asked Questions
I found a sick / injured / orphaned bird; what should I do?
Only licensed rehabilitators may possess and care for sick, injured, or orphaned native birds. . .
Watching how a bird acts, eats or flys, helps you learn to identify birds. One of the main skills to be acquired by the birder is learning to watch how a bird acts and to recognize certain behaviors.
There is a most informative online guide by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In the section All About Birds you will find information to develop birding skills by learning the birding basics.
Go Native to Attract Birds!
Los Angeles Audubon presents this page to explain what a native plant is, the intricate relationship between our California native plants and our native bird populations, the benefits of ‘going native’, and, importantly, how to go native to get more birds in your yard! ...
July 24, 2014
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology-Question of the Week
Q. I’m seeing fewer birds in my yard. Is something affecting their populations? ...
Guide to Bird-Friendly Tree and Shrub Trimming and Removal
After recognizing the significant threat to nesting birds posed by the annual spring and summer tree trimming conducted by the City of Los Angeles, other cities within Los Angeles County, homeowners, and businesses. We want to save as many nesting birds during the breeding season as we possibly can, to ensure that Los Angeles does not contribute to the declines in bird species. Read more for a quick reference guide, important telephone numbers. And read the guide online, English or Spanish, or print out your own booklet.
Fundraiser—JCB Scholarship Program
July 17, 2014
The Los Angeles Audubon Society is fundraising to endow the newly created JCB Scholarship Program. The goal of the scholarship is to support the future academic and career development of high school students from LA Audubon’s Baldwin Hills Greenhouse program.
Christmas Bird Count—Los Angeles
Sun. Dec. 28, 2014
This is one of the oldest CBC’s in the U.S., having been run nearly continuously since the 1930s. Its boundaries extend from Playa del Rey on the coast east to Griffith Park, and takes in large areas of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains, including the Ballona Wetlands and Franklin Canyon Park at one of two locations.
Threatened Western Snowy Plover Project, Volunteer Training begins in Jan. 2015
Los Angeles Audubon will conduct a training session for volunteers interested in helping to monitor the Snowy Plover, a small bird that lives on Los Angeles County beaches. Volunteers have been surveying Los Angeles County beaches since 2007, gathering data on wintering plovers and that might attempt to breed in the spring.