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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for November 21.
Call for Applications
Application Deadline is December 1, 2014 for the Ralph W. Schreiber Ornithology Research Awards for 2015
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IMAGE 1: Dorsey Students & LAAS Environmental Education Director, Stacey Vigallon
IMAGE 2: Dorsey student & LAAS interns at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook asking the public what they love about the park
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Walk Schedule
Sunday, Nov. 16th
Sunday, Dec. 7th
Sunday, Jan. 11th
9 am to 10:30 am
Since the Audubon Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it all starts with you!
The 115th Count will begin on Sunday, December 14th, 2014. The count period runs from December 14 to January 5 every year.
Cover Photo: California Quail, Lancaster CBC 2008 | Photo By Mary Freeman
Click here to open the full issue (PDF) Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 2 Nov/Dec 2014
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- 115th Christmas Bird Counts, Why Do A Count?, By Nick Freeman
- Let's Not Forget About the Little Things!, By Cindy Hardin
- Interpreting Nature, By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation
- Birds of the Season—October 2014, By Jon Fisher
- Condors at Hopper Mountain, Field Trip Report, By Dessi Sieburth
- How YOU Are Helping!, By Carol Babeli
- Schreiber Grant—Call For Applications for 2015 and Introducing Ryan Harrigan
SCHEDULES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Dockweiler Youth Center Nature Walks, Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Schedule
- Bird Walks
- Field Trips
- Monthly Program Presentations
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Support LAAS when shopping with AmazonSmile
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?
Check out this article from the Los Angeles Times. Nov. 3, 2014. Colombia Condors.
Ornithology Frequently Asked Questions | NHM.org
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. . .
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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.
When Birds Hit Windows
Every backyard birder has heard the resounding thud of a bird striking a window, and even with the best preventative measures to help birds see and avoid the glass, impacts are inevitable. But when a bird strikes a window, what can be done to help it recover?
Los Angeles, CA, October 21, 2014
Los Angeles Audubon Societyhas been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Los Angeles Audubon’s efforts in Least Tern and shorebird conservation.
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! ...
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.
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? ...
Bird Walks with Los Angeles Audubon
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.
January 10 & 11 Weekend
FEE: $10, SIGN-UP REQUIRED
Leaders Nick and Mary Freeman. Large to huge flocks of Snow & Ross' geese, White-faced Ibis and Sandhill Cranes. Stilt Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Inca Dove and Gila Woodpecker all possible to certain. The only place in the U.S. to see the impressive Yellow-footed Gull (likely)! No Limit, but sign up and provide phone, and e-mail address for more details. Meet at 7:00 a.m. Saturday at Cattle Call Park south of Brawley. Brawley Inn 760/344-1199 (leaders here – try Expedia), Calipatria Inn 800/830-1113, and Americas Best Value Inn in Westmorland 760/351-7100 are recommended. Arrive fed, bring lunches. Those who wish will eat together Saturday night. FRS radios & 'scopes helpful.
RESERVATIONS: Mail $10 fee and provide: name, e-mail address, and cell phone # if possible. MAIL TO: Susan Castor-LAAS Field Trips, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041.
January 24 & 25 Weekend
FEE: $20, LIMIT: 16
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