Birding In and Around the City of Los Angeles
Presented by Richard Barth
This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for August 28.
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
My LA 2050 Grants Challenge
Organizations throughout Los Angeles are competing for the My LA2050 award. Audubon's Wild LA Parks would be honored to have your vote!
Audubon California, in collaboration with Los Angeles Audubon and other local Audubon chapters has submitted a project for the LA2050 Challenge in the PLAY category. We want to connect people to wild birds and nature right here in the second biggest metropolis in the nation.
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
Ballona Wetlands–Docent Training begins Sept. 11, 2014
Los Angeles Audubon Society is seeking volunteers to lead nature walks for schoolchildren at the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey. Candidates must be available twice each month on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 4 hours (9am-noon) during the school year. No experience is necessary, just a love of the outdoors and a willingness to work with children. Naturalist training will be provided.
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. . .
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! ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, Sept 6
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP . . .
Saturday, September 13
Condors at Hopper Mountain NWR
DONATION SUGGESTED, SIGN-UP LIMIT OF 5 HIGH-CLEARANCE VEHICLES, 20 Max... As of July 2014, we have reached the maximum vehicle limit so further sign-ups are now closed and a wait list begun.
Mojave Desert Weekend
NO FEE, SIGN-UP REQUIRED, SIGN-UP MAX: 12 . . .
Sunday, September 28
Huntington Central Park and Bolsa Chica Wetlands
NO FEE, NO SIGN-UP
Leader: Irwin Woldman. Huntington Central Park is excellent for migrating songbirds. At Bolsa Chica, flocks of shorebirds should be heading south, with gulls starting to show up. Bring a lunch for a full day of birds. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the HCP parking lot on the south side of Slater Ave. just east of Golden West St. in Huntington Beach.
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
Saturday, October 4
Malibu to McGrath Field Trip
NO SIGN-UP, NO FEE . . .
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? ...
Wood Duck Family, Arnold Small Photographic Collection Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
IF YOU HAVE THE URGE TO VISIT THE METROPOLITAN NEW YORK AREA...
By Louis Tucker
This is a personal account of how I found surprises, wonder, joy, excitement, interesting discoveries, peace and serenity in the natural realm and more specifically - birding. And, this is about finding a place surrounded by sprawling metropolitan New York suburbia that is one of the gems of the National Wildlife Refuge system, and the appreciation of one of its species which inhabits this place. Although we'll get there in a round-about way.
By Jon Fisher
Most birders end up being interested in many more subjects than birds alone. Plants and habitats, other animals, photography and environmental issues are a few that come to mind. Climate change is another, and one which will eventually affect many of the birds we pursue in some way.
By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education
I am listed on the Los Angeles Audubon website under two titles: Director of Outdoor Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Since I am a bit old-fashioned, and still enjoy a chat on my land line, my phone number is listed as well. As you might imagine, occasionally I receive some interesting inquiries via the telephone. Just such a call came in at the beginning of July. A gentleman named Loren Kantor contacted me, with the proposal of doing a bird oriented art project. Loren is a woodblock print artist of great talent. Now, if you have ever seen a woodblock print, you can probably imagine that it is an intricate process with many steps. First, an image must be drawn onto the block, and then painstakingly carved onto what can be a very unforgiving medium. After the carving is complete, the block is then dipped into some kind of coloring agent (usually ink) and then printed on paper. This is not an undertaking for the novice-sharp tools are in play, and the process is incredibly time consuming.
By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation, and the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Interns
On May 24, 2014 students participating in the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship Program presented their research to the public at a symposium hosted by Politi Elementary School. This year, projects addressed topics ranging from noise pollution and student perceptions of nature to the effectiveness of a solar-powered birdbath. The information obtained through student research projects is available to California State Parks and the Baldwin Hills Conservancy staff and is used to inform habitat restoration at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. We are extremely proud of the work that interns did during the 2013-2014 school year, and we’re looking forward to working with a new group of Greenhouse Interns and Restoration Leaders in this fall. Below we are pleased to present the 2013-2014 Greenhouse Intern project abstracts…