Northern Saw-whet Owl, Charlton Flat, 2013 Photo by Mary Freeman

Photo Credit: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Charlton Flat 2012 by Mary Freeman

"Introducing our Southern California Owls"


Mary and Nick Freeman will have an overview of the expected owl species that can be found in southern California. Southern California hosts myriad habitats where owls can be found. They will discuss the behavior of each species, illustrated with photos Mary has taken over the years. From the desert to the coast, owls fill a number of (usually) nocturnal predatory niches in the various ecosystems that make up southern California. Owls have always been an attraction to birders and non-birders alike. Nick and Mary will finish off the talk with some findings of their post-Station Fire owl surveys in the Angeles National Forest.

Mary and Nick Freeman have conducted owl survey work since 2000. They have led weekend-long owling trips to the Southern Sierra Nevada, as well as local owl prowls along the Angeles Crest Highway. They have increased our knowledge of the status and distribution of the owls in our local San Gabriel Mountain range, with their survey work. Both have been long time active members of Los Angeles Audubon Society, with Mary as your current Program Chair, and Nick your Fieldtrip Chair more than 20 years. Some of their survey work is mentioned in the new book, "Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean" by Scott Weidensaul, and was presented by Mary at the Western Field Ornithology conference in 2008.


Arrive by 6:30pm to tour the collection of the Moore Lab with James Maley, address below.

Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Room location:

Moore Laboratory of Zoology
Biology Department
Room 311 for the talk, the room is adjacent to the collection.

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