Monthly Programs 2018

2018 Monthly Programs / Speaker Series (Category)

Bringing the Birds Safely Home

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WHEN: October 10, 2018
TIME: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 North Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031
SPEAKER: Dr. Sarah Otterstrom

Even if you spend the majority of your life moving around the world, there is really “no place like home.” It is the same for birds. Though their journeys may be long and perilous, migratory birds must return safely home in order to nest. Unfortunately, recent research links population declines to mortality during migration and overwintering period. To truly protect birds throughout the year, a “full-lifecycle conservation” approach is crucial. In this upcoming event, Dr. Sarah Otterstrom will share Paso Pacifico’s migratory bird conservation program in Central America. This program integrates science, internationals collaborations, and landscape restoration in efforts to protect the endangered Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and other vulnerable migratory species. It is also transforming the way people see birds in that region by teaching kids how to watch and enjoy birds, and introducing a slingshot for binoculars exchange program. These efforts highlight the ecological connectivity between California and Central America and importance of helping the birds get home.

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Dr. Sarah Otterstrom is the Executive Director of Paso Pacifico. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis and is a 2015 Ashoka Fellow.

Sept 12 2018 Secrets Chaparral Richard Halsey

Secrets of the Chaparral with speaker Richard Halsey

WHEN: Wednesday, September 12

TIME: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, 6300 Hetzler Road, Culver City 90232

May 9, 2018 Monthly Program, Image Dark-Eyed Junco

How cities affect evolution and behavior in the Dark-eyed Hunco and the House Sparrow

Presented by Dr. Pamela Yeh

Dr. Yeh will describe research from her laboratory at UCLA addressing if and how juncos and house sparrows change their behaviors in urban environments, and how that might ultimately affect their ability to survive and thrive in cities.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Road, Culver City, California 90232

April 11 2018 Monthly Program Dan Blumstein aApril 11 2018 Monthly Program Dan Blumstein b

Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril – Dan Blumstein

Dr. Blumstien is one of the world’s authorities in behavioral ecology, famously conducting an ongoing and long-term study of marmot behavior at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. His work also extends to birds and their disturbance by humans, which he has applied in a new book, Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril. Dr. Blumstein will discuss ecotourism’s effects on biodiversity, including well-studied industry of penguin tourism, as well as the role of ecotourism in community development.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Road, Culver City, California 90232