May—June 2018

Bird Walks are geared for the beginner/intermediate birders looking for an introduction to local birds or a less strenuous excursion. Appropriate for young bird watchers age 6 years and older. Carpooling is encouraged. Binoculars are provided on some walks as noted below. For further information contact Eleanor Osgood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310-839-5420.

Open Wetlands at Ballona, with Cindy Hardin
1st Sat. of each month, (Except August)
May 5 & June 2

The first Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon, Los Angeles Audubon Society hosts the “Open Wetlands” event at the Ballona Salt Marsh. Binoculars will be available to borrow, and volunteers will help visitors view aquatic invertebrates through microscopes, learn about the unique ecosystems found at Ballona, and view birds through powerful spotting scopes along Ballona Creek. The buckwheat is in bloom and lots of butterflies to see. Please drop-in!

Topanga State Park Birdwalk
1st Sunday of every month
Date: May 6 & June 3
Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Leaders: Ken Wheeland and Chris Tosdevin
Ken and Chris will lead participants through this beautiful and diverse coastal mountain area. An ideal trip for a beginning birder or someone new to the area. From Ventura Blvd, take Topanga Canyon Blvd 7 miles S. Turn E uphill on Entrada Rd. Follow the signs and turn left into Trippet Ranch parking lot. From Pacific Coast Hwy, take Topanga Canyon Blvd. 5 miles to Entrada Rd. Parking fee.
Contacts: Ken: (310) 455-1401, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Chris: (310) 455-1270

Upper Franklin Canyon Sooky Goldman Nature Center
(2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210)
Second Sunday of the month
Date: May 13 & *June 10, * Please Note the June 10 Walk has been cancelled*
Time: 8:30-12:00
Leader: Eleanor Osgood
Join us as we take a casual walk around the ponds and trails of this urban oak woodland nature preserve. We are likely to see the resident Wood Ducks and as well as chaparral bird species such as Spotted and California Towhee, Wrentit and California Thrasher. Wintering ducks have arrived; we will look for Ring-billed Duck, Hooded Mergansers and American Wigeons. We also look for other wintering birds such as Sharp-shined Hawk (rare), White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Fox Sparrow among others.
Directions: From the101 Freeway, follow Coldwater Canyon Blvd. south for several miles to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive (traffic signal). Make a 90 degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. There is no sign indicating the entrance to the park; the turn at Franklin Canyon Road reads “Road Closed 800 Feet” and “Sunrise to Sunset”-- this is the park entrance; do not make a U-turn as this will take you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. Take Franklin Canyon Dr down to park entrance, turn at first left into the parking lot. From Sunset Blvd: go north on N. Beverly Drive to Coldwater Canyon Dr to Mulholland Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Drive. At the next traffic signal, make a left turn onto Franklin Canyon Dr. continue to first parking lot on the left. Binoculars provided.

Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk
3rd Sunday of the month *with the exception of December
Date: May 20 & June 17 (Fathers Day)
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Leaders: Bob Shanman and Friends
Join us for a walk through L.A.’s only remaining saltwater marsh and the adjacent rocky jetty. Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot. Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile. Turn right on Pacific Ave. The lot is on the right. Lot or street parking is usually not a problem. Three hour walk. ‘scopes helpful.
Contact: Bob (310) 326-2473; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
(4100 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90056)
3rd Saturday of the month (no walks in July or August)
Date: May 19 & June 16
Time: 8:00 a.m-12:00
Leaders: Eric and Ann Brooks, Eleanor Osgood
This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills. We are likely to see many of the resident birds such as Black Phoebe and Cassin's Kingbird, California and Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow,Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk. We will also look for wintering birds such as Merlin (rare), rufous-crowned, white-crowned, golden-crowned and fox sparrows, Western Meadowlark, Ring-billed Duck and American Wigeons among others.
The park entrance is off of La Cienega Blvd. between Rodeo Rd. and Stocker St. After passing the entrance kiosk ($6.00 parking fee) turn left (leading to the “Olympic Forest”) and park in the first available spaces. . Binoculars provided.