Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk


Photo: Franklin Canyon, A hidden gem near Mulhulland and Coldwater Canyon above Beverly Hills. Part of the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy.

Upper Franklin Canyon / Sooky Goldman Nature Center ((2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210)
2nd Sunday of the month **Please Note, June 10 2018 walk has been cancelled**
Time: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

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 as well chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Spotted and California towhees, Bewick's Wren, California Thrasher Song Sparrow engaging in spring activities such as singing, mating displays, nesting and feeding young.  Many resident birds began nesting in early spring (March and April);, if we are lucky we may see some fledgling. We will also look for migrants such as flycatchers, vireos, warblers and orioles, grosbeak; some of these birds will be staying in Franklin Canyon to nest.

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.