Bird Walks

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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. . . .

Snowy Egret on the Ballona Creek Estuary | Photo By Jonathan Coffin

Ballona Wetlands

Take a break and enjoy some cool ocean breezes at our monthly Open Wetlands. We will be at Ballona from 9 am to noon the first Saturday of every month, and hope to see you there. This is a drop in event, so please come down anytime that morning.

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"The Meadows" at Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park Birdwalk

1st Sunday of every month
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Ken Wheeland and Chris Tosdevin

Ken and Chris will lead participants through this beautiful and diverse coastal mountain area.  This is an ideal trip for a beginning birder or someone new to the area. . .

Directions: 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.  There is a parking fee.  Contacts: Ken: (310) 663-9411, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Chris: (310) 455-1270.


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.  LAAS bird walks and field trips delve into identification, natural histories and interactions observed in the field. All are welcome on either event, but no pets or small children please. Appropriate for young bird watchers age 6 years and older.  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. Birdwalks DO NOT require advance sign-up, just show up at the specified meeting time and place.

Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk

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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 
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 will look for ducks, herons and grebes on the local pond and lake. Also we will also see  resident chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Common Raven, Red-shouldered Hawk, Spotted and California Towhees, Song Sparrows and California Thrasher; Nesting season is coming to an end in the low lands; we will look for adults feeding nestlings and fledglings.

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.

Sharp-shinned Hawk at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba, 3-23-2010

Photo: Sharp-shinned Hawk, at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba)

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area (4100 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90056)
3rd Saturday of the month
(Except for July and August)
Time: 8:00–noon
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles 90056

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.

Leaders: Eric and Ann Brooks, Dick Barth

This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills. It is spring and we are likely to see the resident birds such as Nuttal’s Woodpecker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Cassin Kingbirds, California and Spotted Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk engaging in nesting activities. Besides looking for spring migrants we will search for summer visitors that nest in the park such as Hooded and Bullocks Orioles, Barn Swallow, Western Kingbird and Western Bluebird.
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.

Check out the excellent photos from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on our Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon.

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