On May 19, 2019, the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program wrapped up its 11th school year. Greenhouse Interns collectively invest hundreds of hours in the research process: crafting a proposal, collecting and analyzing data, designing a research poster, and presenting their work to the public.
Los Angeles Audubon once again sponsored the Green Feather Award for eco-themed science fiction as part of The Tomorrow Prize which challenges Los Angeles County teens to explore social, scientific, and environmental issues of today through science fiction short story writing.
March and April in southern California encompass a great deal of change in the avian world. Passerine migration transforms from a trickle to a flood, wintering birds are leaving on their various schedules and breeding activity is pervasive.
From the first early arriving passerines to the waves of birds encountered in April and May, spring migration is a remarkable event to witness. While the quality and quantity of birds can vary from day to day—often due to factors we’ve yet to understand—this is a fantastic time to take to the field.
Shorebirds can briefly be seen in their breeding colors. Loons and scoters are streaming northward along the coast. The weather is generally pleasant and the landscape is lush. It could well be argued that this time of year offers more for birders than any other.
As usual, given the diversity of habitats in Los Angeles County, the variety of birds present in March and April was substantial. Wintering vagrants gradually began to disappear as spring progressed, and there were a few new discoveries to keep things interesting. Typically for this time of year, reports of new vagrants were comparatively scarce.
Long-tailed Duck | American Oystercatcher | Neotropic Cormorant | American White Pelican | Yellow-crowned Night-Heron | California Condor | Tennessee Warbler | American Redstart | GRACE’S WARBLER | Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Horned Grebe | Red-billed Tropicbird | Cook’s Petrel | Yellow-crowned Night-Heron | Flammulated Owl | Plumbeous Vireo | Red-eyed Vireo | Black-and-white Warbler | Northern Parula | Chestnut-sided Warbler | Townsend’s Warbler | Summer Tanager | Rose-breasted Grosbeak
White-winged Dove | Whimbrel | Common Loon | Yellow-crowned Night-Heron | Plumbeous Vireo | Purple Martin | Red Crossbill | White-crowned Sparrow | Ovenbird | Black-and-white Warbler | American Redstart | CAPE MAY WARBLER | Magnolia Warbler | Chestnut-sided Warbler | GRACE’S WARBLER | Summer Tanager | Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Indigo Bunting
White-winged Dove | American Oystercatcher | Sharp-tailed Sandpiper | Common Loon | Neotropic Cormorant | Yellow-crowned Night-Heron | Northern Harrier | Tropical Kingbird | Clay-colored Sparrow | Ovenbird | GRACE’S WARBLER | Summer Tanager |Rose-breasted Grosbeak