Western Tanager

Birds of the Season — August 2019

Though late June and early July tend to be a slower time of year compared to the major rush of spring migration and the great variety that autumn provides, there were nonetheless a number of notable birds recorded in the county.  As July progressed into August, plenty of southbound shorebirds and a handful of passerines were already passing through.

Western Tanager, Vol. 86 No. 1, Sep–Oct 2019

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia | Photo by Cindy Hardin

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia | Photo by Cindy Hardin

INSIDE THIS ISSUE, Vol. 86 No. 1 Sep–Oct 2019 (Coming Soon)

• Majestic Malaysia | By Cindy Rosene Hardin

•Why We Pull Weeds

•INTERPRETING NATURE: Community Birding in the Heart of Los Angeles

•BIRDS OF THE SEASON

•POEM: Affair of the Air

INTERPRETING NATURE: Community Birding in the Heart of Los Angeles

INTERPRETING NATURE: Community Birding in the Heart of Los Angeles

Last year, junior staff of Los Angeles Audubon Society applied and received a scientific/research and community based grant by the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Grant Program. Thanks to their generous funding, LA Audubon was able to produce 100 calendars filled with photographs and artwork made by the community including the schools’ principal, students, and their parents/guardians. In this project; staff, Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program students and ee360 Fellowship interns led the Esperanza Elementary community in bilingual nature walks that bridged research, community engagement and art with non-scientists and non-researchers- a concept of community science.

Why We Pull Weeds

Why We Pull Weeds

BY ELEANOR OSGOOD & ALAN STARBUCK

We both volunteer to weed in our public lands as part of a habitat restoration team which is coordinated by Eleanor. But we come to this unusual habit, obsession almost, with different impetuses: for Eleanor, bird watching; for Alan, hiking. We’d like to share with you our answers to the often-asked questions “You pull weeds? Really? Why?” in the hope that it will inspire you to join us, whatever your impetus may be. Here are our stories:

Green Feather Award at LitFest Pasadena

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.

Western Tanager, Vol. 85 No. 6, Jul-Aug 2019

A Rainy Year Serves to Remind Us

A Rainy Year Serves to Remind Us

The significant amount of rain received in Southern California during this past winter was much in the news, and celebrated or bemoaned, depending on your point of view. The paucity of precipitation over the last several years left many Angelenos with distant memory of what a real rainstorm feels like, me included. Images of rain swollen rivers, landslides, road closures and flooded streets were dramatic reminders of the type of winter that had not been experienced for quite some time. In the aftermath, the much heralded “Super Bloom” of wildflowers brought people to the outdoors in droves.

Western Tanager, Vol. 85 No. 5, May-June 2019

Birds of the Season - February 2019

Birds of the Season - February 2019

December through February is that slow time of the bird year when nothing much of interest turns up, right?  In some years that statement may ring true, but it was hardly accurate this winter.  Some truly unexpected birds were found along with many lesser vagrants.  As usual plenty of continuing rarities were regularly reported at their respective locations.