Ballona Wetlands

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. 80 No. 5, May-Jun 2014

Sandhill Cranes, Pixley NWR & Kern NWR, March 25, 2014 Photo by Tommye Hite

Sandhill Cranes, Pixley NWR & Kern NWR, March 25, 2014 Photo by Tommye Hite

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Western Tanager, Vol. 80 No. 5, May-June 2014

• Birds of the Season—April 2014 | By Jon Fisher

• Conservation Art Show 2014 at Leo Politi Elementary School

• Cactus Commencement Celebration 2014

• Sandhill Crane Field Trip Pixley and Kern NWR’s | By Jim Moore

• TRIP REPORT: Anza-Borrego Birds and More (March 22-23, 2014) | By Kurt Leuschner

• Spring in Ballona —A Little Rain Can Do Wonders | By Cindy Hardin

SCHEDULES, Bird Walks, Field Trips, Monthly Program Presentations