INSIDE THIS ISSUE, Vol. 86 No. 1 Sep–Oct 2019 (Coming Soon)
•BIRDS OF THE SEASON
•POEM: Affair of the Air
UPDATE: As of June 13th there have been some cancellations. If you are interested in joining the group, please send email to register BEFORE June 19th Noon. Wait for confirmation email from Susan or Mary.
ANNOUNCING A NEW WEEKLY NATURE WALK
By Eleanor Osgood, Member & Volunteer of Los Angeles Audubon Society
Los Angeles Audubon is announcing a new nature walk in partnership with THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION at their new facility in the Baldwin Hills — STONEVIEW NATURE CENTER.
On December 31, 2018 to January 4, 2019 eight Los Angeles Audubon staff and program alumni received the opportunity to participate in a backpacking trip with Outward Bound California in the Joshua Tree National Park backcountry. Both Outward Bound California and Los Angeles Audubon worked together to grant scholarships to all participants. Some of the scholarship recipients were part of the Baldwin Hills Parklands Conservation Certificate Program and others were alumni of the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program. Five of the participants that were part of the Baldwin Hills Parklands Certificate Program were Jamie, Racine, Alex, Felistus, Edgar, and Maya. The remaining two, Ingrid and Behtsabe, were Greenhouse Program Alumna. Almost all of us were new to backpacking. Edgar Pedroza and Ingrid Carrillo are currently Los Angeles Audubon staff members and they are also the writers of this reflection. They share their story in the style of a journal where they express their experience through both perspectives.
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.
•BIRDS OF THE SEASON
•POEM: Affair of the Air
I am a huge fan of California and its natural beauty, particularly that of the Southern Region. I consider myself very fortunate to live in this part of the world. However, like most people, I sometimes get swept up with workaday duties, and find that my focus narrows to the immediate, rather than the bigger picture. While this facilitates accomplishing many tasks, it can inhibit creativity and awareness that there is life beyond my tiny little corner!
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.
The California Condor, By Dessi Sieburth
Birding in Belize: A Guide Shares His Top Five Sites, By Lisa Freeman
Birds of the Season—February 2018, By Jon Fisher
Beautiful Ballona: What’s The Latest?, By Cindy Hardin
In Memory of Howard King, By Nick Freeman
PHOTO ESSAY: Audubon Docents: The Things We Saw, By Photo Essay | By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education and Photos by Leslie Davidson
YOUNG BIRDERS: Project Puffin — Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Project in Maine | By Dessi Sieburth
Coots Make Me Smile, By Contributing Author, Bev‐Sue Powers, (www.BallonaPhotography.com)
INTERPRETING NATURE: Aspiring Botanist Goes Plant‐hunting from Baldwin Hills to Yosemite, By Arely Mendia Perez, Environment for the Americas Intern, and Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education
Birds of the Season – August 2017, By Jon Fisher
ON THE COVER —Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | Photo by Mary Freeman
Birds of the Season – Feb. 2017, by Jon Fisher
A Wet, Wet, Wetland, By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education & Volunteer Coordinator
Los Angeles County’s Breeding Bird Atlas Now Available
INTERPRETING NATURE: Being a Biologist for a Day is a Great Excuse to Get Out to the Beach!, Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education |Photos by Stacey Vigallon
Hang in There, I’ll Get To It In A Bit, Louis Tucker, L.A. Audubon Field Trip Leader
YOUNG BIRDERS: Birds are Citizens of the World: Protecting our Migrating Birds, By Dessi Sieburth
ON THE COVER
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Photo by Dessi Sieburth
•YOUNG BIRDERS: Helping Birds Through Photography, By Dessi Sieburth
•CONSERVATION CONVERSATION: Western Snowy Plovers Past and Future in Coastal Los Angeles, By Travis Longcore
•Ballona Docents Head South, Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education & Volunteer Coordinator
•State of California, Audubon California and Restoring the Salton Sea
•Birds of the Season–October 2016
•Always Excited About Your Firsts: The Chase, By Louis Tucker, Field Trip Leader
•INTERPRETING NATURE: Celebrating Shorebirds, Joyce Realgeno, Education and Restoration Staff, and Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education
• ON THE COVER: Tejon Ranch Landscape Fields of Gold (May 2016) | Photo by Jason Koenig
• ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason Koenig
• TEJON RANCH: At Last We Get to Go Back up To the Mountain ‐ How ‘Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Away From The Ranch? | By Louis Tucker, Field Trip Leader for Los Angeles Audubon
• YOUNG AUTHORS: My Trip to Alaska | By Dessi Sieburth
• INTERPRETING NATURE: 2015-2016 Greenhouse Intern project abstracts | By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Interpretation, and the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Interns
• Let's Get Outside | By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education
• Birds of the Season—June 2016 | By Jon Fisher
• PRESS RELEASE: Your Breeding Bird Atlas Arriving Soon | By Larry Allen
Sometimes the Things You Want for Christmas Come Late | By Louis Tucker
Volunteer Habitat Restoration — January 2015 | Written in collaboration by Carol Babeli, LA Audubon Education Directors, Stacey Vigallon and Cindy Hardin and LA Audubon Education chair, Margot Griswold. Photos by Carol Babeli and Stacey Vigallon
Volunteer Opportunities Training
Audubon Docents Head South | By Cindy Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education, Photos by Leslie Davidson
Birds of the Season — February 2015 | By Jon Fisher
Protecting the “Least” Bell’s Vireo in California | By Dessi Sieburth
INTERPRETING NATURE — Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program, an update | By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education
• Birds of the Season—December 2014 | By Jon Fisher
• INTERPRETING NATURE: Los Angeles Audubon’s Teacher Training Fellowship: Working Together and Learning from Each Other, by Stacey Vigallon and Cindy Hardin
• Why Build Local Membership in LA Audubon? | By Brad Rumble
• Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica) | By Dessi Sieburth
• Los Angeles Audubon volunteers — doing important work in habitat restoration!, By Carol Babeli
• WFO Conference in Billings, Montana, June 10-14, 2015