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
• PRESS RELEASE: Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Showcases the Region's Natural Wonders
Monthly Programs–To Be Announced
Inside This Issue
Vol. 85 No. 4 Mar-Apr 2019 Western Tanager
• Being Inspired by a Brand New Birder | Louis Tucker
•Making Some Noise, and Getting Results | Cindy Hardin
• INTERPRETING NATURE: New Community Connections | Ingrid Carrillo & Stacey Vigallon
• YOUNG BIRDERS: The Bird That Follows the Cones: The Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) | Dessi Sieburth
• Birds of the Season | Jon Fisher
•Hawk Mountain of Thailand, By Linda Oberholtzer | Photos by: Chukiat Nualsri
•The Rufa Red Knot: A Long Distant Migrant Depends on the Delaware Bay, By Dessi Sieburth
•INTERPRETING NATURE: Connecting Science and the Spirit of Nature, By Arely Mendia Perez, Restoration & Education Staff Member; Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education
•BIRDS OF THE SEASON—October 2018, By Jon Fisher
•2018 End-of-Year Appeal, By Carol Babeli, Los Angeles Audubon’s Development Director
•Audubon California Assembly–Nov. 2-4, 2018
• Book Review: The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Santa Barbara County, California | Kimball L. Garrett
•Green Feather Award Winner 2018: “Let Her Play” | Aisling Murray
• INTERPRETING NATURE: Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program Research | Stacey Vigallon
• YOUNG BIRDERS: A New Discovery - Our Rufous Hummingbirds Molt in the Mexican Monsoonal Region | Dessi Sieburth
• Birds of the Season: June 2018 | Jon Fisher
Snowy Plover Conservation Program Faces An Uncertain Future
YOUNG BIRDERS: A Striking African Bird in Los Angeles County: The Pin‐tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura), By Dessi Sieburth
INTERPRETING NATURE: Using science fiction to envision the future, By Stacey Vigallon, Director of Environmental Education
Birds of The Season—April 2018, By Jon Fisher
INTERVIEW: Allow Me the Honor To Introduce To You: Irwin Woldman, By Louis Tucker
Least Tern Monitoring At Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, By Carolyn Vance, USFWS Volunteer, Seal Beach NWR
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