Volume 86

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.

Majestic Malaysia | By Cindy Rosene Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education

Majestic Malaysia | By Cindy Rosene Hardin, Director of Outdoor Education

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!

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: