LAAS joins conservation groups calling for science-based wildland fire management

Fires in California’s scrublands and forests are in integral part of their ecology. Research in the past 20 years has shown that protection of life and property must be based on understanding that large wind-driven wildfires are what cause nearly all of the devastation in our communities. The State of California is still holding on to the outdated idea that fire suppression has resulted in the loss of life and property and that massive wildland vegetation removal would reduce the risk to structures from wind-driven fires. It won’t.

The California Chaparral Institute has been a leader on this issue for nearly two decades and spearheaded the attached letter from conservation groups on the most recent “Vegetation Treatment Program” proposed by the State. It contains extensive background information and we encourage interested parties to read the letter and its attachments.

Requiem For Habitat Lost

Requiem For Habitat Lost

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine

Grant them eternal rest, o Lord

et lux perpetua luceat eis

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion

You shall have praise in Zion, o God,

et tibi redetur votum in Jerusalem.

and homage shall be paid to you in Jerusalem.

Exaudi orationem meam.

Hear my prayer.

Ad te omnis caro veniet.

All flesh shall come before you.

Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy.

Christe eleison.

Christ, have mercy.

Kyrie eleison.

Lord, have mercy.

Rare Bird Alert - Feb 22, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

White-winged Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Pacific Golden-Plover | Mountain Plover | Neotropic Cormorant | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | "Black" Merlin | Tropical Kingbird | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Cassin's Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | White-throated Sparrow | Harris's Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Orchard Oriole | BLUE-WINGED WARBLER | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy's Warbler | Pine Warbler | GRACE'S WARBER | Painted Redstart

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher

Rare Bird Alert - Feb 15, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

White-winged Scoter | Black Scoter | American Oystercatcher | Pacific Golden-Plover | Black-footed Albatross | Neotropic Cormorant | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Ash-throated Sapsucker | Tropical Kingbird | Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Bank Swallow | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | White-throated Sparrow | Harris's Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Orchard Oriole | Hooded Oriole | RUSTY BLACKBIRD | Black-and-white Warbler | Lucy's Warbler | American Redstart | Palm Warbler | Painted Redstart

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher

LAAS voices opposition to federal rule excluding seasonal wetlands from protection

Los Angeles Audubon Society’s Board voted to join 83 conservation groups across the nation in a comment letter opposing new federal action that would have the result of excluding seasonal wetlands from the Farm Bill’s seasonal wetland conservation compliance standards. Habitat loss is the main driver of bird declines and the federal government under the Trump Administration is working to erode sensible and well-formulated policies that protect habitat.

Rare Bird Alert - Feb 1, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal | White-winged Scoter | LEAST GREBE | Red-necked Grebe | White-winged Dove | American Oystercatcher | Pacific Golden-Plover | Neotropic Cormorant | Zone-tailed Hawk | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Hairy Woodpecker | White-headed Woodpecker | "Black" Merlin | Tropical Kingbird | Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Pacific-slope Flycatcher | Cassin’s Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | "Red" Fox Sparrow | White-throated Sparrow | Harris’s Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | Hooded Oriole | RUSTY BLACKBIRD | Black-and-white Warbler | American Redstart | Palm Warbler | Painted Redstart

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher

Rare Bird Alert - Jan 25, 2019

Birds Mentioned:

Eurasian Wigeon | “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal | Red-necked Grebe | White-winged Dove | Vaux’s Swift | American Oystercatcher | Pacific Golden-Plover | Lesser Black-backed Gull | Neotropic Cormorant | Swainson’s Hawk | Zone-tailed Hawk | Rough-legged Hawk | Ferruginous Hawk | Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker | Ash-throated Flycatcher | Tropical Kingbird | Scissor-tailed Flycatcher | Hammond’s Flycatcher | Eastern Phoebe | Cassin’s Vireo | RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL | Clay-colored Sparrow | Swamp Sparrow | White-throated Sparrow | Harris’s Sparrow | Dark-eyed “Gray-headed” Junco | RUSTY BLACKBIRD | American Redstart | Palm Warbler | Painted Redstart | Summer Tanager

  • Compiled by Jon Fisher