With so many events taking place throughout Los Angeles County, there’s something for everyone!
Join MRT staff on a guided walk in the Cold Creek Preserve lead by Dr. Tom Smith, Distinguished Professor at UCLA, and Dr. Brenda Larison, Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA. This hike will highlight the recent acquisition of the Grainger property, which added seven acres to the Preserve. This acquisition was made possible through a generous contribution from the San Fernando Valley Audubon to support bird conservation!
Please arrive at the trailhead at 8 am ready to bird! To view a map for travel and parking instructions, click here. We will provide binoculars but please come prepared with comfortable hiking shoes with good grip, hiking clothes, a hat/sunglasses, plenty of water, and your favorite bird guide! Space is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP. No previous birding experience is required to RSVP for the event but a general knowlege of the birds of Southern California will make this a more successful outing.
Bird lists generated from the nearest e-Bird hotspot will be emailed out prior to the event and a complete list of the birds of the Santa Monica Mountains can be found here and of the entire Los Angeles area here. We will document our findings using the online citizen science platform eBird created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants will be trained to use this software before heading out on the hike. All photos of the event should include the hashtags #BirdLADay and #BirdsofMRT.
A bird and nature walk in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, led by Kris Ohlenkamp, San Fernando Valley Audubon’s resident expert on everything SBWA. Local and migratory birds abound; a variety of ducks and large wading birds are a treat for children and the whole family. Bring binoculars if you can.
Join expert local birder Alex Coffey for a morning bird walk on Theodore Payne grounds in La Tuna Canyon in the Verdugo Mountains, a spot where more than 50 different species of birds have been sighted. Bring your hat, water and binoculars. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are recommended. No experience necessary; adults and children are both welcome.
Enlightening discussion including a garden tour regarding restoring and preserving wildlife habitat in our own yards and neighborhoods. Sustainable gardening practices, including the use of native, bird-attractive plants will be discussed. Please RSVP. Rain cancels.
The 2018 National Audubon Society Photography Awards winning submissions will be on display at the SFVA&CC in cooperation with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society. Selected from thousands of entries, these amazing 12 photos were chosen as the very best by a national panel of experts. This event is coincident with the Center’s “Call of the Wild exhibit of local artists’ works.
Wildlife Waystation is joining dozens of organizations across the city to celebrate Bird LA Day on May 4. Expert members of Wildlife Waystation’s Bird Team will have raptors on the hand for you to meet:
-Soot- A red-tailed hawk who was burned as a chick
-Barnee – A barn owl who was rescured with an injured wing
-Tumbleweed – A great horned owl, who suffered multiple injuries, including a broken leg, dislocated shoulder, and left wing damage
-Hatari – A golden eagle who had her left wing amputated after a probable gunshot or power-line injury.
Our collection of exotics include cockatoos, macaws, parrots and eclectus birds. (They’ll be chatting with you too!)
The event is free and open to everyone 18 years and older.