The Great Backyard Bird Count is a yearly tradition that calls upon bird watchers of all ages to spend at least 15 minutes watching and counting birds. Once finished, participants submit their sightings to either eBird or birdcount.org. Your participation contributes to citizen science and creates a snapshot of distribution and abundance of bird species. The backyard bird count 2018 is February 16-19!Read More
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the second annual Los Angeles Bird Fest. The free event was put on by the Western National Parks Association with participation by the National Audubon Society, International Bird Rescue, Heal the Bay, California Wildlife Center, and other vendors and organizations. The event kicked off at 9AM with bird walks being led by San Fernando Valley Audubon volunteers.
The first bird walk of the morning was led in two different groups that explored around the nearby King Gillette Ranch.Read More
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eBird have been hard at work bringing improvements to the online bird checklist site, eBird. Their latest update on November 3rd brings the ability to attach photos and audio clips to bird checklists. This rich media becomes a part of the Macaulay Library, which acts an a permanent archive for eBird data.Read More
On Saturday, December 5th, 2015, the Western National Parks Association is hosting the 2nd annual Bird Festival in Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. This free event is a great chance to meet local bird experts, go on a guided bird walk, watch a live bird presentation, and more.Read More
I was excited to receive an email from Cornell this morning announcing a new online tool called Merlin Photo ID. This tool, similar to Bird Snap, uses “computer vision technology” to identify birds online from photos that you upload to the software.Read More
Starting tomorrow May 2nd, 2015, bright and early, there will be about two dozen birding activities happening: bird walks, rooftop bar hangout + bird watching, art workshops, museum activities, picnics and more! Tomorrow will be a great time to meet other birders and expand your knowledge of all the amazing birds the call Los Angeles county home.Read More
The voting season is upon us and I was reached out to by someone working with the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department to help inform LA voters about Proposition P.
Back in 1992, voters passed the Safe Neighborhood Parks Tax which helped fund almost 1,500 neighborhood and regional park projects. This small $23/year tax was used to fund 244 nature trail projects, 33,000 acres dedicated to parks or open space, 175 tree planting projects, and much more.Read More
Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a release of three Western Gulls that we helped rehabilitate at International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, CA.
We frequently receive injured or sick gulls and other aquatic birds at the rehab center. The veterinary staff does their best to plan a path to wellness for these birds.Read More
Gaining personal fulfillment has been on my mind a lot lately. I have been wanting to make a difference with birds and get a chance to work with wild ones for a while. A quick google search pointed me to a few different volunteer opportunities in Southern California. The one that stuck out the most to me was volunteering at the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, California.Read More
Get a comfy chair and get ready to count feathered critters that visit your backyard from February 14-17th!
Starting Friday, everyone is encouraged to top off their bird feeders with delicious seeds and watch and count the birds that visit for at least 15 minutes. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the National Audubon Society wants everyone with a backyard to count birds—for science; Make a list of the species you see and keep a guide nearby to look up any birds you may be unfamiliar with. Also, count how many of each bird species you see.Read More
December is coming to a close, and some of you may have participated in one or more “Christmas Bird Counts.” What is a Christmas Bird Count, you may ask? Well, it is an annual “bird census” that is performed by volunteers mainly in North America during the month of December. Over 100 years ago people used to go on what were known as “Side Hunts” where they shot and killed as many birds as possible, trying to kill more than their peers. They recklessly did this every year without regard for bird species or rarity. In the year 1900 Frank Chapman suggested to do a bird count rather than a hunting contest (go conservation!), thus the Christmas Bird Count was born.Read More