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Bird LA Day at International Bird Rescue @ International Bird Rescue
May 4 all-day
Bird LA Day at International Bird Rescue @ International Bird Rescue

Join International Bird Rescue for a special event celebrating the birds that call Los Angeles home!

We will have crafts, special presentations, a gift shop, and educational booths where you can learn more about the waterbirds that we care for and how you can take action to protect them.

Date/time: Saturday, May 4 2019, 10 am – 2 pm, 5 – 7:30 pm

Location: International Bird Rescue, 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

A special wildlife watching evening sail is being offered by our friends at Lami Topsail from 5:00 – 7:30 pm with special discounts for Bird LA Day guests. Find more information and book tickets at lamitopsail.org/events or by calling 310.833.6055

We are excited to partner with our friends Wild Birds Unlimited, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife, Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, Angels Gate Cultural Center, 5 Gyres, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the El Dorado Nature Center for this year’s event.

Bird LA Day at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden @ Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
May 4 all-day
Bird LA Day at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden @ Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Enjoy a family-friendly guided bird walk at 8 am led by Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited. Learn how to attract birds to your backyard, discover what makes a bird a bird, understand why birds sing, and more!

Free with General Admission.

Bird LA Day at the Audubon Center at Debs Park! @ Audubon Center at Debs Park
May 4 all-day
Bird LA Day at the Audubon Center at Debs Park! @ Audubon Center at Debs Park

Come help us celebrate birds and the beauty of biodiversity in Los Angeles! Did you know that Los Angeles is one of the “birdiest” cities in the country?! Well it’s true! Each year, LA is home to over 400 resident and migratory bird species!

Bird LA Day is a city-wide celebration of birds and urban nature held every May. This year’s festival is bound to excite! Bird LA Day at the Audubon Center at Debs Park is FREE and will have a little something for everyone: bird watching, native plant nursery tour, food, nature art and activities, puppet show, live Birds of Prey show, raffle and prizes!

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Early Bird Count
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Bird Hats w/ the Arroyo Arts Collective
1:00 PM: LIVE Birds of Prey Show w/ Nature of Wild Works
2:00 PM: Puppet Show w/ the Teatro Arroyo
3:00 PM: 10,000 Birds by John Luther Adams w/ Synchromy

WE HAVE ACTIVITIES ALL DAY INCLUDING:

-Nature Arts & Crafts with Girls Today Women Tomorrow and The Nature School LA
-Screenprinting with Self Help Graphics
-Native Plant Tours with NPS

Refreshments available so come get some good food and good birding in!

Get the whole flock together for a day of fun and celebration, all in the name of our feathered friends! This event is going to be a HOOT!
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Parking in the lot is limited- if lot is full, please park along Griffin Ave and enjoy a beautiful walk through the chaparral along the driveway up to the center!

We do not allow dogs in or around the center- thank you for your cooperation. Within the center’s 17 acres of protected wildlife habitat, there are many delicate habitat restoration zones and many nesting bird species. Dogs leave a predator scent wherever they explore, and that can pose a huge threat to nesting birds who may flush or abandon active nests. Leashed dogs are welcomed on many of the parks other hiking trails- Thank you for understanding!

NHM – Meet a Live Animal: Odin the Owl @ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
May 4 all-day
NHM - Meet a Live Animal: Odin the Owl @ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Come meet NHM’s resident Western Screech Owl and learn what makes him a Champion of the Night! Programs take place on Level G in the Nature Lab!
Free with paid Museum admission.

NHM – Nature Gardens Exploration @ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
May 4 all-day

Join us for a hands-on activity in our dynamic Nature Gardens. Programs meets in the Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge

Morning Bird walk with Pasadena Audubon @ Peck Road Water Conservation Park
May 4 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Morning Bird walk with Pasadena Audubon @ Peck Road Water Conservation Park

Join Pasadena Audubon for our monthly walk at Peck Road Park. Peck boasts a high species count with over 250 species seen over the years. This is due to its combination of lake, landscaped park, riparian and weedy habitats. Meet in the main parking lot off Peck Road. Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them.

Bird LA Day at Moore Lab of Zoology: Bird Walk & Mini Exhibit @ Occidental College's FEAST Student Garden
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bird LA Day at Moore Lab of Zoology: Bird Walk & Mini Exhibit @ Occidental College's FEAST Student Garden

Come celebrate the 6th Annual Bird LA Day with the Moore Lab of Zoology!

Take a guided morning bird walk with us through Occidental College, join us for a coffee date afterwards to take a closer look at some of the bird specimens from our unique museum collection, and dive into a virtual reality demo. All ages welcome at this free, fun, and family-friendly annual event where we gather to celebrate the birds and biodiversity of Los Angeles!

Campus Bird Walk: 8 – 10 AM
Mini Exhibit & Coffee Social: 10:00 AM – 12 PM

Find us on eventbrite for more details and to RSVP for this free event. Hope to see you there!

Bird LA Day Hike in Griffith Park @ Griffith Park
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Bird LA Day Hike in Griffith Park @ Griffith Park

Our leader this year, as in previous years is Don White. We’ll begin in the picnic area just behind Trails Cafe and Don will give a brief description of where the route will take us. It’s a fairly easy hike for all ages, as we stop at various points to check out birds and learn how to identify some of the species we hear or see.

Bird LA Day with Natural History Museum @ Hansen Dam @ Hansen Dam
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

The Hansen Dam basin, along the Tujunga Creek tributary of the Los Angeles River, is one of the “birdiest” spots in the Los Angeles Region – nearly 290 species of birds have been found there. On our walk we’ll explore willow forests, scrublands, wetlands and landscaped park areas at the peak of spring migration. The lakes will be full and the area will be lush with vegetation after the winter’s ample rains.

Museum ornithologists Kimball Garrett and Allison Shultz will lead the bird walk. If you have binoculars, please bring them, but we’ll have a spotting scope for close-up views of cooperative birds, and we will bring a few binoculars to lend.

TIME
Our walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.; plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. We should wrap up by 11:00 a.m.

MEETING LOCATION
Meet at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center parking lot off Foothill Blvd. at the Osborne St. exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. GPS coordinates: 34° 16’ 23.78” N -118° 23’ 01.01” W

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
From the 210 (Foothill) Freeway (east- or west-bound) exit at Osborne St./Lake View Terrace. Turn west on Foothill Blvd. and go a short 0.2 miles to the Hansen Dam Recreation Center parking lot entrance on the left.

From the I-5 (Golden State) Freeway, exit at Osborne St. Turn north and go 2.6 miles to Foothill Blvd. Turn east (right) on Foothill Blvd. and go 0.6 miles to the entrance to the Hansen Dam Recreation Center parking lot on the right.

We’ll meet at the paved parking lot on the right as you enter. Restrooms are available here.

IMPORTANT: There is a separate set of parking areas on the west side of Hansen Dam Recreation Center at the Dronfield Ave. entrance off Osborne St. Those areas include the Ranger Station and the Aquatic Center. We are NOT meeting there, so please follow the driving directions above.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Hansen Dam is served by Metro Bus Line 90.

DESCRIPTION OF THE WALK
We’ll cover about a mile on easy and mostly level dirt paths, stopping frequently to look and listen for birds. Target species include a variety of warblers, flycatchers, and other spring passage migrants as well as breeding birds of the extensive riparian woodlands and adjacent scrub, including the endangered (Least) Bell’s Vireo as well as Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, etc. Waterfowl, herons and other waterbirds will be around the lake, and swifts and swallows should be overhead. A typical spring bird walk in this area should yield 60 or more bird species.

Bird Walks for Beginners – Loaner binoculars provided @ Eaton Canyon Nature Center
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Bird Walks for Beginners - Loaner binoculars provided @ Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Pasadena Audubon will be offering 45 minute guided birdwalks every hour on the hour between 8 and 11 am. We will have loaner binoculars. Come discover the joys of birding at this lovely spot in foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Cold Creek Guided Bird Walk @ Cold Creek Preserve
May 4 @ 8:00 am
Cold Creek Guided Bird Walk @ Cold Creek Preserve

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.

Early Bird Count at the Audubon Center at Debs Park @ Audubon Center at Debs Park
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early Bird Count at the Audubon Center at Debs Park @ Audubon Center at Debs Park

Join Audubon staff and trained birders for a community science project to count as many bird species as we can at Debs Park!

We’ll start the morning off with some coffee and snacks, then we’re off to the trails! Groups will be lead on our trails throughout Debs Park for a fun opportunity to learn about our different native species and compete to count the most birds throughout the park!

Binoculars, guides, and count sheets will be provided just bring your flock!

After the count, stay for our Bird LA Day festivities at the Center!

EMAIL CCASTANEDA@AUDUBON.ORG TO RSVP!

Morning Bird Walk At the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Morning Bird Walk At the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

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.

Morning Bird Walk with Alex Coffey @ Theodore Payne Foundation
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Morning Bird Walk with Alex Coffey @ Theodore Payne Foundation

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.

Ballona Wetlands Saltwater Marsh @ Ballona Wetlands
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ballona Wetlands Saltwater Marsh @ Ballona Wetlands

Hike the trails, borrow our binoculars and tap all of your senses as you explore
the wetlands. Los Angeles Audubon docents are on hand to lead tours or grab a map and explore the education stations at your leisure.
• Ecology – learn about the tidal marsh eco-system & wildlife that thrives here
• Microscope – view aquatic invertebrates and algae samples from the Ballona Creek
• Bird Station – observe shorebirds through spotting scopes and view the tidal channel

Directions: Take Culver Blvd west to the 300 block of Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey. Enter through the Ballona Wetlands gate located in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Alkawater/Gordon’s Market.

No pets or strollers permitted due to sensitive habitat and deep sandy terrain.

Bird LA Day @ Ballona Discovery Park and Freshwater Marsh @ Ballona Discovery park
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bird LA Day @ Ballona Discovery Park and Freshwater Marsh @ Ballona Discovery park

Join us for a special event celebrating birds and native plants!
9:00 AM Family Bird Walk, binoculars provided. Limited Space, Must register in advance!
10:00 AM Native plant shop and Kids Arts & Crafts booth opens.
10:30 AM Backyard Bird and Why Grow Native Talks and potting workshop.

MacArthur Park – Bird Walk @ MacArthur Park
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
MacArthur Park - Bird Walk @ MacArthur Park

Bird walk with Brad Rumble around the lake to view an amazing array of birds and waterfowl. Meet at the northwest corner of 7th and Alvarado at 9am. Spanish translation is available.

Restoring Habitat, One Yard at a Time @ Pollack Wildlife Friendly Garden
May 4 @ 9:08 am – 11:00 am

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.

Backyard Birding with Native Plants with Steve Gerischer @ Theodore Payne Foundation
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Backyard Birding with Native Plants with Steve Gerischer @ Theodore Payne Foundation

Held outdoors under the pergola and in our demonstration gardens, this class discusses how to attract and support birds in your own backyard, including which native plants provide food, shelter, and nesting sites and materials. Bring your hat, water bottle, and binoculars! All ages welcome.

BIRD LA DAY @ UCLA @ Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, UCLA
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
BIRD LA DAY @ UCLA @ Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, UCLA

BIRD LA DAY @ UCLA

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 10-2pm

Visit the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden for a unique tour of bird sounds from all over the world. As you wander through sections of the Garden representing Hawaii, Australia, South Africa, SoCal, and more, you can listen to the songs and calls of each area’s characteristic birds using our phone-based audio tour. The Garden will also host a presentation about some of UCLA’s groundbreaking bird research, including the Bird Genoscape Project and the Center for Tropical Research.

When you arrive at the Garden, you can start your tour at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion, at the Garden’s northwest corner near Charles E. Young Drive. (For more information on the Garden’s location, visit this site: https://www.botgard.ucla.edu/plan-your-visit/)

Note: You can access the audio tour on your phone. Headphones recommended!

UCLA Bird LA Day organizers: Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) | Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden | Bird Genoscape Project | Center for Tropical Research

Stocker Trailhead/ Norman O. Houston Park @ Stocker Corridor Trail Head/Norman O. Houston Park
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stocker Trailhead/ Norman O. Houston Park @ Stocker Corridor Trail Head/Norman O. Houston Park

Los Angeles Audubon bird walk and info table. Norman O. Houston Park is part of the new Park to Playa Trail. Located between Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and the County of Los Angeles’ Rueben Ingold Park, Norman O. Houston Park Trails provides some alternative routes for trail users to modify the length of their outing.

From the 405 southbound, take the Jefferson Boulevard exit and continue east and turn right onto West Slauson Avenue.
From the 405 northbound, take the Jefferson Boulevard exit east and turn right on West Slauson Avenue. Turn left on La Cienega Boulevard, then right on Stocker Street, followed by a left onto La Brea Avenue. Parking is available at Norman O. Houston Park.

2018 National Audubon Society Photography Award Winners Exhibition @ San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
2018 National Audubon Society Photography Award Winners Exhibition @ San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center

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.

Bird LA Day – Wildlife Waystation @ Wildlife Waystation
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bird LA Day - Wildlife Waystation @ Wildlife Waystation

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.

Hawks and Coffee @ The Alcove
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hawks and Coffee @ The Alcove

The Griffith Park Raptor Survey invites you to meet for coffee to learn about the project, meet other raptor-watchers, and walk to an active (hopefully) Cooper’s Hawk nest.

NHM – Nature Gardens Walk @ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
May 4 @ 3:30 pm

Join us on a walk through the Nature Gardens to discover the amazing birds call L.A. home. Program meets in the Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.

South LA Wetlands Park @ South LA Wetlands Park
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
South LA Wetlands Park @ South LA Wetlands Park

Check out how bird-friendly habitat in the heart of the urban core can support a variety of species of birds. Enjoy a 45-minute casual bird walk at South LA Wetlands Park. Spanish translation is available. This event is free. Bring binoculars.
Meet in the parking lot at E. 54th St and Avalon Blvd.