The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up this Presidents Day Weekend. This four day event helps scientists understand more about bird populations. The GBBC also tells us a lot about the health of our own neighborhoods. And since some of us see all of L.A. as our backyard, this count allows us to contribute wherever we are backyarding, be it your actual backyard, a local park, the L.A. River, or LA City Hall.
We’ll be posting more about how to get involved in the GBBC, but in the meantime, we wanted to provide you with some info about ways to brush up on your birds. Audubon Chapters and our Audubon Center in Los Angeles offer great opportunities for beginners and families to learn better ways to identify local birds. Here’s January’s offerings:
January 11th, 9– 10 am, Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Beginner Birdwalk
January 11th, 9 – 9:45 am and 10 -10:45 am, maybe a little more, Birding on the Los Angeles River with Bird L.A. at the Elysian (brunch and coffee on the west bank of the LA River – located at 2806 Clearwater. 90039 )
January 11th, 9 – 11 am, Beginner and Family Birdwalk with San Fernando Valley Audubon at Sepulveda Basin
January 26th, 9 – 10 am, L.A. River Birdwalk at Marsh Park with the Audubon Center at Debs Park and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
January 26th, 10 – 11 am, Malibu Lagoon Child and Parent Birdwalk with Santa Monica Bay Audubon.
So get out there and start practicing. Of course there are many other opportunities to go birding with Audubon this month, so check out our calendar.
Photo by Martha Benedict