Volume 74, Number 6 July/August 2008

a publication of Los Angeles Audubon www.laaudubon.org

Tejon Ranch Agreement
Audubon California and other conservation groups save up to 90% of Tejon Ranch Groups agree not to oppose 10% that will be developed chapters including Los Angeles Audubon Board members Jenny Jones and Kimball Garrett on a day-long tour of the ranch just before the announcement. We witnessed a range of habitat as we drove from the San Joaquin Valley agricultural fields and grasslands to foothills of oak woodlands – there are 10 species of oaks on the property! – to slopes covered with Blue Oaks still brown before leafing, and covered in ice and sleet two days before the tour, to fir and pine at the very top where Kimball heard Purple Martins (over 10% of the California population of Purple Martins are on this ranch). We drove down the other side to Joshua tree forest and fields of wild flowers in bloom in the Antelope Valley where Kimball found a Night Lizard, Scott’s Oriole and other goodies. It was the first time any of us had been on the property, which is home to more than two dozen state and federally listed plant and animal species including Condor and up to 17 bird species on the Audubon Watch list including Golden Eagle, Spotted Owl, Purple Martin, Willow Flycatcher, and Tricolored Blackbird.

by Garry George

The agreement puts in place: Permanent Conservation – Safeguards 240,000 acres, including 178,000 acres through an enforceable conservation easement and dedicated open space donated by Tejon Ranch Company, a publicly traded company, as well as the option to purchase an additional 62,000 acres within three years. Governance and Funding Establishes an independent Tejon Ranch Conservancy to manage and restore landscape, monitor the conservation easements, and provide


n Thursday, May 8, 2008 Audubon California, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Endangered Habitats League, the Planning and Conservation League and Resource Opportunities, LLC announced that they had reached an agreement with Tejon Ranch Company to protect up to 240,000 acres or 90% of the 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch after 20 months of negotiation. Tejon Ranch is at the convergence of four important California habitat areas - the end of the Southern Sierras, the Coastal Ranges, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Antelope Valley. Two Audubon California Important Bird Areas are on the property in the conservation zone, and the high mountain ridges are prime Condor critical habitat designated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This writer accompanied Board members from four Southern California Audubon
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Oak Grove at Tejon Ranch

for public access. The agreement also provides it with a permanent funding source through a transfer tax on lots and homes sold and resold on the ranch and initial funding. Public Access – 37 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail will be realigned in order to allow hikers to cross the Tejon Ranch. The agreement also commits all parties to work together to establish a state park on a portion of the ranch, and the Tejon Ranch Conservancy will manage a public access program. Agreement – Audubon California and its partners agree not to oppose three development projects on 10 percent of the Tejon Ranch. These developments will still be subject to public review and applicable federal and state environmental protection laws. The “not to oppose” agreement is the bitter pill. Tejon Ranch Company plans three developments, one in Los Angeles County called Centennial in the Antelope Valley, where 24,000 homes will replace Antelope Valley open space, create massive traffic on the 5, and massive water and energy needs to service a new population. Tejon Mountain Village will follow; a development of around 1,800

exclusive homes on huge lots on ridge tops in critical habitat for the California Condor. The third development in Kern County is an expansion of an industrial park that already houses an Ikea distribution center. Audubon chapters, as individual 501 (c) (3)s, are not party to the agreement, and can oppose these developments as can Center for Biological Diversity, which pulled out of the negotiations, and other groups concerned about clean air, water, traffic and habitat destruction. A d d i t i o n a l l y,

USF&Wildlife Service would have to comment on critical habitat for the Condor. But the kinds of financial and staff resources that it might take to defeat these developments would be more than daunting without a large coalition willing to take on Tejon Ranch Company. Los Angeles Audubon is awaiting the impending EIRs for Centennial and Tejon Mountain Village, and celebrates the conservation of 240,000 acres of this spectacular habitat.
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Tejon Ranch stream

Audubon House Library
os Angeles Audubon is pleased to announce that digital editions of our 74 year collection of Western Tanager newsletters are now available in the Audubon House Library of our headquarters in Plummer Park. The printed newsletters, first published in the year 1934, have been converted into fully text searchable, PDF files. This addition to our library will be a valuable asset to researchers and historians, as well as to casual birders who are interested in this tremendous body of work. These files are now readily available and easily retrievable. The digital files are stored on CDs and our computer hard drives. Please schedule library computer time with the staff at Audubon House by calling (323) 876-0202.

Published by Los Angeles Audubon Society, a chapter of National Audubon Society. EDITOR: Garry George LAYOUT: Susan Castor CONSERVATION: Garry George FIELD TRIPS: Nick Freeman PELAGIC TRIPS: Phil Sayre PROGRAMS: Mary Freeman ORNITHOLOGY CONSULTANT: Kimball Garrett PRINTING: G2 Graphics Services, Inc. Opinions expressed in articles or letters herein do not necessarily express the position of this publication or of Los Angeles Audubon Society. PRESIDENT: Mary Freeman 1st VICE PRESIDENT: David De Lange 2nd VICE PRESIDENT: Paul Fox EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Linda Oberholtzer RECORDING SECRETARY: Eleanor Osgood TREASURER: Lisa Fimiani EXECUTIVE PAST PRESIDENT: Dexter Kelly EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Postion Open


Excerpt from the Western Tanager, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 1934 “Conceived with the idea of stimulating interest in our feathered friends, THE WESTERN TANAGER will be published by the Los Angeles Audubon Society for distribution to its members and to others interested in the activities of Audubon. In addition to the news of the Society, THE WESTERN TANAGER will contain as many feature articles, curious facts, and other interesting information about the birds as can be crowded into the available space. We hope that you will welcome this new venture of the Audubon Society, and that you will help your editor to make it a success by communicating with her whenever you feel you have something that will be of interest to the others.” —Editor, Mrs. Raymond Brennan

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Los Angeles Audubon receives $111,000 grant for after school program at Baldwin Hills
Baldwin Hills Conservancy has awarded a $111,000 grant to Los Angeles Audubon to create and manage an after school program at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook site at the new California State Park. The project will engage students from Dorsey and Crenshaw Highs in growing native plants from seed and restoring the Baldwin Hills to create habitat for wildlife. The symbolic mascot of the project is the Cactus Wren, which used to be present in the Baldwin Hills. Project Director will be Margot Griswold, Project Director for the Native Plant & Wildlife Garden. As a restoration ecologist,
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Margot has restored coastal sage scrub in Orange County to the extent that California Gnatcatchers have inhabited and bred in her restoration, and the Owens Lake bed dust mitigation in the Eastern Sierras, among many other projects. Project Manager for the program will be Stacey Vigallon, Los Angeles Audubon Director of Interpretive Programs, who is also developing the education program at the Native Plant & Wildlife Garden at Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area with help from Barbara Courtois and Cindy Hardin, Directors of the Ballona saltwater marsh education program. See Volunteer Corner page 8.

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Hansen Dam —by Kimball L. Garrett
n 2007, I made the circuit of local Audubon Chapters to present a talk I called “Birding on $4 a Gallon” –a call for more intensive local “patch” birding in the face of increasing gasoline prices and, more urgently, the environmental and societal costs of burning fossil fuels to undertake “late 20th Century style” long-distance bird chasing. Feeling some responsibility to practice what I’ve been preaching, I have a patch of my own – Hansen Dam in the northeastern San Fernando Valley. The Hansen Dam basin and surrounding habitats along Big Tujunga Creek fit my criteria for an “ideal” patch in several ways. It is close – about a third of a gallon of gas for the round trip from my house. It has a variety of habitats (open water, marsh, riparian forest, alluvial sage scrub, and landscaped park land) and, consequently, harbors a satisfying diversity of bird species. Finally, it’s small enough to be birded in a day – albeit a long day if all habitats are to be covered. Hansen Dam is gritty, and not especially user-friendly. Homeless encampments and weekend hordes of recreationists and revelers make it distinctly offputting at times to one seeking nature. But it increasingly typifies the urban-adjacent wildlife experience in our obscenely overpopulated region. The Dam basin and upstream washes host several key breeding riparian species (15+ Bell’s Vireo territories, Blue Grosbeaks, Yellow-breasted Chats,


Willow Forest Lake, Photo by Kimball Garrett

Swainson’s Thrushes) as well as alluvial scrub specialists (Lesser Nighthawk, Cactus Wren, and this year a single California Gnatcatcher). Nesting waterbirds have included Least Bitterns, Western Grebes and Spotted Sandpipers. The occasional rarity adds spice, such as Brown Pelican (April 2002), Little Blue Heron (May 2007 and May 2008), Broadwinged Hawk (October 2002, November 2003), Crested Caracara (January-February 2007), Yellowthroated Warbler (May 2007), and Painted Redstart (September 2004). Most morning visits yield 70 to 90 species, depending on the time of year. I’ve identified another criterion for a good birding patch – that the natural history data generated from coverage of the patch can influence management of the area for habitat quality and bird conservation. The Hansen Dam area and Big Tujunga Wash are replete with environmental challenges.

There are constant and growing pressures to add high-density recreation and equestrian development, and wildlife issues take a back seat to flood control, human safety, and sometimes even commercial needs. The bird data for this patch that I and others have generated (my database now includes over 17,000 entries) can provide ammunition for arguing for the protection of diverse wildlife in the area. Covering the patch is the fun part – putting the information to work is the important challenge.

Kimball Garrett is the Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Scientific Advisor to the Board of the Los Angeles Audubon Society. His latest book, Birds of the Los Angeles Region (with Jon Dunn and Bob Morse) is available at the Los Angeles Audubon Nature Store.
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The Membership Department wishes to thank all of our members and Los Angeles Audubon also thanks donors, both new and renewed! Your memberships help us to fulfill the following Donors who responded with donations for our mission... other program needs: “The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.”
Jack Bath Mary Renaker & Eric Brazel Harvey Fisher Albert & Elizabeth Garrison Susan Krebs Peggy & Donn Miller Margery Nicolson Steve Shunk Johanna Dawes - Pat’s Big Year Eleanor Osgood & Rich Waters - Pat’s Big Year We thank the following people that made heartfelt donations in honor of loved ones: In Memory of Herb Clarke, Larry Allen Richard Barth Jack Bath Fred & Jennifer Brantly Elaine Green Karen Johnson John McCoy Jean Pickus Cynthia Schotte Stephen Tabor Laura J. Vance The Membership Department also wishes to extend a very special thank you to the volunteers who help address, stuff, and stamp our membership information and invitation packets. Hanna Hayman Dorothy Schwarz

Fred Alcantar Jr. Elizabeth Jamie Alter Joseph Andrews Frank Arentowicz C. M. Armstrong Jack L. Bath Bettina Bennewitz Michele Bigelow Eric Brazel Katie Brennan Betty J. Brown Thomas Chell Barbara Courtois Glen C. Dake Zan Dubin-Scott Linda Dunn Joi Edwards Lloyd Ely Diane Farag William Farhood Donna M. Fernholz Harvey Fischer Bridget Fitzsimons Jerry & Jeanette Gadt Albert Gasser Donna Groman Marcia D. Hanscom Eric Hansen Melissa Haylock Nan Helgeland Tommye Hite Cynthia Jackson Joyce A. Kidd
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Dr. Kathleen Komar Richard Krafsur Suzanne Larky Dr. & Mrs. Emil M Lichina Peggy & Donn Miller Michael Lynton Mr. L. R. Marks John W. McCoy Karen Molleson & Lowell Hill Paul & Irene Oppenheim Linda Peterson Regina Phelps Judith B. Raskin Mary Renaker Bernhard Rohrbacher Joseph Ruggeri Kathleen M. Sacchi Bruce & Joyce Schoppe David G. Seay Arlyne W. Shepro Ross Shideler John Silvester Dr. Nellie Becker- Slaton William Slaton Scott & Laurie Szogas Robert Thomas Anthony Tomicich Dr. Joshua Trabulus Aino Vimb Bob Walden Sandra Wolchok Mrs. Susan Wolin Amy Worell DVM

Protecting the San Fernando Valley Activists from Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Audubon joined forces in efforts to protect Hansen Dam (an Audubon California Important Bird Area) from an equestrian facility and Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area from an extension of the 405 and 101 interchange. On April 19, Kimball Garrett led a group of Board and staff from both chapters on a morning tour of Hansen Dam alluvial and coastal sage scrub and wetlands habitat finding an extraordinary mix of bird species including Least Bell’s Vireo, California Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat and Blue Grosbeak among others. The group is planning to strategize for protection and more public awareness of this valuable and unique remaining piece of habitat in Los Angeles. The group also toured an area proposed for an equestrian facility and found two Cactus Wren nests that could be impacted from the development of the facility. Armed with this knowledge, San Fernando Valley Audubon’s Conservation Co-Chairs Kris Ohlenkamp and Seth Shteir opposed the facility in Park Advisory Board meetings and in meetings with House of Representitive Howard Berman, and with Los Angeles City Parks. Meanwhile, San Fernando Valley President Muriel Kotin gathered a group of activists for the May 14 hearing on development around the 405-101 interchange, and opposed alternatives 2 and 3. The EIR/EIS for the project acknowledges that those alternatives would impact Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area greatly. County Birds of Special Concern Los Angeles. Audubon members Larry Allen, Eleanor Osgood, Mary Freeman and staff members Garry George and Stacey Vigallon are working with biologists Tom Ryan, Dan Cooper, Kimball Garrett and Mike San Miguel to create a list of Los Angeles County Sensitive Species based on data from Christmas Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Atlas and historic data as far back as Grinnell. Once the list is prepared, Los Angeles Audubon will be enlisting the support of other chapters in Los Angeles County on conservation efforts identified by site and priority. Tree Trimming Every spring Los Angeles Audubon receives multiple calls from members worried about the effects of tree trimming on nesting birds. Recently, Board member Eleanor Osgood and members Eric and Ann Brooks, noticed tree trimming in Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area at Baldwin Hills Park, and stepped in to advocate with park superintendent and tree trimming staff on awareness of bird nests. Eleanor, Eric and Ann tried to identify trees that might have nests in them before the trimmers got to them. In response, Los Angeles Audubon is writing up a policy on tree trimming that will include a review of local laws and recommendations on time periods that are safest for different groups of species of birds, and how to look for nests. This policy will be distribured in meetings with Los Angeles County and City parks, Port of Los Angeles, and other agencies that order tree trimming. Pesticides and birds of UCLA New Los Angeles Audubon member Linda Navroth advocated with the Maintenance Department of UCLA to consider using different or no pesticides on the UCLA campus out of her concern for species such as Bewick’s Wren that she observes there. Linda researched the impacts of the pesticides used by UCLA on birds and provided her research to UCLA. Her request is under consideration. Meanwhile, we’ve asked Linda to join in the tree trimming policy effort as a result of her fine efforts to protect birds on the UCLA campus.
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News and Announcements
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS for Los Angeles Audubon now available.
Due to popular demand, Los Angeles Audubon has recently begun issuing Lifetime, Chapteronly memberships for $1,000.00. A chunk of money —yes— but, somewhat mitigated if one or more of the following might apply to you: you anticipate being a greater Los Angeles birder for two or three decades (they really pass quickly!); you itemize your tax deduction (Los Angeles Audubon is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization); you really get tired of mailings to renew memberships (sorry!); or you really believe in the many recreation, conservation, education, restoration and research projects that make up Los Angeles Audubon. By declaring your unquestionable affiliation with our chapter, you can know as you read the Western Tanager, that your level of involvement, more than ever, makes happen all of those facets of Los Angeles Audubon that most appeal to you. You will also receive a note expressing the eternal gratitude of everyone in the Los Angeles Audubon organization. Call Audubon House at (323) 876-0202 to pay by telephone using your credit card, or mail your check to: Los Angeles Audubon-Membership, P.O. Box 931057, Los Angeles CA 90093-1057.

LOS ANGELES AUDUBON wins Members voted at the May 14th TOYOTA Together Green meeting for the following slate for Los Volunteer Days grant!
Angeles Audubon’s Board of Directors for the fiscal year 2008-2009. President – Mary Freeman 1st VP - David DeLange 2nd VP – Paul Fox Treasurer – Lisa Fimiani Executive Secretary – Linda Oberholtzer Recording Secretary – Eleanor Osgood LOS ANGELES AUDUBON has won one of the first round of grants in the TOYOTA/AUDUBON Together Green partnership.

BOARD SLATE 2008-2009

Los Angeles Audubon will receive $7,000 to use for volunteer events in the Baldwin Hills in partnership with other organizations Dexter Kelly will remain on the in the community such as Friends of Board as Executive Past President, a Baldwin Hills. non-elective, voting position. The grant recipients were Executive Director, Garry announced on Friday, May 30, 2008. George leaves Los Angeles Stacey Vigallon, Los Angeles Audubon on June 30, 2008 to Audubon Director of Interpretive become Chapter Network Programs, will oversee the grant Director for Audubon California. project and grant funding in the Baldwin Hills. The Board is currently interviewing new candidates for Stacey's recent project with the the position. Dorsey High Eco Warriors to remove Garry will continue to serve with Los Angeles Audubon as a member of the organization, a member of the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Conservation Committee.
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invasive non-native vegetation from the Least Tern colony on Venice Beach is also featured on the www.togethergreen.org website, as a feature community work. http://www.togethergreen.org/Projects/ FeaturedCommunityWork.aspx

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he Baldwin Hills area has become a new focal point for Los Angeles Audubon education and outreach activities. Currently in development for Fall 2008 are docent programs at both Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and the new Baldwin Hills Overlook Park.

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We are extremely excited about the tremendous interpretive and outreach possibilities at this site, and welcome any and all volunteers who want to share their love for the natural world with park visitors. Please let us know if you’re interested and we will continue to keep you informed as the program takes shape. To request more information about these programs and other volunteer opportunities, contact: Stacey Vigallon (tern@laaudubon.org, (323) 481-4037) or Eleanor Osgood (volunteer@laaudubon.org).


The Kenneth Hahn program is geared toward students in grades 312 who are attending inner-city Los Angeles schools. Participating classes will spend time outdoors learning about the ecology of the Baldwin Hills through scientific inquiry, field sketching, and orienteering. Hands-on activities and a multidisciplinary approach will be emphasized, and the curriculum has been developed to align with California State Education Standards. People interested in volunteering should have a great enthusiasm for the natural world and for working with children. Educational outreach volunteers will visit teachers and their students in the classroom in order to introduce them to the ecology of the Baldwin Hills. Classes will subsequently visit Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area for a two-hour field trip, during which volunteers will lead them on a range of outdoor activities. A volunteer training session will be provided in late summer that covers plant and wildlife species of the Baldwin Hills, ecology of the coastal sage scrub plant community and interpretive techniques. Volunteers will receive a comprehensive training manual.

The new Baldwin Hills Overlook Park is tentatively scheduled to open in Fall 2008, and we’re still working closely with California State Parks on the details of the new docent program at this location. However, what we do know for certain is that we’ll need motivated birders and nature-lovers interested in spending time as docents at this exciting new park. The site has a stunning view of the Los Angeles Basin (mountains to ocean!) and will have a native plant garden and interpretive center. In addition, the surrounding hillsides will gradually be restored to native coastal sage scrub habitat through hands-on projects conducted by interns from local high schools working with restoration ecologists.

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I n t e r p r e t i ng n at u r e
elcome to the new Interpreting Nature column. The goal of this new feature is to keep readers apprised of Los Angeles Audubon’s natural science interpretation projects.


We also have big ideas for our Snowy Plover, Least Tern, and Audubon At Home programs, and we’ll keep you posted as they progress. Not only do we have a new column about interpretation, but we’d also like to introduce you to our new intern who will be working on several of Los Angeles Audubon’s interpretation projects.

But first an essential question… What exactly is natural science interpretation? Essentially, natural science interpretation involves translating concepts and data from highly technical science-speak into verbal and visual components easily understood by people who aren’t scientists. Ideally, the finished project is engaging and leaves the participant feeling well informed. If you’ve ever been to a museum or nature center, thumbed through a field guide, or watched a natural history documentary, then you’re well acquainted with science interpretation. Los Angeles Audubon’s interpretive projects include docent programs, printed publications, and outdoor signage. The long-running Ballona Wetlands education program managed by Cindy Hardin and Barbara Courtois is an excellent example of science interpretation in action. Other docent and education programs are in development for Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area as well as the soon-to-open Baldwin Hills Overlook Park (more on that in this issue’s Volunteer Corner). Last fall Los Angeles Audubon published a guide to the native plant garden at Kenneth Hahn, and permanent signs for a self-guided tour of the garden are soon to follow.

by Stacey Vigallon Rosemary Virula is currently a senior at Dorsey High School and will be graduating in June. She participated in both Least Tern colony clean-ups during the school year, helped collect data for the Great Backyard Bird Count this past spring, and has been an active member of her campus’s eco-club and student leadership program. Rosemary will attend CSU Northridge in the fall.

Rosemary Virula, Intern
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birds of the season

by Jon Fisher


panning a mix of habitats from ocean to coast to mountains to interior deserts, Los Angeles County experiences a rich and varied spring migration. Nearly every species of bird that migrates through California this spring, is heading north through the county at some point between January and early June. And these migrants can be found almost anywhere. While the Los Angeles basin is hyper-developed, it is still a relatively hospitable environment for migrating songbirds. Even the downtown area has many parks and patches of green, and in suburbia there are homes and parks with exotic trees, shrubs, water features and endless lawns. While not ideal, these areas mitigate at least to some extent the habitat lost due to human population growth. Out on the desert, some human activity can actually be a good thing. Any patch of green— ranches, irrigation ditches, windbreaks, city parks and golf courses— offers an oasis for birds in need of food, water and rest and a great place for birders to look for them (assuming of course that the owner is amenable). Spring on the desert is often windy and some days may be slow, but others can produce plenty of birds.

For all its potential however, reports indicated that migration through early May was underwhelming. Weather conditions conspired with the calendar to turn some of the best April weekends into hot, dry and relatively birdless ones. Migrants were certainly moving through, but for the most part impressive numbers of birds were not being encountered. Even our ABC (America’s Birdiest County) competition reflected the trend and scored markedly fewer birds than last year’s knockout 272. Observers did find 256 different species from April 26-28, which is quite respectable by any measure and undoubtedly will match up with the top few counties in the country. Each spring similar numbers of birds follow the same migration routes, but changing conditions on the ground and in the air can produce noticeably different results from one year to the next, at least from the human observer’s perspective. Weather fronts, winds, heat, the marine layer and the concentrative effects of drought - or lack thereof - all have their effects on observed numbers of birds. Nevertheless, a variety of northbound migrants as well as lingering wintering birds combined

to paint the picture of Los Angeles County avifauna from mid-March through mid-May… Aside from a Snow Goose continuing in Willowbrook through early April and few lingering Cackling Geese, the only other noteworthy report was of two Brant- common migrants along the coast but scarce inland- at the Piute Ponds on Edwards AFB on May 6 (Mike San Miguel). Aside from the usual Surf Scoters, one White-winged Scoter was at the Ballona Creek mouth from March 21-30 (Barbara Johnson) and at least three remained at Quail Lake near Gorman through April 4 (Jon Feenstra). A single Black Scoter continued at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo through April 2 when it was joined by a second bird (Richard Barth). Another Black was at Point Dume on April 5 (Mike San Miguel) and two more were at the Ballona Creek mouth on April 8 (Tori Collender). Other sea ducks included a female Long-tailed Duck continuing at Ballona Creek mouth through March 30 and an immature male off Dockweiler Beach on April 1321 (Richard Barth).


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Back in May of 2007, an adult Little Blue Heron appeared at Hansen Dam. A year later almost to the day, what was probably the same bird was there again on May 10 (Kimball Garrett). Swainson’s Hawks continued to move through in small numbers with a half dozen sightings totaling three dozen individuals being tallied during the period. A coordinated effort to find these hawks would likely turn up many more, as they can easily pass through unnoticed. Solitary Sandpipers put on a decent show with the first report coming from Madrona Marsh in Torrance on April 2 (Dave Moody). This was followed by five other individuals at various locations and a group of three- an unusual number for spring- at the Sepulveda Basin on April 27. Another Solitary at the Piute Ponds on May 3 was the only one reported away from the coastal plain (Mike San Miguel). Red Knots aren’t all that rare along the southern California coast, but in Los Angeles County there are precious few places one has a hope of finding them. Thus one at Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey on March 26-30 was of interest (Michael Zarky). There are but a handful of documented records for this locality. The only report of a spring Semipalmated Sandpiper was one at the Piute Ponds on May 3 (Mike San Miguel). An cooperative adult Franklin’s Gull found at Malibu Lagoon on April 1 hung around for a week
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offering birders great views (Muriel Kotin). This bird was followed a month later by four Franklin’s at the lagoon on May 1 (Richard Barth, Jim Hardesty, Jim Moore). Another Franklin’s was at Del Rey Lagoon in Playa del Rey from April 26-29 (Bob Pann) and three more were at the Lancaster Sewer Ponds on May 7 (Mike San Miguel). Rare in the Antelope Valley were a Glaucous-winged Gull and a Herring Gull at the Lancaster Sewer Ponds on April 4 (Jon Feenstra). Two Black-legged Kittiwakes- rare inshore in recent years- turned up on the beach at Malibu Lagoon on April 20 (Nick & Mary Freeman). Good numbers of Black Terns can move through the deserts in spring as evidenced by the forty-seven at the Lancaster Sewer Ponds and another forty at the Piute Ponds on May 3 (Mike San Miguel). A very nice find was a Gull-billed Tern- only the second county record- seen flying by Point Dume on April 5 (Mike San Miguel). Amazingly, this bird was followed by the brief appearance of three Gull-billed Terns almost a month later at Malibu Lagoon on May 3 (Jon Fisher). Interestingly, several were at Bolsa Chica in Orange County on May 1 and the Malibu area birds may have originated from there. Certainly these sightings raise the possibility of additional records in the county this spring and summer. Lesser Nighthawks had returned to Big Tujunga Wash by April 2 (Kimball Garrett). The San Gabriel River drainage below

Azusa Canyon is also a reliable spot to look for them in the early evening. Breeding still occurs in the vicinity of these broad canyon washes in spite of extensive development. A Burrowing Owl, a scarce transient, was in South Pasadena on April 10 (David Whitman). Meanwhile, the San Gabriel Mountains were a productive area for owls for those willing to go searching for them. Northern Pygmy, Saw-Whet, Spotted and Western Screech-Owls can all be found with a little effort. These mountains are relatively pristine and habitat alteration has been minimal by comparison, thus much of the avifauna that was there historically remains intact. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that spent the winter at the Village Green condos in Los Angeles lingered quite late, being last seen on March 27 (Don Sterba). A Hairy Woodpecker was at Hansen Dam on March 29 (Kimball Garrett). These birds are scarce anywhere in the lowlands, but breeding takes place along the Santa Clara River and is suspected at Hansen. A White-headed Woodpecker at St. Andrew’s Priory near Valyermo on April 6 (Mark Scheel) was away from normal areas of occurrence. Scattered reports of single birds and pairs of Eurasian Collared-Doves seemed to indicate the slow but inevitable spread of this species in the county. Away from the deserts where they are already more widely established, reports are slowly becoming more frequent from the Los Angeles Basin and surrounding areas.

After having presumably spent the winter, a Dusky-capped Flycatcher remained through April 3 at Creek Park in La Mirada. A Gray Flycatcher continued at the Arboretum through April 9 and a migrant Gray was at Sycamore Canyon in Whittier on April 27 (Larry Schmahl). An immature male Vermilion Flycatcher was discovered at Palos Verdes Nature Park on April 12 (Carla Sedlacek, Paul Irving). A Plumbeous Vireo was at Hansen Dam on March 29 (Kimball Garrett) and a singing bird at the Sepulveda Basin on April 11-19 (Jon Fisher, Bob Pann, Alan Dunn) was almost certainly a migrant as none were known to have wintered here. A singing Bell’s Vireo at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on March 31 (Kevin Alcaino) was at the same spot where one was found last spring. Further evidence of breeding should be watched for at this locale. This species, once on the brink of being extirpated from coastal Los Angeles County, has rebounded surprisingly well in the last two decades. Illustrative of that fact were the 15 Bell’s Vireo territories at Hansen Dam by early May (Kimball Garrett). This is one of the Brown-headed Cowbirds’ favorite host species and trapping efforts and other factors have had a very positive effect on vireo populations. This in spite of the fact that little historical breeding habitat remains. A first record for Hansen Dam was a male California Gnatcatcher found there on

March 29 (Kimball Garrett) and present through April 19. There have been several unconfirmed reports from the Tujunga drainage over the years and this species should be looked for as possibly breeding in the area, particularly at the east end of the basin where less disturbed habitat still exists. Undoubtedly a few pairs still breed in as yet undiscovered locations. Though it’s still early in the season a couple of ‘eastern vagrant’ warblers were found. A singing male Northern Parula was found at Banning Park in Wilmington on May 11 (Mike San Miguel) and a Northern Waterthrush was nearby at Harbor Park on the same day (Martin Byhower). A Summer Tanager, likely the same bird found on January 21, was at Los Angeles National Cemetery on April 21 (Richard Barth) and another Summer Tanager was in Claremont on April 27-May 11 (Paul Clarke). Sparrows of interest included a rather late Vesper Sparrow at Peck Pit in Monrovia on May 11 (Jon Fisher), a wintering Whitethroated Sparrow continuing at Eaton Canyon through April 1, and a very rare “Pink-sided” Junco found at St. Andrew’s Priory near Valyermo on April 25 (Jon Feenstra). Small numbers of Yellow-headed Blackbirds regularly occur as transients on the coastal plain in spring, but remarkable was a flock of over 150 at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh on April 27 (Jonathan Coffin).

There were reports of a few small groups of Red Crossbills scattered through the Antelope Valley with at least one pair building an nest at Apollo Park in Lancaster as of April 4 (Jon Feenstra). Such activity in lowland areas is noteworthy but not unprecedented. Extensive non-native plantings have allowed this species to breed coastally on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and at Point Loma in past decades. With spring migration having largely ended by the end of May, there will be a very short window before fall migration begins in earnest. Early southbound shorebirds will appear soon, with Wilson’s Phalaropes showing up as early as the first week of June while late passerines are still heading north. For the moment, there’s a little time to pay attention to breeding birds, which hopefully we were doing all along anyway. Many of our foothill canyons are alive with activity in May and June, while the higher mountains offer a different mix of breeding birds with breeding activity shifted slightly later. In these higher and still largely unbirded San Gabriels, there are still discoveries to be made. Various streams and springs along the Angeles Crest Highway should have sufficient water this year to make checking them worthwhile. Old standbys such as Charlton Flat, Chilao Flat, Buckhorn, Vincent Gap and Mt. Baden12 Western Tanager

Powell can all be great places to bird from May through July. In addition, there are many lesser known and little explored parts of the mountains that have potential. Occasionally a rarity turns up in the San Gabriels— Painted Redstarts, Grace’s Warblers (with one spending a cold winter at Chilao), Northern Parula and others have been found here. It’s been three decades since a Red-faced Warbler was turned up in the San Gabriels, so maybe we’re due… The deserts will mostly be blistering hot, but nevertheless will host numbers of southbound shorebirds by July. The Piute Ponds will be well covered by those with the appropriate permissions, but other spots such as the Lancaster Sewer Ponds and the puddle of water at G Street and the 14 Freeway may be productive as well. The lower Los Angeles River should prove to be the hot spot for shorebirds once again from July through September. So many good birds have been found here in the past few years that it’s nearly certain it will be productive for vagrants again. Coastally there are few spots in the county suitable for shorebirds, but Malibu Lagoon, the Ballona area and even tiny Zuma Creek mouth are all worth checking. While some birds linger for hours or even days, others may come and go in mere minutes or even seconds. Timing can be everything…
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N12466 $24.00 The Life of the Skies Jonathan Rosen In a spirit of celebration and curiosity, Jonathan Rosen has written a fresh and utterly fascinating new exploration of birds and beyond. A mixture of memoir, nature writing, history, and philosophy, The Life of the Skies is an illuminating look at the complex relationship humans have with their flying counterparst and a history of America viewed on the wing.

N12457 $15.99 Guías Visuales Pájaro Escrito por David Burnie Sé testigo del momento en emocionante en que nace una cría y de su crecimiento en el nido, y cómo los pájaros se esconden, vuelan, cazan y comen.

N10047 $26.95 Guide to the Birds of Alaska, 5 th Edition Robert H. Armstrong New Expanded and Updated Editionobert Armstrong’s Guide to the Bird of Alaska has been a must-have for Alaska birders for more than twenty-five years. Now in its fifth edition, Armstrong provides completely updated information plus hundreds of new photos. Every bird is now illustrated in this classic guide, including all casuals and accidentals.This comprehensive guide offers the most up-to-date knowledge about the birds in Alaska, including the 480 species on the current list.

N12372 $29.95 A Bird-Finding Guide to Panama George R. Angehr, Dodge Engleman, and Lorna Engleman A Bird-Finding Guide to Panama is an essential tool for anyone traveling in search of Panama’s spectacular birds and natural attractions. With more than 970 species and a growing infrastructure of good roads, ecolodges, and restaurants, Panama is a premier birding and nature tourism destination in the neotropics. The country’s unique geography, small size, and varied habitats make it possible to see a vast diversity of birds within a short time. The isthmus is a crossroads for the hemisphere’s birdlife — Panama’s varied avifauna includes such Central American specialties as the Resplendent Quetzal in its western highlands, while in the east, in San Blas and the Darien, species more characteristic of South America, such as the Blue-and-yellow Macaw, are found.

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Field Trips & Pelagic Trips, Reservation Policy and Procedure for limited participation/fee events.
Reservations will be accepted only if all the following information is supplied: 1) Separate checks payable to “LAAS” for exact amount for each trip. (no cash please, Credit Cards not accepted at this time.) 2) SASE (Self-addressed stamped envelope), for booking confirmation and associated trip flyer. 3) Date & Name of Field Trip or Pelagic Trip desired. 4) Name of each person in your party. 5) Phone numbers: (a) usual and (b) evening before event, (in case of cancellation) (c) email addresses (if used). Our Mailing Address: Los Angeles Audubon - Reservations P.O. Box 931057 Los Angeles, CA 90093-1057 If there is insufficient response, the trip will be cancelled two Wednesdays prior to the scheduled date (four weeks for pelagics). You will be so notified and your fee returned. Your cancellation after that time will bring a refund only if there is a paid replacement. Our office staff is available Monday through Thursday for most reservation services. (323) 876-0202.
REFUND POLICY FOR PELAGIC TRIPS If a participant cancels 31 days or more prior to departure, a $4 service charge will be deducted from the refund. There is no participant refund if requested fewer than 30 days before departure, unless there is a paid replacement available. Call LAAS for a possible replacement. Please do not offer the trip to a friend as it would be unfair to those on the waiting list. All pelagic trips must be filled 35 days prior to sailing. Please reserve early. NOTE: Destinations may be changed in order to maximize bird sightings, or minimize rough seas. In order to meet unexpected increases in fuel costs, there can be a $5 to $10 energy surcharge per person.

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INCREASE IN PRICES: Los Angeles Audubon is increasing prices on longer trips to build up funds including the Schreiber Grant Fund, which is given out to deserving non-professional avian researchers who have limited access to funding. Envelopes for voluntary contributions will be distributed on some other trips.

BIRD WALKS are geared for the beginner / intermediate looking for an introduction or less strenuous excursion. FIELD TRIPS often require more time or effort, and delve more deeply into identification, natural histories and interactions observed in the field. All are welcome on either type of trip. Reserve per directions in the gray box on this page. No pets or small children, please.

Saturday, June 28 Night Owling Field Trip Leader: Raymond Schep Target birds include Northern Pygmy-Owl, Flammulated Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech (easier), and Common Poorwill. It will be much easier to hear these birds a than see them. Until dark we will bird for mounatain specialties such as Cassin’s finch and White-headed Woodpecker. We will take a gentle hike into a canyon looking for Spotted Owl. They’re all up there, but no promises! Leave promptly at 5:30 PM from where the 210 Fwy and Angeles Crest Highway intersect in La Canada. Exit the 210 at Angeles Crest Hwy N. About one block up is a frontage road on the right, where we will park and carpool. Finish around midnight. Bring a warm jacket, a full stomach, snacks, and a Forest Service Adventure Pass. Send $15, phone number, e-mail address (if you have it) and a SASE to L.A. Audubon’s P.O Box to sign up. Limit 16.

Thursday through Sunday, July 3-6 Quaking Aspen Camping Trip for Owls Leaders: Mary & Nick Freeman Campground is above Springville, and Camp Nelson near Ponderosa in the southwest Sierras. Owling by night, bird walks by day! We may also look at some butterflies! Hopeful birds: Flammulated, Northern Sawwhet, Spotted owls and others; Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler and more. Some meals will be potluck, others provided or eat out. Tentatively meet Thursday 3:00PM at Quaking Aspen Campground Group Site G (already reserved). More details in flyer. Send SASE, phone, email and $70 to L. A. Audubon’s P.O. Box to reserve. 10 sign-ups max., no children or pets, please.
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Saturday, July 19 Mount Abel Area Field Trip Leader: Jean Brandt We will start the morning near “Shirley’s Seep”, watching as birds and mammals are drawn to a nearby spring. Bring a chair, snacks, thermos of hot drinks, and be prepared for any kind of weather. Possible birds include Calliope Hummingbird and Whiteheaded Woodpecker. After we have exhausted the birds and mammals that come to the seep, we will bird our way up to the top of Mount Abel. Picnic lunch in campground near the top of Mt. Abel. Rain cancels. Anticipate the elements, and bring a lunch and a Forest Service Adventure Pass. Meet at Denny’s parking lot off Roxford and I 405 in Sylmar at 6:00 AM for carpooling to Mt. Abel. Nominal donation suggested. Saturday, August 9 Lower Los Angeles RiverShorebird Migration Leader: Larry Allen Larry will help us identify and age the small sandpipers of the genus Calidris. A great opportunity to get some practice as shorebirds are starting to hit the migration corridors. Take the 710 Fwy S to the Willow Street offramp, head E over the Los Angeles River, and take the first left on Golden Ave, the first left on 26th, and follow this around the pump station onto DeForest Ave. Park near the river access by the bridge, meet along the river at 7:30AM, and bird until noon. No fee, no sign-up. Spotting scopes very helpful, although we will share.
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Brown and Blue-footed boobies, Frigatebird and even stranger stuff that has popped up in August. Limit 8 paid cars with two or more each. Find a friend, as singles are discouraged, and will be wait-listed until they can carpool. Send $30 per person with one SASE per vehicle to L.A. Audubon’s P.O Box to reserve, and for the information mailer. Too hot to camp. Meet near Brawley at Cattle Call Park at 5:30AM, and bird until about 2 PM. Scopes and FRS radios helpful. Suggested lodging at Calipatria Inn “Birder’s Discount”, or Brawley Inn, in those towns.

Sunday, August 24 Sweltering Salton Sea Field Trip Leaders: Nick & Mary Freeman Anticipate 95-115°F, rotting stench and dust-a-plenty. Don’t show up without lots of water (1 gallon each per day), good health, and a reliable car with AC. This is the gauntlet of SoCal car birding. So why come? We should see Yellowfooted and Laughing gulls, Wood Stork, Black Tern, Lesser Nighthawk, Abert’s Towhee, Gila Woodpecker, and possible Least Bittern, Fulvous Whistling-Duck and Stilt Sandpiper. Perhaps most exciting is the slim but real possibility of real rarities such as

Black-legged Kittiwake, Photo by Mary Freeman

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Sunday, August 31 Huntington Central Park and Bolsa Chica Wetlands Field Trip Leader: Irwin Woldman Start at the park, then on to the wetlands. Huntington Central Park is excellent for migrating songbirds. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve wetlands were recently opened to increased tidal flow, dredged in the back channel for more wetland habitat, and the walkways were elevated for improved wildlife viewing. Flocks of shorebirds should be heading south, with leftover terns, early gulls, herons, and resident Belding’s Savannah Sparrow. Bring a lunch for a full day of birds. Meet at 7:30 AM in the park parking lot on the south side of Slater Ave. just east of Golden West St. in Huntington Beach. No sign up.

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town about a mile past the shops, turn left past the golf course on Randsburg-Mojave Rd., and veer right on 20 Mule Team Rd. Turn left on Rutgers Rd. at the Silver Saddle sign before the hill, take your first paved right, your first right again, into the Silver Saddle Country Club, followed by two paved lefts into the lot. Park by the first pond. About 2 hrs driving time from Los Angeles Send $25 fee and SASE to Audubon House to reserve. 12 max. Bring lunches, sun block. Reserve rooms for both nights in Mojave. Meet at 7:00 AM Saturday, finish up perhaps 3-4ish Sunday.

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San Diego Area Field Trip Leaders: Nick & Mary Freeman A good portion of the morning will certainly be spent at Pt. Loma. Some odd birds have been known to pop up here during late migration. Other possible areas include the Tijuana River marsh and nearby farm fields. Take the 5 Fwy S about three miles past Route 52 to the Clairemont Drive offramp and head W into the small lot adjacent to the Mission Bay Information Center. Meet E of the kiosk at 8:00 AM. Bring a lunch. Send $25 fee to Audubon House. Saturday, October 4 Malibu to McGrath Field Trip Leader: Dexter Kelly Late passerines and shorebirds should be moving through coastal migration spots, mixed with early wintering birds. Possibly 100 species. Take PCH N over the bridge in Malibu, and turn right on Cross Creek Road for street parking (and Starbucks). Cross PCH, and meet in the lagoon parking lot at 7:30 AM for a full day of birding (bring lunch). There may be one or two access fees at McGrath, elsewhere. Fee for those parking at the lagoon. No sign-up for the trip. Nominal donation suggested.
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Saturday, September 20 Piute Ponds Leader: Todd Battey A good mix of shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds, with a chance at LeConte’s Thrasher, and Baird’s and Pectoral sandpipers at this limited access military facility. Possible extension to Apollo Park, sewage ponds or elsewhere afterwards. Carpool at Golden Valley Road Park & Ride on Fwy 14, meeting at Avenue S Park & Ride in Palmdale at 7:45AM. Bring lunch, water and sunblock for a full day of birding. Typically hot weather, and often afternoon wind. To reserve with LAAS, send SASE by September 15 with name, phone number, check for $15, and e-mail address (optional) to Audubon House.

September 13 & 14 Weekend Galileo Hills and Beyond Field Trip Leaders: Nick & Mary Freeman Galileo is arguably the best fall migrant trap in the state. Western warblers and flycatchers should headline. Reptiles may be encountered! For those who stick around for Sunday, we may return to Galileo Hill, visit Piute Ponds, or venture farther afield, as dictated by our rambling hearts and bird reports. Take Hwy 14 about 4 miles past Mojave, then turn right on California City Blvd. Drive through

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Bird Walks are geared for the beginner/intermediate nature lover who wants to learn more about local birds. These walks will also be an introduction to our local urban parks and wildlife magnets. Appropriate for families with children 8 years and older. Binoculars are provided.

First Sunday of every month Sunday, July 6 Sunday, August 3 Sunday, September 7 Topanga State Park Bird Walk Leaders: Ken Wheeland and Chris Tosdevin Ken & Chris will lead participants through this beautiful and diverse coastal mountain area. This is an ideal trip for a beginning birder or someone new in the area. From Ventura Blvd., take Topanga Canyon Blvd. 7 miles S, turn E uphill on Entrada Rd. Follow the signs and turn left into Trippet Ranch parking lot. From PCH, take Topanga Cyn. Blvd. 5 miles to Entrada Rd. Parking $2. Time: 8:00a.m. Contacts: Ken: ksafarri@aol.com (310)455-1401, Chris: (310)455-1270 Third Sunday, all year Sunday, July 20 Sunday, August 17 Sunday, September 21 Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk Leader: Bob Shanman and Friends Come enjoy our nearest wetland and adjacent rocky jetty.

Migrating shorebirds and terns should be coming through. Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot. Take the Marina Fwy (90 W) to Culver Blvd. and turn left for a mile, turn right on Pacific Ave. The lot is on the right. Lot or street parking is usually not a problem. Three-hour walk. ’Scopes helpful. Time: 8:00a.m. Contact: Bob Shanman wildbirdbob@gmail.com (310)326-2473 Fourth Saturday every month Saturday, July 26 Saturday, August 23 Saturday, September 27 Whittier Narrows Bird Walk Leader: Park Ranger Ray Jillson View colorful resident birds, possibly including the introduced Northern Cardinal. Take Peck Dr. off the 60 Fwy in South El Monte (just west of the 605 Fwy). Take the off ramp onto Durfee Ave. heading W (right) and turn left into the Nature Center, 1000 Durfee Ave. Time: 8:15a.m. Contact: Ray Jillson: odri@juno.com

Sunday, August 17, 2008 Echo Park Lake Birdwalk Leader: Judy Raskin Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Boathouse, 751 Park Ave., Los Angeles, near Laguna Ave. Plenty of street parking. Take a leisurely walk around Echo Park Lake, one of the oldest in Los Angeles. More than 70 species call Echo Park their home for all or part of the year. They include Mallards, great-tailed grackles, American coots, great blue herons, great egrets, hawks and various gulls and doves. This is an excellent walk for beginners. Parents are encouraged to take their children. Binoculars recommended, and a bird guide, if you have one. Directions: From N/B 101 (Hollywood) Freeway, exit Echo Park Ave. and continue north about ½ mile. From S/B 101 Freeway, exit Glendale Blvd./Union Ave., go left on Temple St., left on Glendale Blvd., right on Bellevue Ave., then left on Echo Park Ave. to the boathouse. For more information: (323) 663-6767 or write judycalifornia@yahoo.com

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Field Trips & Pelagic Trips, Reservation Policy and Procedure for limited participation/fee events.
Reservations will be accepted only if all the following information is supplied:

Save $5.00 with an early sign-up 60 days prior to the trip departure.
Saturday, September 6 A deep water trip to Cherry, Tanner and Cortez Banks. This trip departs from the Santa Barbara Harbor at 7:00 a.m. on the fast catamaran Condor Express and returns approximately at 8:00 p.m. We are far offshore in 3 counties Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles. Birds expected: Northern Fulmar; One Cook’s Petrel was seen in 2005; Ashy and Leach’s storm-petrels; South Polar Skua; Parasitic, Pomarine and Long-tailed jaegers; Sabine’s Gull; Arctic Tern. Red-billed Tropicbirds are usually seen on this trip. Rarities seen: Black-footed Albatross; Buller’s Shearwater; Least Storm-Petrel and Craveri’s Murrelet. Blue, Fin and Minke whales as well as several species of dolphins can be seen. Leaders: Todd McGrath, Jon Feenstra, Dave Compton, and David Pereksta. $198. The trip will be cancelled if there is insufficient response 35 days prior to departure. There is a complete galley that serves breakfast lunch and dinner.

Saturday, October 18 Northern Channel Islands Monument Trip This 8 hour trip departs from the Island Packer’s dock in the Ventura Harbor at 8:00 a.m. on the fast catamaran Islander. After dropping off campers on Santa Cruz Island, we will have the boat to ourselves and cruise around Santa Cruz Island to the Santa Cruz Passage by Santa Rosa Island, and along the Santa Rosa Flats to the deeper water near San Nicholas Island. Then, we will return by Arch Rock at Anacapa Island. Birds seen on prior trips: Northern Fulmar; Pink-footed Sooty and Black-vented Shearwaters; Black Storm-Petrel; comorants (3); Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers; Sabine’s Gull; rocky shorebirds ( up to 5); Common Murre; Craveri’s and Xantus’s Murrelets; Cassin’s Auklet. Rarities: Buller’s and Flesh-footed Shearwaters; South Polar Skua; Long-tailed Jaeger. Blue, Finback and Humpback whales have been seen on this trip. In 2002, a Streaked Shearwater, and in 2003 a Brown Booby and 2 Manx Shearwaters were seen. Leaders: Todd McGrath, Jon Feenstra, David Pereksta. $130 – There is a snack-type galley with beverages, bring your lunch.

1) Separate checks payable to “LAAS” for exact amount for each trip. (no cash please, Credit Cards not accepted at this time.) 2) SASE (Self-addressed stamped envelope), for booking confirmation and associated trip flyer. 3) Date & Name of Field Trip or Pelagic Trip desired. 4) Name of each person in your party. 5) Phone numbers: (a) usual and (b) evening before event, (in case of cancellation) (c) email addresses (if used). Our Mailing Address: Los Angeles Audubon - Reservations P.O. Box 931057 Los Angeles, CA 90093-1057 If there is insufficient response, the trip will be cancelled two Wednesdays prior to the scheduled date (four weeks for pelagics). You will be so notified and your fee returned. Your cancellation after that time will bring a refund only if there is a paid replacement. Our office staff is available Monday through Thursday for most reservation services. (323) 876-0202.
REFUND POLICY FOR PELAGIC TRIPS If a participant cancels 31 days or more prior to departure, a $4 service charge will be deducted from the refund. There is no participant refund if requested fewer than 30 days before departure, unless there is a paid replacement available. Call LAAS for a possible replacement. Please do not offer the trip to a friend as it would be unfair to those on the waiting list. All pelagic trips must be filled 35 days prior to sailing. Please reserve early. NOTE: Destinations may be changed in order to maximize bird sightings, or minimize rough seas. In order to meet unexpected increases in fuel costs, there can be a $5 to $10 energy surcharge per person.


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Northern Tanzania Birding & Wildlife Safari
October 8-22, 2008 - Extension- Saadani N.P. & Zanzibar

Anyone with just a slight interest in birds will be astonished by the beauty and diversity of birds one can easily observe on a TANZANIA wildlife safari. Within Tanzania's borders, over 1,000 species of birds have been recorded. From the beautifully-striking Hoopoe, to the yelping cry of the Fish Eagle, the colorful bee-eaters, the strutting Secretary Bird, and the long-legged grace of the Crowned Crane - all and more make this country of classic savannahs, craters, lakes and rivers a must for the serious birder, as well as

the first-timer to Africa. The massive herds of wildebeest, zebras, Thompson's Gazelles, the gathering of Lions, Spotted Hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, along with jackals and vultures are possible. From the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world, and the Olduvai Gorge, famous for the Leakeys discovery of remains dating back over 2 million years, to lush forests - photograpic opportunities are endless. Join us for your dream of a lifetime adventure.

Red Colobus Monkey, Photo by Herb Clarke

For information and itinerary, contact: Olga Clarke, Los Angeles Audubon, Travel Director 2027 El Arbolita Dr., Glendale, CA 91208-1805 Ph/Fax: 818-249-9511 oclarketravel@earthlink.net
Photo by Herb Clarke Mountain Village Lodge, located on the shores of Lake Duluti, a perfect place to relax before embarking on your safari experience. Magnificent views of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro or the rugged peaks of Mount Meru.

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Membership MEETINGS
There are No Evening Meetings in July and August - Go Birding! Coming in September...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Jordan Karubian presents Ground-cuckoos, Umbrellabirds and other rain forest delights: highlights from five years of research and conservation work in the Ecuadorian Choco.

Audubon House
Los Angeles Audubon Headquarters, Nature Store, and Library 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Martel Ave.) West Hollywood, CA 90046
OPEN: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Saturday, July 5, 2008 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m Saturday, August 2, 2008 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m CLOSED Monday, September 1, 2008 - Labor Day

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