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Our Mission: To bring the excitement of birds to our community through birding, education and the conservation of bird habitats

Big Dig

Jul
05

The LA County Flood Control District has announced three public meetings in July regarding their “BIG DIG” sediment mining and trucking program form the behind Devil’s Gate Dam in Hahamongna Watershed Park.

The County has applied for the right to kill Federally and State Endangered Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher by applying for an Incidental Take Permit under the California Endangered Species Act. An Incidental Take Permit is required prior to "hunting, pursuing, catching, capturing, or killing an individual of a listed species . . . ." such as the Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Cal. Fish & Game Code Section 86.

The County in requesting authorization to "take" Least Bells Vireos admits that the Big Dig will remove habitat where Least Bell's Vireo has been observed and that the sediment removal activities will likely kill nesting Least Bell's Vireo 

Oddly enough, the County while applying for the right to take Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, has avoided applying for an Incidental Take Permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Applying for a Federal Incidental Take Permit would trigger initiation of formal consultation under the Federal Endangered Species Act to determine if authorizing take of Least Bell's Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher would jeopardize the future existence of those species. 

Please try to attend one of the public meetings on July 13, 14, or 16 to express your objection to the Incidental take permit as well as the plan to truck sediment out of the Hahamongna Watershed Park.

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California Condor Night- August 17th, 7:00-9:00 PM

Jun
03

California Condor Night- August 17th
7:00-9:00 PM

Join us at Eaton Canyon Nature Center for a night dedicated to an incredible and endangered species- the California Condor. We are very excited to be able to welcome members of the USFWS California Condor Recovery Program to join us for a screening of the documentary “The Condor’s Shadow”.

Doors open at 7:00. You will have the opportunity to handle a replica condor skull and egg, measure your wingspan against a condor’s, and speak to our Young Birders who will be on hand to share their knowledge about the challenges still facing these majestic birds. Join us and find out what you can to help a Condor.

At 7:30, members of the California Condor Recovery Program will be honoring the Young Birders as Condor Ambassadors. They have also generously offered to stay after the movie to answer questions. We guarantee that you will leave this event knowing more about California Condors wanting to do everything you can to help the condors!!

Free admission and free popcorn. All are welcome, no reservations required.

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Field Trip to the Natural History Museum

Jun
03

Wed, July 20th at 9:30 AM

Join us for a PAS exclusive look at the LA Natural History Museum collections with legendary tour guide Kimball Garett. Admission is free, but space on this trip will be very limited, so please RSVP to Kym (kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org) quickly! You must register in advance to be able to attend.

The plan is to meet at 9:30 AM, tour the collections, and then break for lunch. After lunch, participants will have time to visit other exhibits in the museum.
 
More details on meeting and parking will be sent closer to the date to registered participants. Everyone is encouraged to use public transit as you will have to pay for parking if you drive.

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Polystyrene Ban Update-Victory!

May
29

Brders! We did it! May 9, the Pasadena City Council voted unanimously to ban polystyrene takeout containers, cups, and single-use ice chests. Hip hip hooray!

Got to Conservation for more.

Thank you for all you do!

Good birding,

Posted for Laura Garret

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BIRDATHON RESULTS

May
04

Pasadena Audubon's biggest event raises funds for worthy causes. This year, those causes are the scholarship funds to allow young birders to attend conferences of the Western Field Ornithologists (the Mike San Miguel Memorial Fund), and summer camps at the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

The objective is to count as many different species as possible in L.A. County during Birdathon weekend. Birdathon teams take widely divergent, but very serious, approaches to this event. Here are the results:

The Big Sit-66 Species: Team Big Sit had a splendidly successful day. Team members included Laura Garrett (leader), Elizabeth Cordero, Mark Hunter, Jan and Mickey Long, Elaine MacPherson, Carol Smith, Eileen Burton, Ira Blitz, Kym Buzdygon. While other teams were racing all over LA County, they were sitting, standing, and strolling around the lakes, enjoying the lovely cool morning and counting birds. They got most of the usual suspects, like swarms of Vaux's Swifts and Tree Swallows, nesting Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants, and Canada Geese with goslings. Warbler numbers were low, and they missed Wilson's, Townsend's, and Nashville. But they were delighted to see Warbing, Cassin's, and Hutton's Vireos, along with Bullock's and Hooded Orioles, and large flocks of Cedar Waxwings. They were also delighted to see a flock of Whimbrels fly overhead, a Whittier Narrows first for them. They were mesmerized by a Peregrine Falcon diving to catch a Rock Pigeon. The falcon failed. Lucky pigeon! Disturbing was the never-ending stream of Great-tailed Grackles, each one carrying a fecal sac and disposing of them in the lake. Ew. In the end, they counted 66 species, a record for the Big Sit.

Team Early Bird-86 Species: This father and son team was newly hatched in 2016. On April 30th, Calvin, and his dad, Dan, set out at an early hour (5 AM) in search of birds. Well, that's how they earned their team name. Over the course of the day, Team Early Bird visited coves, fresh water marshes, salt water marshes, botanic gardens and canyons. At the end of the day, Team Early Bird saw a total of 86 species and amazingly saw 3 life birds - including Least Tern, Cinnamon Teal and Swainson's Thrush. The Team has already raised $166 for the PAS Birdathon. Way to go Team Early Bird!

Team Verdin-134 Species: Back again this year was Dessi Sieburth with his binoculars in one hand and his camera in the other. Last year Dessi photographed 118 species. Could he break his own record? Starting before the crack of dawn om April 30th ,Team Verdin was on a mission to leave the Antelope Valley with 100 species. Apollo Park, Piute Ponds, Bob's Gap (where we ran into a couple of scouters from the Irritable Owl Syndrome who had just left Grassy Hollow where it was 32 degrees and snowing! Brrrr....), the Abbey and Fort Tejon Road. Heading down in the valley with 101 species! Onward to Hansen Dam, Sepulveda, Malibu Lagoon and a major traffic jam going to Ballona slowed the team down - but not their spirits! By the end of the day, Dessi successfully photographed 134 species! Way to go Team Verdin!

Team Irritable Owl Syndrome-208 Species: On May 1st, team "Irritable Owl Syndrome" covered the vast oceans, damp marshes, grassy parks, majestic mountains, windy deserts, and urban streets of Los Angeles County on a 21-hour birdathon. Their mission: to identify (by sight or sound) as many species of birds as possible in a single day, in Los Angeles County. Jon Feenstra, Dan Maxwell, Janet and Mark Scheel ended with 205 ABA species, plus 3 non-ABA birds (Lilac-crowned Parrot, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, and Egyptian Goose), for a total of 208 species.

If you want to make a contribution to one of the teams:

  • You can donate online:

    Name of Team/Birder



  • Or click here to download the donation form

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    T-Shirts, Books and Hats

    May
    02

    Pasadena Audubon is happy to announce the winning design from our recent T-Shirt contest. You can purchase the new shirts online, but you will need to pick up your purchase at one of the General Meetings. (3rd Wednesday of each month except June, July, and August)

    If you have any questions please email Kym Buzdygon kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org or Deni Sinnott deni.sinnott@pasadenaaudubon.org for more details.

    See Pasadena Birding Guide for more information about the Birds of Pasadena Book.


    Size
    Pick up @ General Meetings




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    Rubio Canyon

    Apr
    25

    International Migratory Bird Day is May 14th! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty with a day of birding and habitat restoration. Join PAS and the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy at Rubio Canyon on May 14th. This is an all ages event (but please, no dogs). We will start with a bird walk from 8-10:00 AM, and then help AFC restore Rubio Canyon’s bird habitat by either removing invasive plants or planting native plants from 10:00 AM to noon. Please wear clothes that you are okay getting dirty, sturdy shoes, and a hat. We ask that you bring a refillable water bottle and sunscreen. We will be providing water and light snacks. Email Kym at kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org for more information and to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Birds and Brew

    Apr
    19

    May 7th is Bird LA Day, a day of birding and bird themed events across Los Angeles County. Pasadena Audubon Society will be closing out the day with a celebration of our two favorite things- birds and beers! Join us for a drink, socialize with other birders, and enjoy some spectacular birding photos courtesy of our members.

    This event is FREE. Yes, you read that right- not only are there birds and beers, but you don't have to pay a dime! A big birding thanks to our sponsor Stone Brewery for providing us with the delicious drinks. Eaton Canyon Nature Center has also generously provided us with a venue.

    Hopefully it goes without saying, but you must be 21+ to enjoy with us. Please contact Kym at kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org to receive your invitation. You must be registered through Eventbrite and be prepared to show us your ticket or we can't let you in. Rules are rules.

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