WELCOME TO PASADENA AUDUBON SOCIETY


Founded in 1904

Affiliated with the National Audubon Society


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

Field Trips




Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, November 19, 2017

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold







Magpie Bird Study Group

Santa Fe Dam

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Meet at Nature Center

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to
about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.
All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman






Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.

Trip leaders vary.








Legg Lake & San Gabriel River

Sunday, December 3, 2017

7:30 am - 11:30 am

In winter the Hahamonga monthly walk is replaced by the one a Legg Lake. These trips will cover several consistently good lake and parkb irding areas. Legg Lake has lots of water and scattered trees and has produced good waterfowl numbers and varieties as well as an impressive list of migrants and wintering birds. Time permitting we'll include the Pico Rivera spreading grounds or some other river locations, based on what's around. An excellent trip for beginning and young birders.

Meet in the Santa Anita Ave. parking lot, closest to the 60 freeway. Take the Santa Anita exit and turn south from the off-ramp (going south). The lake and parking lot will be on your right.

Ed Stonick







Big Santa Anita Canyon

Sunday December 3, 2017

6:30 am - noon

Join us for a fall hike into Big Santa Anita Canyon as we search for American Dipper, Pacific Wren, Canyon Wren, Rufous­Crowned Sparrow and other lower montane species.

We're planning to hike past Sturtevant Falls as far as the Cascade picnic area for a total of about six miles. Parking at Chantry Flat is often crowded on weekends so please carpool. Bring sturdy shoes, plenty of water, some food, sunscreen, a hat, warm clothing, and an Adventure Pass for your car. Heavy
rain cancels but drizzle does not.

Lance Benner







County Arboretum

Saturday, December 9, 2017

8:00 am - 10:00 am


This easy walk is for birders of all ages and experience levels. Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum. Admission is $5 – free for members of the Aboretum or Audubon, and free for children under 12.

Katy Mann






Chilao Visitor Center


Sunday Decemer 10, 2017

8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Chilao Visitor Center walks will continue each month, weather and
road conditions permitting. (If things look rainy, snowy or brush fire-y, check first.)

Chilao, 26.5 miles north of I-210 on Angeles Crest (State Hwy 2) is a good place to see woodpeckers and we often see four or more species on a walk. Mountain Quail are somewhat elusive but still seen or heard about half the time. You can also expect Purple Finches, Steller's Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos and several species of nuthatches and others totaling about 30 species during the 2-hour walk


Hill Penfold






Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, December 17, 2017

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold




Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

7:30 am - noon

Note: Trip is full and there is a waiting list

Need a break from shopping and holiday parties? Join us at Seal Beach NWR. We’ll look for several interesting species including Nelson's Sharp­tailed Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawk, Ridgway's Rail, Red Knot and others. PAS Membership and sign­up is required. To reserve your space contact Susan at gillilandsusan@gmail.com before December 7, 2017.

Susan and Frank Gilliland








Magpie Bird Study Group

L. A. County Arboretum

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

9:00 am - 11:30 am

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.
All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman






Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.

Trip leaders vary.








Legg Lake & San Gabriel River

Saturday, January 6, 2018

7:30 am - 11:30 am

In winter the Hahamonga monthly walk is replaced by the one a Legg Lake. These trips will cover several consistently good lake and parkb irding areas. Legg Lake has lots of water and scattered trees and has produced good waterfowl numbers and varieties as well as an impressive list of migrants and wintering birds. Time permitting we'll include the Pico Rivera spreading grounds or some other river locations, based on what's around. An excellent trip for beginning and young birders.

Meet in the Santa Anita Ave. parking lot, closest to the 60 freeway. Take the Santa Anita exit and turn south from the off-ramp (going south). The lake and parking lot will be on your right.

Darren Dowell





County Arboretum

Saturday, January 13, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am


This easy walk is for birders of all ages and experience levels. Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum. Admission is $5 – free for members of the Aboretum or Audubon, and free for children under 12.

Katy Mann






The Urban Core


Saturday, January 13, 2018

7:30 am - 11:00 am

Birding is not what most people associate with Park, an urban park which lies right in the middle of the crushing hardscape of the city, yet it is quite possibly the best place in the County to observe gulls. Iceland Gull, formerly known as Thayer's, is a regular winter visitor, and various and mysterious hybrids are also often present. Further, since it is the only park in a very urban landscape, it attracts a surprising diversity of waterfowl and passerines. The morning of birding will begin here then continue at Echo Park Lake, another urban refuge a few miles away, and maybe some scoping of Silverlake Reservoir, if we’ve still got time.

Meet at the Levitt Pavilion in the northwest corner of MacArthur Park. Metered parking there costs $2 for two hours.

Jon Feenstra






Chilao Visitor Center


Sunday January 14, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Chilao Visitor Center walks will continue each month, weather and road conditions permitting. (If things look rainy, snowy or brush fire-y, check first.)

Chilao, 26.5 miles north of I-210 on Angeles Crest (State Hwy 2) is a good place to see woodpeckers and we often see four or more species on a walk. Mountain Quail are somewhat elusive but still seen or heard about half the time. You can also expect Purple Finches, Steller's Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos and several species of nuthatches and others totaling about 30 species during the 2-hour walk

Hill Penfold







Magpie Bird Study Group

San Gabriel Coastal Spreading Grounds

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Mines St. entrance off Rosemead Bvld. just south of Whittier Bvld.

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.
All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman






Antelope Adventure


Saturday, January 20, 2018

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join Luke Tiller for a tour of the Antelope Valley to look for a variety of wintering specialties. The agricultural fields around Lancaster are a great spot to see a diversity of interesting hawks, falcons and owls. In fact, this area may be one of the premier sites in the country to witness numbers of highly prized Ferruginous Hawks. As well as the wintering raptors, we will seek out a host of other exciting species including Tricolored Blackbird, LeConte's Thrasher and Mountain Bluebird. We will also look for uncommon winter wanderers out in the desert including 'Pink­-sided' Junco, Red Crossbill and Mountain Plover.

Luke Tiller






Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, January 21, 2018

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold






Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park


Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:00 am - noon

Come join us for a morning of birding in Bonelli Regional Park, an ideal spot for all levels of birders. We'll be on the lookout for Bonelli specialty species such as California Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Bald Eagle, Greater Roadrunner, and Mountain Bluebird, as well as over­wintering vagrants. A spotting scope will be helpful.

Bring lunch if you'd like and enjoy the day in the Park. Carpooling is encouraged as there is a $10 per vehicle admission fee. We will assemble at the East Shore Parking Lot near Bathroom 11. From Pasadena, take the 210 East to the 57 South. Exit at Via Verde and turn east on Via Verde. Enter the park on Via Verde and follow the road to East Shore Drive. Turn left and follow East Shore Drive approximately one­half mile and find a large parking lot adjacent to the lake. Look for birders! Rain cancels the outing, but sprinkles do not.

Dessi Sieburth and Norm Vargas






Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.

Trip leaders vary.




Salton Sea

(PAS Members only)

Saturday and Sunday February 3 and 4, 2018

All day Saturday and until noon on Sunday

The Salton Sea Trip is a great way to get your year­l-ist cookin’! The sea is one of the premier birding areas in North America, but is in major transition at this time. On the weekend we usually end up with over 100 species and a few surprises. We will bird all day on Saturday and through lunch
on Sunday.

This trip is limited to 12 PAS members (it’s easy to become a member on our website). Preference is given to those who were not on the trip the previous year and can do the entire weekend. Please email me to for more information or to make reservations (ron@cyger.org).

Ron Cyger