Monthly chapter meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at Eaton Canyon Nature Center (1750 N. Altadena Drive in Pasadena). Refreshments and socializing begin at 7:00 pm and programs are presented from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. NOTE: Because of covid-19, all meetings are virtual until further notice.

Young Birders Club - KIDS

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, 6PM via Zoom

Young people interested in birds and nature are welcome to join the Pasadena Audubon Young Birders Club. We meet the second Wednesday of each month. Parents welcome too! Register for the Feb 10th meeting here


Young Birders Club - TEENS

Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 5:30PM via Zoom

The Young Birders Club teens group kicks off with a Valentine's Day special program! Young birder Teodelina Martelli will tell us about love among the birds -- avian courtship, competition for mates and sexual selection, and pair bonding, as well as the role of birds in human romance. Register for the Feb 11th meeting here
Young Birders Club TEENS Valentines meeting


How Cities Affect Evolution and Behavior in the Dark-­eyed Junco and the House Sparrow

February 17, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom
Dr. Pamela Yeh

One recent phenomenon PAS members have seen firsthand is the rapid change in status of Dark­-eyed Juncos from winter visitors to year­-round residents. This recent adaptation to city life makes them fascinating birds to study for local ornithologists. February's meeting will focus on if and how Dark­-eyed Juncos and humble House Sparrows change their behaviors in urban environments, and how that might ultimately affect their ability to survive and thrive in these human­-modified spaces.

Dr. Yeh is an evolutionary biologist and studies how human activities affect the evolution of species, focusing on the evolution of birds in urban environments and the evolution of drug­ resistant bacteria in urban and agricultural areas. She received her PhD in Evolutionary Biology from UC San Diego and conducted post­doctoral work in the Center for Genomics Research and the Systems Biology Department both at Harvard University. She is currently an Associate Professor at UCLA and External Faculty at Santa Fe Institute.This meeting is online via Zoom. Register here

Dark-eyed Junco photo by Chris Spurgeon
Dark-eyed Junco photo by Chris Spurgeon


Ask A Birder

Wednesday February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom

Ask a Birder! Bring all your birding questions to this online conversation. Our experts will do their best to elucidate the most mystifying bird behaviors, songs, calls and plumages. This promises to be a fun time as we puzzle things out together.
This month's experts: Taylor Paez and the gang. REGISTER HERE

Birders at Estero Bluffs photo by Howard Ignatius
Birders at Estero Bluffs. Photo by Howard Ignatius.
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Past Programs

LA's Urban Raptors

January 20, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom
Courtney McCammon & Dan Cooper

The Griffith Park Raptor Survey was a three­ year project to build our ecological understanding of the park and encourage public stewardship of its resources. The project used citizen scientists to survey every raptor nest found in the area to study local ecological dynamics and how human activity may be impacting wildlife. The annual reports from this project were the first comprehensive dataset of an entire raptor community in the urban core of Los Angeles. Learn about the world of urban raptors and how you can get involved in the ongoing project.

Courtney McGammon received her graduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, and has since worked as a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Consultant in the Greater LA area and beyond. Dan Cooper is the author of Important Bird Areas of California (2004), an associate editor of the journal "Western Birds", and an authority on California bird ecology, identification and distribution. This meeting is online via Zoom. Register here

Red-shouldered Hawk photo by Lois Brunet
Red-shouldered Hawk photo by Lois Brunet


Ask A Birder

Wednesday January 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom

Remember when we could go out for a beer together and talk about all things avian? Yeah, us neither. Well, maybe we remember a little. We really miss getting together with you for casual chats about birds and birding, so we’ve decided to host a new program called “Ask a Birder.”

Each month, we’ll gather with two or three birders on Zoom and you can ask them anything you want! Our first session will be Wednesday, January 27th from 7-8 pm. Join us for a fun hour of Q&A! You bring the questions, and we’ll do our best to provide some answers.

Our first three birders are Mickey Long, Laura Solomon, and Luke Tiller. Mickey will tackle questions about bird behavior and biology, and migration and biogeography, while Laura will be especially eager to answer questions about gardening with native plants to attract birds, local conservation issues, and raising a birder kid. As our underemployed Field Trip Chair, Luke will be happy to answer questions on: choosing birding optics, places to go birding in Los Angeles and beyond and recommendations for beers to celebrate your lifers with.

So grab a beer, pull up a chair, and join us on January 27th! This meeting is online via Zoom.

Young Birders Club

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, 6PM via Zoom

Young people interested in birds and nature are welcome to join the Pasadena Audubon Young Birders Club. Parents welcome too! Register here


Christmas Bird Count

Meeting - Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 7PM
Count - Saturday, December 19, 2020
Wrap-up Meeting - Saturday, December 19, 2020, 7PM

Pasadena Audubon will be holding their 74th annual Christmas Bird Count this year! Join us via Zoom on Wednesday the 16th to learn about the count from our longtime count leader, Jon Fisher. He'll share information on the history of the count and how you can participate. Then join us for the count on December 19th!
Register for the Wednesday, December 16th meeting here.

Female Purple Finch
Purple Finch photo by Mickey Long


Christmas Bird Count Wrap-up

Saturday, December 19, 2020, 7PM

In lieu of our traditional Christmas Bird Count dinner, join us online for a wrap-up meeting. You'll hear about what was seen and what was not, and enjoy the company of other CBC birders. Register here.


Young Birders Club

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom

Young Birders Club

Invertebral Limit: Insect Life of Southern California

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Robb Hamilton

If you've ever wondered about the myriad arthropods that make up the foundation of our local ecosystems or noticed the great variety of little critters that come out when the temperatures rise and the birds get quiet, this is the show for you. The intricate beauty and diversity of the invertebrate world around us is guaranteed to leave your head buzzing! The program will feature some of Robb's incredible photographs.
A member of the El Dorado Audubon Society in Long Beach, Mr. Hamilton is lead author of two standard references describing aspects of birdlife in California: The Birds of Orange County: Status & Distribution and Rare Birds of California. He has been providing biological consulting services in southern California since 1988. His company, Hamilton Biological, Inc., specializes in the pratical application of environmental regulations to land management decisions in the region.

The Birder Brain

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Alvaro Jaramillo

Most bird identification lectures focus on field marks and the specifics of separating species. But few ask exactly how we identify birds? What is our thought process? Truth is that bird identification is complicated. The trick is to train yourself to do it like a professional, and that is the aim of this presentation. Join us for a lighthearted but informative explanation of how the birder brain learns birds.
Alvaro Jaramillo is an internationally known ornithologist. An expert on the birds of North America, he wrote the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California and New World Blackbirds. He is also an authority on the birds of Chile, authoring Birds of Chile, collaborating on Chile's Important Bird Areas program, and helping to identify a new bird species there: Oceanites pincoyae (Pincoya Storm­Petrel). He leads birding trips throughout the world with his company, Alvaro's Adventures.


Mickey and Jon's Bird ID Quiz

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Mickey Long and Jon Fisher

As is traditional, we will kick off our fall season of meetings with Mickey Long and Jon Fisher hosting an evening of photographic mystery bird identification challenges. Thanks to the power of Zoom, this year we will be throwing open the challenge of identifying these birds to an even wider audience of our membership. Our hosts will also be chiming in with expert tips and tricks for IDing the mystery species involved. We will get into the swing of fall migration by helping sharpen your ID skills and have some laughs along the way. Come join in the fun!

The Journey of Birds Across Space and Time

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Dr Morgan Tingley

The Carolina Parakeet, the Heath Hen, the Passenger Pigeon - when we contemplate how our country’s
bird life has changed, we often focus on the handful of species we have lost entirely. But while we have
yet to lose a single bird species to our rapidly changing climate, the birds around us have been adapting
and changing in a multitude of ways. Join Dr. Tingley on a journey across our nation and through the last
century, walking in the footsteps of past zoologists to compare their world to the one we see today, to
learn how climate change has already dramatically changed the lives of birds.

Birding Brazil Virtually

Saturday, July 25th

Mentioned by Luke in his Wednesday talk SAVE Brazil and Avistar (The Audubon equivalent there) are running a live Zoom/Youtube feederwatch from feeders across Brazil. It’ll probably be in Brazilian mainly, but they do give many of the bird names in English too and show pictures and range maps of species so you can work out what you are looking at.
(Missed the event? Watch it here).

Virtual July Meeting

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

As we can't run organized trips at this moment in time, Luke Tiller (our new Field Trip Chair) has written a short article with some suggestions on what to look out for and where to go at this time of year. We hope it might inspire you to some birding adventures.

Saturday, July 25th at 11:30am Pacific Time. Mentioned by Luke in his Wednesday talk SAVE Brazil and Avistar (The Audubon equivalent there) are running a live Zoom/Youtube feederwatch from feeders across Brazil. It’ll probably be in Brazilian mainly, but they do give many of the bird names in English too and show pictures and range maps of species so you can work out what you are looking at.
(Missed the event? Watch it here).

Virtual June Meeting

Saturday, June 13, 2020

We’ll share some chapter news and then enjoy the traditional Members’ Slideshow with bird photos from California backyards to the four corners of the globe. We look forward to seeing you!

Please register here to receive the zoom invitation.

All members are welcome to share their bird photos and videos in the Members’ Slideshow.

Instructions for participating in the Members’ Slideshow:

  1. You will have 5 minutes to show your bird photos and videos. This is 10 to 20 photos at most.
  2. Email Lois Brunet at to get on the list of presenters.
  3. Photos will be uploaded here.
  4. Rename one of the empty folders with your name. To do this, open it by double-clicking it, then use the dropdown next to the folder name, then choose Rename.
  5. Upload your photos using drag and drop, or using the “+New” button on the upper left
  6. Number your photo files, if you want them to be shown in a particular order.
  7. Be ready to present when you are called on during the meeting.

Questions? Email Lois Brunet at