Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, all day
It’s hard to believe another bird year is coming to an end. Fall migration is winding down and winter birds are settling in. It’s the time of year when many birders start thinking about Christmas Bird Counts. Our own Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley CBC began in 1946, so this year marks the 73nd anniversary of the count. The 2019 Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 14, the first day of the count period. If you’re new to birding or just new to Christmas Bird Counts, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the avifauna of the San Gabriel Valley area and to meet others who share the same interest in birds. You’ll also be participating in a very worthwhile citizen science project.The intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Duarte Road is the center of our count. The count circle extends seven and one half miles in every direction from that spot to create the standard fifteen mile diameter count area. We’re fortunate to have a lot of habitat diversity in the count circle, and this is one reason why we regularly record over 160 species on the CBC. Over the years, some bird populations have remained stable, some have increased and others have declined. Introduced species, range expansions of native birds, habitat loss and predation are just a few of the factors behind these changes. If you’re familiar with Eurasian Collared-Doves, Spotted Doves, Loggerhead Shrikes, Great-tailed Grackles, Scaly-breasted Munias and our non-native parrots and parakeets, you’re already aware of some of these trends. On count day we’ll record every bird that participants can identify by sight or sound within the circle. Over the long course of the count we’ve documented bird populations over many decades. Our mid-December CBC produces a snapshot of early winter birdlife in the San Gabriel Valley and local foothills with over 280 different species recorded over its history. If you’re new to the count and want to join other participants on count day, plan on attending the pre-count meeting on December 11, at 7:30 pm. You’ll get the rundown on the Christmas Bird Count, count methods, procedures and checklists. This meeting is a great place to meet others and decide on an area to count. If you can’t make the meeting you can coordinate via e-mail. Also, be sure not to miss the post count dinner and wrap-up on count night. Not only will we have a nice dinner after a long day in the field, but we’ll be among the first to find out what good birds were found. For more information, contact count coordinator Jon Fisher at JonF60@hotmail.com.
Christmas Bird Count Dinner
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
After the count, we join together to celebrate with a catered dinner and drinks.You’ll also hear about what turned up and how it compares to past years. The dinner is $20 per person. Please RSVP below by December 9th, or RSVP by sending a check to Pasadena Audubon Society, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, and mention CBC.
Coastal Cleanup Day at the Lower Arroyo Seco
September 21, 9 am to noon
360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, 91103
Join us for our annual cleanup of the Arroyo Seco. This event is part of Heal the Bay's LA County-wide effort to keep trash from reaching our shores and ocean. Be prepared for the heat, with a reusable water bottle, hat and gloves. We'll have the rest.
Please register here
In case you missed our movie night at Eaton Canyon, you can watch Restoring
Natures Relationships right here:
Saturday, August 22 2019
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Summertime is Movie time!
We’ll be teaming up with the San Gabriel Mountain chapter of the CaliforniavNative Plant Society and Eaton Canyon Nature Center for a screening of Dr. Doug Tallamy’s, Restoring Nature’s Relationships. This is an environmental documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.
There will be free popcorn and themed door prizes.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Come celebrate another very successful year of our chapter reaching out to the community, defending our local habitat, and supporting outstanding birders. The dinner features delicious catered food from Stonefire Grill, complimentary beer and wine, beverages, great conversation, a book sale, raffle prizes and a chance to meet the slate of officers who will govern the chapter in the next fiscal year. Bring your bird photos on a USB drive (limit: 5 minutes’ worth) for viewing by your fellow members.
April 26, 27 or 28, 2019
Birdathon is a fundraiser where teams collect "per bird species" pledges from their friends, family or anyone who wants to sponsor them. Pledges can be as little as 5 cents a species. Of course, the sky's the limit. Then teams go birding on either April 26, 27, or 28 and try to find as many bird species as possible.
Sponsors then make donations to PAS based on the number of species found by the team they sponsored. [The team raising the most funds is honored at the June dinner with a hearty round of applause and a very birdy prize!] On a more serious note, we have timed this event at the end of April for maximum avian diversity: some wintering birds haven't left, some summer residents have arrived, and migrants abound.
Go to Birdathon for more information
Christmas Bird Count 2018
Go to Christmas Bird Count 2018 for a wrap-up
Saturday, December 15, 2018
As things calm down following another busy and productive fall migration period, thoughts inevitably turn to the holidays and-assuming you’re an active birder-to local Christmas Bird Counts. And for most of us, there is none more local than the Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley CBC. Initiated in 1946, this is a long running count with many dedicated local birders who have been instrumental in making the Pasadena count a successful one. This year marks our 72nd anniversary and my 27th year as coordinator and compiler.
The 2018 Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 15. If you’re new to birding or just new to Christmas Bird Counts, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the avifauna of the San Gabriel Valley area and to meet others who share the same interests. You'll also be participating in a very worthwhile citizen science project.
The center of our count is the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Duarte Road. The count area extends seven and one half miles in every direction from that spot to cover the standard fifteen mile diameter count circle. There is a lot of habitat diversity in the count circle and this is a big reason why we regularly record 160 species or more.
As might be expected, some bird populations have remained stable, some have increased and others have declined. Introduced species, range expansion, habitat loss and predation are just a few of the factors behind these changes. If you’re familiar with Eurasian Collared-Doves, Loggerhead Shrikes, Great-tailed Grackles, Scaly-breasted Munias and our many introduced parrots and parakeets you'll already be well aware of some of the population trends.
On count day we record every bird that can be identified by sight or sound within the circle and ultimately we're able document population changes over the years and decades. Our mid-December CBC produces a snapshot of early winter birdlife in the San Gabriel Valley and local foothills and over 280 different species have been recorded over the history of the count.
The traditional pre-count meeting will be held at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center on Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30pm. At the meeting there will be an introduction to the Christmas Bird Count, an overview of the count methods and procedures and checklists, and we’ll distribute checklists and other count materials. Count areas will also be assigned.
If you’re new to the count and want to join other participants on count day, this meeting is a great place to meet them and pick an area to count. Can't make the meeting? Don’t worry, it’s easy to coordinate an area assignment via email.
Also, be sure not to miss the post count dinner and wrap-up following the count. Not only will we have a good dinner after a long day in the field, but you’ll also be among the first to find out what good birds were found. Check the Wrentit for details.
For additional information, contact count coordinator Jon Fisher at JonF60@hotmail.com.