Monthly chapter meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm, and programs are presented from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. NOTE: Because of covid-19, meetings may be virtual. If in person, the meeting venue may change from month to month. Check each specific meeting for details.
Monthly meeting: Debunking Wildfire Myths
Wednesday October 20, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom
Natural fires are as essential as sun and rain in fire-adapted forests. But according to fire ecologist Chad Hanson, as humans encroach on wild spaces, fear, arrogance, and greed have shaped the way that people view these regenerative events and have given rise to a great deal of misinformation about wildfires. Hanson says the peril that these myths pose to forests is profound—affecting whole habitats and the wildlife that depend on them. The exploitation of these carbon dioxide-absorbing ecosystems also threatens humanity's chance of overcoming the climate crisis. Join Chad Hanson as he explains why much of what we believe about wildfires is wrong.
Dr. Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Big Bear City, California, and has a Ph.D. in ecology with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems. His latest book is Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate. Dr. Hanson has published dozens of peer-reviewed studies on forest and fire ecology, and is also the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book, The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix.
NOTE: This meeting was scheduled be live in Ayres Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, it's now Zoom only. Sign up here.
Birds vs. Oil
Wednesday November 17, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
In early October an undersea oil pipeline spewed thousands of gallons of crude oil into the waters off Orange County. The environmental impact has been substantial, and the ramifications of the spill will likely be felt for years. Dave Weeshoff has spent decades on the front lines in the battle to keep bird habitats free from oil spills, and to rehabilitate birds fouled by oil. He'll give an expert's view on what's involved in responding to major oil spills, and what we can do to prevent future spills.
David Weeshoff a long-time member of International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, holding pretty much every position there from volunteer to chair of IBR's board of directors. He’s also a member of the Board of Directors for Pasadena Audubon.
Monthly meeting: Mickey and Jon's Bird ID Quiz
Wednesday September 15, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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. 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!
Monthly meeting: "Bird of Prey" live screening
Wednesday August 18, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Heritage Square Museum
It's our first in-person event in 16 months! Join us as we host an under-the-stars screening of the award-winning documentary "Bird of Prey". Our venue is the grounds of the beautiful Heritage Square Museum, just off the 110 freeway in the Montecito Heights section of L.A. (MAP)
Relax on the lawn (feel free to bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic style food and drink) while you watch "Bird of Prey", the story of the Philippine Eagle -- the biggest eagle on earth, and one of the rarest birds in the world. The cinematography of these birds in their natural habitat is stunning, and the story of the people attempting to save the species from extinction is riveting. It's an experience you won't want to miss. (See a trailer)
Monthly meeting: A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds with Scott Weidensaul
Wednesday July 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that make bird migration possible has exploded. Whether it's crossing immense oceans, flying above the highest mountains, forgoing sleep for days or weeks, or remaining in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, the latest avian migration discoveries time and time again exceed what we thought was possible.
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has traveled the world to profile the scientists working to unravel the mysteries of migration, and the conservationists fighting to protect the future of the world's migrating birds. It's the subject of his new bestselling book "A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds". Join us for a globe-hopping presentation as Scott shows us some of the ways birds are even more amazing than we thought.
Scott Weidensaul is the author of nearly thirty books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds" and "The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean". Weidensaul's writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Audubon, Living Bird, Bird Watcher's Digest and National Wildlife. Weidensaul is also an active bird researcher, codirecting Project Owlnet, a collaborative effort among nearly 125 banding and research stations across North America studying owl migration, and for more than 20 years he has directed a major effort to study the movements of Northern SawWhet Owls.
Tens of thousands of Amur falcons lift off from their nighttime roost in Nagaland, India, a few of the millions that crowd these remote mountains each autumn en route to Africa. (©Scott Weidensaul)
Monthly meeting: Annual June Dinner (sans dinner)
Wednesday June 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom
Even with the COVID pandemic mercifully petering out, we're once again holding our annual June meeting virtually via Zoom to be on the safe side. But don't cry for us Larus argentatus!(*) This is still sure to be a great time, as we will be celebrating members' contributions with several awards and carrying on with the PAS annual June tradition of the Members' Slideshow!
Be there and be a Zoom Square!
*Larus argentatus is the scientific name for the Herring Gull. See what we did there?
Monthly meeting: Southern California Native Plants for the Bird Garden
Wednesday May 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Got birds? There are about 600 species of birds that call California home. Here in Pasadena, we have fabulous local, native birds, such as the California Towhee, California Quail and California Thrasher. You can find these birds by traveling to a local open space, preserve, or park, but why not just bring your favorite birds to you by planting a few beautiful native plants in your yard? In this presentation, you will learn about some of the best native plants for birds, the relationships that the birds have formed with them, and why they're so important. We'll also go over a few different plant combinations that are not only great for a variety of species of birds, but also beautiful to look at and easy to care for.
Parker Davis is the Director of Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery, a project of the Arroyo Seco Foundation. A Pasadena local and the son of a former biology teacher, Parker spent much of his childhood exploring the canyons and crests of the San Gabriel Mountains. His fascination with the local flora and fauna has been a driving obsession in his life. He was formerly a volunteer at Los Nogales Native Plant Nursery in Debs Park, where, with the support of the Audubon Society, he documented over 200 species of plants, animals, & fungi and compiled them into a digital biome. He began leading interpretive walks and giving talks on natural history over 4 years ago. He also offers independent consultations and design services for gardens with native plants for homes and businesses.
California Figwort (Scrophularia californica). CREDIT: Ken-ichi Ueda, audubon.org
Monthly Meeting -- Hummingbirds: Small Wonders with Sheri L. Williamson
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
They may be tiny, but hummingbirds know how to live large. Dazzling colors, fearless personalities, voracious appetites, continent spanning migrations, "singing" feathers, and sometimes scandalous personal lives are just a few of the qualities that have earned these miniature marvels a devoted following far beyond the birding community. Join internationally known hummingbird researcher Sheri Williamson for an evening with these small wonders. As adaptable as they are, hummingbirds are vulnerable to many of the same environmental crises as other migratory birds — loss of habitat and food resources, pollution, and the effects of climate change. Good news: Almost anyone in N. America can help build a brighter future for hummingbirds with a few simple actions. Williamson, a lifelong naturalist, birder and conservationist, is cofounder and director/naturalist of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. She recently completed a major revision of A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America in the Peterson Field Guide Series, first published in 2002, and she will provide a sneak peek at this revised edition.
Allens Hummingbird. Photo by Chris Spurgeon
Young Birders Club - TEENS
Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Calling all teens interested in birds, birding, and meeting other teens with similar interests. All skill levels are welcome! This month's talk: How, why and where birds move over the Earth. Humanity has long noticed the movements of birds in time with the seasons. In this talk we'll explore the different trips birds make in their lifetimes and how they regularly manage some of the most impressive feats of travel known to man. Led by budding biologist, serious birder and college sophomore, Teodelina Martelli.
Young Birders Club - KIDS
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm via Zoom
The PAS Young Birder Club - Kids meets on the second Wednesday of the month on Zoom. All kids interested in birds and nature are welcome. Learn about birds and the environment and meet other kids with similar interests. Parents/guardians are welcome too!
Monthly Meeting -- Listen to Her Sing
Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Only male birds sing, right? Wrong! In fact, this widespread notion has a lot more to do with human cultural and geographic biases than it has to do with nature. In this talk, Nathan Pieplow explores the oftenoverlooked songs of female birds. You will hear the pair duets of meadowlarks and blackbirds, the musical songs of female cardinals and orioles, and the distinctive song of the female Canyon Wren, among others. In which species do females actually sing more often than males? How do you know when you’re listening to a female Blue Jay? And where did we even get this crazy idea that only male birds sing? Answers to these questions and more in this presentation.
Nathan Pieplow has been fascinated by birds since his childhood in South Dakota and has intensively studied bird sounds since 2003. He is the former editor of the journal Colorado Birds and an author of the Colorado Birding Trail. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado. He is the co-creator of the seminal Earbirding.com website and author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America and the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America.
Female Bullocks Oriole. Photo by Lois Brunet
Ask A Birder
Wednesday February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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.
Birders at Estero Bluffs. Photo by Howard Ignatius.
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How Cities Affect Evolution and Behavior in the Dark-eyed Junco and the House Sparrow
February 17, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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.
Dark-eyed Junco photo by Chris Spurgeon
Young Birders Club - TEENS
Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 5:30PM
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.
Young Birders Club - KIDS
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, 6PM
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!
LA's Urban Raptors
January 20, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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.
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.
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
Invertebral Limit: Insect Life of Southern California
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
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
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:
- You will have 5 minutes to show your bird photos and videos. This is 10 to 20 photos at most.
- Email Lois Brunet at email@example.com to get on the list of presenters.
- Photos will be uploaded here.
- 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.
- Upload your photos using drag and drop, or using the “+New” button on the upper left
- Number your photo files, if you want them to be shown in a particular order.
- Be ready to present when you are called on during the meeting.
Questions? Email Lois Brunet at firstname.lastname@example.org