Meetings

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.


Ask A Birder

Wednesday April 28, 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.

Register for the April 28th meeting here

CREDIT: Murray Close/20th Century Fox
Murray Close/20th Century Fox

Monthly meeting: Southern California Native Plants for the Bird Garden

Parker Davis
Wednesday May 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm via Zoom (check back for meeting link)

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 photo by Ken-ichi Ueda, audubon.org
California Figwort (Scrophularia californica). CREDIT: Ken-ichi Ueda, audubon.org

 
 

 
 
 

Past Programs

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
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.

April 2021 YBC-teens flyer
 
 

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

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
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 TEENS Valentines meeting

 
 

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
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
11:30am

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
7:00pm

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
6:00pm

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 lbrunet@pasadenaaudubon.org 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 lbrunet@pasadenaaudubon.org