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OUR MEETING PLACE HAS CHANGED TO DOUGLAS PARK
(PLEASE SEE DIRECTIONS AT BOTTOM)
“The greatest threat our birds face today is global warming”
Audubon Chief Scientist Gary Langham
Dave Weeshoff, San Fernando Valley Audubon’s Conservation Chair will review the background and contents of the critically important 2014 National Audubon Report regarding Birds and Climate Change, including the report preparation, contents, results, and ways each of us can help protect our birds locally and nationally. Come hear the facts and the details, and make up your mind as to how you want to help mitigate the effects and change the prognostications.
David A Weeshoff is Conservation Chair, Past-President, and Chair of the Classroom Education Program of the Fernando Valley Audubon Society. He is also a frequent guest speaker to adult and children groups on avian and environmental issues for International Bird-Rescue, Heal the Bay (an organization concerned with improving the water quality off the Southern California coast), as well as Audubon. Dave travels frequently in search of interesting aquatic birds and mammals, including trips to the Antarctic, Arctic, Estonia, Iceland, Greenland, Arctic Canada, Galapagos, New Zealand, Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and Midway Atoll.
Our NEW meeting place is at Douglas Park, 2439 Wilshire Blvd. (between Wilshire Blvd, California Ave, Chelsea Ave & 25th St), Santa Monica. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Cloverfield Blvd., turn north, bear right onto 26th St. and continue north 9 blocks to Wilshire Blvd., turn left and go 2 blocks to Chelsea Ave. Street parking only.
Meeting Room: The meeting place is on the NE corner of Chelsea & Wilshire.
Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward.
Parking: The Wilshire, Chelsea, and 25th St. sides of the park are metered until 6 PM at $1/hour. We don’t know if the posted 3-hour limit is enforced on metered spaces after 6PM. Parking on Chelsea and 25th St. across from the park are non-metered but have a 2-hour limit until 10PM (if you park here, do not linger after the meeting.) The park side of California St. (north end of the block) has no parking restrictions, but only 9 spaces. Other areas north, east and west of the park seems to be 2-hour parking until 10PM. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.
greengarden_2015 I received the Walgrove Elementary School Wildlands invitation a little later than the others. But wait! They will not only have their flowering native-plant garden on display, but will be culling poppy seeds for next year, will have Andy & Kate Lipkis founders of Tree People as special guests, will inaugurate the student bench structure… Lots of excitement!
We as the local Audubon chapter are proud to be major funders of this volunteer-driven effort. Our partners, parent volunteers Zara Bennett, Emiko Kuwata, Clare Carey, and landscape designer Ryan Drnek have also had hands-on support (including weeding!) from Principal Olivia Adams. Just drop in or come for the program. These are great people doing a fantastic job that needs more recognition.
…More to come!
Nearly all local aficionados of California native plants know that Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants is one of the best sources around. These semi-annual sales are a great time to stock up on stuff to replace your lawn. Throughout the sale, TPF staff and volunteers will be on hand for sage advice.
Poppy Dale Plant Sale: Friday-Saturday, 27-28 March, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Members 15% off plants, seeds and TPF gear
Non-members 10% off after 11AM
Not yet a member? Join at the door!
Location: Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc.
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352
Native Plant Week Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale: Saturday, 18 April 9AM – 4PM.
Location: Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino 91436
Co-sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation and the California Native Plant Society, LA/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed Sunday-Monday)
Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos.
Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas. This bird is a skulker and difficult to see well. Luckily it was so overjoyed with the capture of a spider it came out of the vines to show off.
Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia. These were everywhere, singing. Spring arrived around dinner time two days ago, and the joint was jumping.
Sometimes we get an Osprey flyover, or maybe a Merlin or a Peregrine. This is FiFi, one of the few remaining B-29 Superfortresses and the only one currently flying. She was built in 1944, never flew in battle, and was retired in 1958. Today she is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and appears at air shows. More at Wikipedia.
Speaking of Spring, here is why they named this cormorant the Double-crested (Phalacrocorax auritus). Those white feathers on the head are only around in breeding season. The nuptial crests keep the other cormorant species from getting rude with Double-crests but one can only wonder what would happen if a Double-crest should meet a Rockhopper Penguin at the wrong time.
Royal Terns, Thalasseus maximus. We had them mixed in with Elegant Terns today which made identification easy. For once.
Bonaparte’s Gulls, Chroicocephalus philadelphia. These are caught half-way between winter and summer plumage when the head is all-black.
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias. The water level in the lagoon was exceptionally high, nearly 8 feet, and the long-legged waders found it too deep. This bird was up Malibu Creek and even there it couldn’t find a place to fish. The next breach in the berm may come from hungry herons.
Under overcast skies, we birded early in the month (the first of March was a Sunday.) The sand berm had closed at Malibu Lagoon and the small rain events only added inches to the water level, but not enough to punch through to the ocean. The lagoon, at its highest water level since the reconfiguration two years ago, was interesting, but not conducive to shorebird watching. And in fact most of the duck species spotted were in small numbers, possibly because of the water depth. The walk was not without highlights, however. A small family of Surfbirds appeared on the rocks off the Colony—one showed breeding plumage. A number of Elegant Terns showed pinkish breast feathers as well as the growing black crests. There were three Double-Crested Cormorants with bold white eyebrows, on the shore, not far from our position. Not a single Snowy Plover was spotted. No one in the final group remembered previous sightings of an American Robin; it landed on a small island off the Adamson house, not far from the solitary Cattle Egret. Photos from the photo-participants welcome!
Canada Goose 1
Northern Shoveler 2
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 30
Red-throated Loon 3
Common Loon 5
Pie-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 1*
Western Grebe 12
Brandt’s Cormorant 4
Double-crested Cormorant 45
Brown Pelican 27
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 10**
Snowy Egret 12
Cattle Egret 1
American Kestrel 1
American Coot 45
Black-bellied Plover 6
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Marbled Godwit 8
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Bonaparte’s Gull 12
Heerman’s Gull 6
Ring-billed Gull 3
Western Gull 3
Californian Gull 40
Royal Tern 15
Elegant Tern 28
Rock Pigeon 23
Mourning Dove 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
Allen’s Hummingbird 6
Black Phoebe 2
American Crow 5
Rough-winged Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 2
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 2
California Towhee 3
Song Sparrow 9
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Western Meadowlark 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 4
Lesser Goldfinch 1
* Leucitic ** spotted nesting across PCH in ficus