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LA Audubon Society monthly meeting, Wednesday, 4/14/10

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  • Nick & Mary Freeman
    Hi Birders You are cordially invited to attend Los Angeles Audubon Society s monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Wednesday April 14, 2010 in Plummer Park, 7335 Santa
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 5, 2010
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      Hi Birders

      You are cordially invited to attend Los Angeles Audubon Society's
      monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Wednesday April 14, 2010 in Plummer Park,
      7335 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, room 1 in the
      Community Hall. Refreshments will be served at the bookstore after
      the presentation.

      Greg Rubin will discuss "Bringing Native Ecology into the Habitat
      Garden: Attracting Wildlife, not Fire"

      Is it safer to have some vegetation around houses in fire prone areas?
      · Can we actually clear too much vegetation from around homes?
      · What is the role of hydration in preventing fire and how
      does it apply to native plants?

      Greg will be discussing how to create sustainable native chaparral
      landscapes that both attract appropriate birds and butterflies while
      at the same time are defensible against fire. This cutting edge
      presentation will describe specific techniques and will show
      beautiful examples of native landscapes. There will also be
      information as to what specific birds are attracted to these gardens.
      Greg Rubin is a former aerospace engineer turned native plant
      landscape architect located in San Diego, CA. He is an award-winning
      designer with 16 years of professional experience, designing over 500
      native landscapes in Southern California. His numerous media
      credentials include the LA Times, Sunset Magazine, and KTLA.

      A few spaces are open for the Owens Valley trip to experience Greater
      Sage Grouse dancing on their lek, 4/10-11/10. Spaces are still
      available for the Quaking Aspen cabin trip in the southern Sierra,
      7/2-5/10, owling three nights to view western mountain target
      species: Flammulated, Spotted, Northern Saw-whet as well as Western
      Screech Owl. A new trip is being offered to the east Mojave Desert,
      5/8-9/10. Our trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced
      birders.

      Next month, Kurt Leuschner will be our May presenter.

      See you there!

      Mary Freeman
      Glendale, CA
      Programs Chair and Field Trip Leader for Los Angeles Audubon Society




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    • Steve Hampton
      Just returned from a week in La Mision, Baja, which is 20 minutes north of Ensenada. The chaparral habitat here is excellent, and RUFOUS-CR and BLACK-CH
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 12, 2010
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        Just returned from a week in La Mision, Baja, which is 20 minutes north of Ensenada.

        The chaparral habitat here is excellent, and RUFOUS-CR and BLACK-CH SPARROWS were in song. LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES were flitting about. Migrant EMPIDS were present. Atop the mesas, SAGE SPARROWS were common. Also of interest, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were very common in town. There were some paler blotchy ones among them. This plumage variability has been noted elsewhere.





        Steve Hampton
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        Office of Spill Prevention and Response
        California Dept of Fish and Game
        PO Box 944209
        Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
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        (916) 323-4724 phone
        (916) 324-8829 fax
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