LA Audubon Society monthly meeting, Wednesday, 4/14/10
- 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
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
Next month, Kurt Leuschner will be our May presenter.
See you there!
Programs Chair and Field Trip Leader for Los Angeles Audubon Society
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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.
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