Invitation to LA Audubon Society monthly meeting, 11/9/11
- Hi Birders!
You are cordially invited to attend Los Angeles Audubon Society's
monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Wednesday November 9, 2011 in Plummer Park,
7335 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, room 1 in the
Community Center. Free parking is available in Plummer Park and
additional parking is available in the Fountain Ave. lot. Refreshments
served afterwards in the meeting room.
No doubt that some of you out there have attended LAAS's trips to the
Eastern Sierra and this woodpecker species is one of our target birds
for the trip and I'm delighted to have Steve give this talk:
Steve Shunk: Burned Forests and Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Sierra
Forest fires present a classic man vs. nature dilemma in California's
largest mountain range. The Sierra Nevada evolved with fire as a
critical part of its ecology, and the Black-backed Woodpecker is the
quintessential poster-child for the current state of Sierra forests.
Society's demand for wood products and the fact that we own homes in
the woods together make it impossible for us to allow the natural fire
regime to occur. For 100 years we have suppressed fire in the forest,
leaving volatile fuel loads, which burn violently once sparked. How do
we balance the demands of a growing populace with the importance of
Join Oregon naturalist and North American woodpecker specialist Steve
Shunk for a thorough natural history of the Black-backed Woodpecker.
Steve spent the summer of 2011 studying Black-backs in the Sierra
Nevada, visiting 28 different burns, and he lives in the heart of
Black-backed Woodpecker habitat in Oregon's eastern Cascade Mountains.
Steve will interpret western forest ecology, with an emphasis on and
the keystone roles played by the region�s woodpeckers.
12/14/11 Mary & Nick Freeman: "The Northern Saw-whet Owl and The
Station Fire" - Change of venue for this month only: Debs Park, Los
Our conservation projects, fieldtrips, and monthly meeting
presentations will continue, the Los Angeles Audubon Society
headquarters and bookstore has shut down.
I hope to see you this night!
Los Angeles Audubon Society Program Chair and Fieldtrip Leader
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