On Saturday April 13 and 27, we will offer a free presentation and hike for all teachers on “Wildfires and Fire Ecology in Southern California” at Paramount Ranch. The talks will be held at the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center and the walks will take place at Paramount Ranch.
We will share the basics of fire ecology in the recent burned area, discuss outdoor classroom techniques, share resources, lesson plans and ideas on how to encourage students to visit the park.
For more information and to RSVP, please email email@example.com or call 805-370-2304 with the date of your choice at least one week before the event. Include your name, email, phone number, the school where you teach, and if you will be attending the talk, the hike, or both.
Join a California Naturalist Guide for an introduction to the City Nature Challenge and a guided walk to find photo subjects for your challenge entries.
This will be an east nature walk around the upper canyon of Franklin Canyon park, including visits to the Redwood Grove, the Heavenly Pond, and the Lake.
We’ll work together as a team to find insects, plants, and wildlife to help LA become a winner for this international challenge!
No registration required and FREE! We will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Please wear a hat and walking shoes. Bring your smartphone or camera and water.
We are participating in the City Nature Challenge – a worldwide competition in which a bunch of different cities compete against each other to see who is documenting nature and urban biodiversity better. It runs from April 26 to April 29. On Saturday, April 27, join a National Park Service ranger on a guided hike at Griffith Park.
Exact trail is Old LA Zoo Trail. Parking will be at the Merry G0-Round parking area which is near the Ranger Station (4730 Crystal Springs Drive). If you’re driving north on Crystal Springs Drive, make a left on the first street where the Ranger Station is that leads to the Merry Go-Round parking lot.
- enough water
- hat/sun protection
Download the iNaturalist application on your smart phone and help us identify plants, animals or fungi so we can take the crown back from San Francisco.
Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.
Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.
CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)
DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.
On Bird LA Day, be the first to experience Mountains Restoration Trust’s first bird-dedicated trail with renowned ornithology experts, Dr. Tom Smith and Dr. Brenda Larison from UCLA. MRT will provide binoculars and Dr. Smith and Larison will share their bird knowledge with you.
Our bird-dedicated trail, made possible by San Fernando Valley Audubon, traverses through five different habitats in the lower Cold Creek Preserve (coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grassland, riparian, and oak woodland habitats) where you often find wrentits, acorn woodpeckers, Cooper’s hawks, among many others. Marking this newly dedicated trail are signs with various bird and habitat identifications.
Please arrive at the trailhead at 8 am ready to bird! To view a map for travel and parking instructions, click here. We will provide binoculars but please come prepared with comfortable hiking shoes with good grip, hiking clothes, a hat/sunglasses, plenty of water, and your favorite bird guide! Space is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP. No previous birding experience is required to RSVP for the event.
Bird lists generated from the nearest e-Bird hotspot will be emailed out prior to the event and a complete list of the birds of the Santa Monica Mountains can be found here and of the entire Los Angeles area here. #BirdLADay and #BirdsofMRT.
Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.
We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!