Welcome to Pasadena Audubon Society

Founded in 1904

Affiliated with the National Audubon Society

Our Mission: To bring the excitement of birds to our community through birding, education and the conservation of bird habitats

Birdathon April 24-26 2015


Birdathon is Pasadena Audubon's major annual fundraiser. Dozens of members surge forth to find as many bird species as they can in Los Angeles County in a 24-hour period. They get pledges from the public – either fixed amounts or a certain amount per species. When pledging, keep in mind that the most fanatical teams can find around 200 species and even the laid-back teams find 40 or 50 species. But please pledge!

This year the funds raised will support the "No Big Dig" campaign, featuring the lawsuit against the environmentally disastrous Public Works plan to destroy most of the Hahamongna basin in the name of flood control. Help us to protect this incredible place and to balance habitat with flood safety.

And who are these teams? All of the teams listed below are planning Birdathon activities and some of them are looking for company!

  • Irritable Owl Syndrome (April 25) are Mark and Janet Scheel, Ron Cyger, and Darren Dowell. They begin just after midnight and drive about 400 miles through the county over the course of a very long day, into the following evening. Last year they found 195 species. How many will they find this time?

  • A local-conservation-themed team returns in 2015 as Kind of Green (April 26.) They plan to search Hahamongna in the morning and trails overlooking Millard Canyon in the afternooon and evening, covering as many Miles by foot as they do by car. Expected species total is around 90 –passerines, owls, and all that Jazz. Don't be a Freddie Freeloader– please join them (half day OK) or donate! Contact team organizer Darren Dowell (dowell.darren@yahoo.com).

  • The Big Sit (April 25) are Laura Garrett and a number of others who subscribe to her way of doing Birdathon. If it resonates with you, you are welcome to join them. From Laura: Do you like sleeping during normal sleeping hours? Do you like hot coffee, comfy places to sit, and peaceful views? Then The Big Sit is for you. We will meet at Legg Lakes, in the open grassy area between the south and middle lakes, just east of the playground, coffee and breakfast in hand, to count as many species as we can before noon. A few of us may even take a leisurely stroll around a lake or two. Bring your own coffee, snacks, and chair. If even our lovely relaxed morning is too rigorous for you, please feel free to sponsor us!

  • Team Verdin features Dessi Sieburth doing a Big Photo Day. When you pledge with Dessi you pay by the number of species that he photographs that day.

  • Team Who is newly formed for 2015 and consists of Britany O'Connor, Catherine Hamilton, Luke Tiller and David Bell. They are planning to offer Irritable Owl Syndrome a run for their money.

  • Donate Online:

    Name of Team/Birder

  • Or click here to download the donation form

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    PAS Christmas Bird Count 12/20/2014


    While children look forward to December 25th with great excitement, what gets most birders motivated at that time of year are Christmas Bird Counts. As the year draws to a close, what better way to end it than participating in the Pasadena-SanGabriel Valley CBC?

    Newcomers are always welcome on the Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley CBC. If you’re new to birding or to Christmas Counts, this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds. We will team you up with more experienced participants, or you can cover an area on your own.

    The center point of our circle is the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Duarte Road. The territory covered extends seven and one half miles in every direction from that spot, thus making a circle fifteen miles in diameter. Aside from the notable man-made attractions of this area, including the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, JPL, Cal Tech and the Mt. Wilson Observatory, the San Gabriel Valley and environs also host many species of birds. In fact, over 280 species have been recorded during the count’s six and a half decades of existence.

    Some of the important areas to be found within in the count circle include Big Santa Anita Canyon, all of the Whittier Narrows area, the San Gabriel River, Peck Road Water Conservation Park, Eaton Canyon, the Huntington Gardens, the L.A. County Arboretum and a portion of Santa Fe Dam. The northern border of the circle tops out at 5,700 foot Mt. Wilson; a location that offers the possibility of both regular montane and higher elevation birds that may have moved downslope by late fall and early winter.

    From that list it should be obvious that there’s plenty of diversity in the circle, and the fact that well over 150 species are routinely found on count day demonstrates it. Adding another dimension to the count are the unexpected vagrants that inevitably turn up. Some are discovered well in advance of the count but others surprise us on count day.

    The 2014 Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 20. We’ll have the usual pre-count meeting at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30pm. At the meeting there will be an overview of the count and checklists and other count materials will be available. We’ll also review procedures and assign count areas. If you can’t be at the meeting, you can still sign up for an area to count via e-mail.

    As always, we will hold the traditional post-count dinner and wrap-up on count night. We’ll not only have some good food, but be among the first to find out what interesting birds were found on the count. See Meetings for details.

    For additional information, please contact count coordinator Jon Fisher at JonF60@hotmail.com.

    Jon Fisher

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    PAS and ECNCA Conduct Outreach at Longfellow Elementary School’s Fall Festival 2014


    A group of dedicated PAS Audubon Members and Docents from Eaton Canyon Nature Center joined forces at Longfellow Elementary on Friday, October 24th to help celebrate their annual Fall Festival. PAS and ECNCA have participated in this outreach for three years running. This year's theme was Skeletons and Day of the Dead. Many kids and parents were dressed in costume, so it added to the fun atmosphere.

    Our task was to demystify the myths around owls, bats and skulls --handily done by presenting factual information, taxidermy, and fun activities to get the interest of the young party goers and their parents.

    PAS members shared information about three species of owls and spoke about the negative effects of rat poison on owls and other wildlife. ECNCA docents provided fantastic opportunities to study mammal taxidermy (coyote, gray fox, and raccoon), and hands-on demonstrations of mammal pelts and skulls. A fun quiz about bats encouraged thinking by our young visitors… and the participants got a piece of candy when they got the right answer! Our outreach activities attracted a crowd of about 200 kids and 100 parents. It was busy, loud, and FUN!!

    Thanks again to PAS members Susan Gilliland (ECNCA docent), Grace Wong, Beatrix Schwarz, Dessi Siebirth, Frank Gilliland, Norm Vargas, and ECNCA docents including Karen Mateer (President of ECNCA and PAS member), Kenia Loyola (in Bat Costume, designed by ECNCA docent Melanie Symonds), Bluebird Taylor and Yara Herrate. (Reporting by D. Sinnott. Photos by S. Gilliland).

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    Pasadena Audubon Photo Contest Results


    Pasadena Audubon's first photography contest was underway this summer! You can get full details, rules, conditions, right here on our site. Download the Rules and Entry Form here .

    Here are the entries and winners!

    Grand Prize: Great Blue Heron by Kathy Degner

    Winners in the Bird Category:
    First Place: Golden Hooded Tanager by Mark Scheel
    Honorable Mention: Bird of Prey with Bird Riding on top by Karen Suarez

    Winners in the Birders Category:

    First Place: Shadow Shot by Beatrix Schwarz
    Honorable Mention: Dessi & Lance by Beatrix Schwarz

    The contest ran from June 1 until August 31. Your photos had to be be taken during that time frame. You must have been a member of Pasadena Audubon to compete. There was no entry fee.

    You could have shot your photos anywhere in the world. There were two categories: (1) Birds and (2) Birders.

    Photos were posted anonymously to a private Flickr online photo album to assure impartial judging. Prizes were awarded during the PAS general meeting on September 17.

    Judges includeed PAS member and Huntington Library curator Dan Lewis; award-winning professional photographer Catherine Ledner; and a judge provided by Samy's Camera.

    Please direct any questions to photocontest@pasadenaaudubon.org

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    Development in Sierra Madre


    From Laura Garrett, conservation chair:
    The 88-acre Mater Dolorosa Monastery is planning to sell 15-20 acres of its property to a developer who plans to build several houses there. This is potential Spotted Owl territory. CA Fish & Wildlife has already been apprised of the situation.

    A coalition of Sierra Madre folks, including the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy, has begun the work of trying to stop this project. If you are interested in learning more, please visit www.stopmonasteryhousingproject.com.

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    Hahamonga Sediment Removal Update


    From Laura Garrett, conservation chair:

    Now we wait. On January 21st, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works closed its public comment period on the Draft EIR of their massive sediment removal project.

    We do not know how long it will be until we get a response to our questions and comments, but we’re hoping by next summer or early fall. The PAS Board strongly objected to all of the alternate plans offered by the County, saying they were too toxic, noisy, disruptive, and destructive, and we also pointed out the lack of supporting evidence or scientific argument that showed this project was even necessary.

    Instead, we asked the County to follow the Go Slow Plan: Go Slow, Go with the Flow, Let the Habitat Grow, and Keep Costs and Impacts Low. This plan suggests that we take 20 years instead of five, which means we don’t need to have diesel trucks driving though neighborhood at the rate of one an hour for five years. The Go Slow plan also argues for using the water that flows through the Arroyo (assuming it ever rains again!) to move the sediment through the channel. The County already does this—we want them to do more of it. If they really do need to move sediment out, all they have to do is move more out than comes in. The Go Slow Plan also urges the County to let the habitat return to its natural state rather than turning most of Hahamongna into a giant maintenance yard. Lastly, the Go Slow Plan will cost less and cause much less impact in the local neighborhoods, the 210 freeway, and all of Pasadena. We hope that the County sees the light and learns to work with nature and stakeholders instead of against us.

    If you sent in a comment, thank you very much!

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