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

Botany for Birders


This is a class first innovated and offered in 2011 and asks the question: “would you like to know more about plant identification and ecology to improve your knowledge, communication skills and enjoyment of birds in their ecosystems?”  These classes and field trip will provide illustrated examples and hands-on samples of plants from Southern California habitats, including; valleys, foothills, mountains, and deserts.  Both native and common non-native trees and shrubs will be included, but we will stick to most important, indicator species for bird habitat. This is not an exhaustive plant ID class.


  • Dominant trees and shrubs that provide common perches for birds.  Rather than say “it’s in that big tree toward the middle,”  you can say “in the sycamore, just left of the ash.”
  • Important food plants, berries, seeds.  In what plants do I look for Pine Siskins in Fall or Swainson’s Thrushes during May migration?
  • What warblers tend to use conifers and which are most likely in deciduous trees.
  • Where to really look for a California Gnatcatcher, a Cactus Wren, or a Least Bittern based on vegetation indicators.
  • Recommended books and other sources for identifications and further study.

When:  Two evening classes:  Thursday October 22, and Thursday October 29, 2015  7-9 p.m. and a local Field Trip: Saturday October 31, 2015 Class limited to 20 people. Participants are asked to make all sessions.

Where:  Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Cost: $ 50 for Pasadena Audubon Members, $70 for non-members (which will include membership). Fee is payable to “Pasadena Audubon Society” and due at the first class session.

Instructor:  Mickey Long, Field Biologist and former Natural Areas Administrator, L.A. County Parks & Recreation.

For Questions or to make reservations contact:  botany@pasadenaaudubon.org

Sponsored by Pasadena Audubon Society and Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

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Field Sketching and Bird Drawing With Catherine Hamilton


Field Sketching and Bird Drawing With Catherine Hamilton

September 26, 2015

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join accomplished illustrator Catherine Hamilton in a Field Sketching and Bird Drawing Workshop at Eaton Canyon Nature Center on September 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Open to birders and artists (and especially non-artists!) of all levels, this workshop will focus on learning to understand birds better
through drawing them.

Drawing from life and from photos, the workshop will provide an opportunity to gain further skills in perception and technique. Anatomy will be introduced, and use of color discussed. Participants should bring pencils and paper, or their favorite medium. A list of suggested materials can be provided upon request.

Cost is $15 per participant. 12 and under are free if accompanied by a paying adult. Please make reservations by sending an email to ron.cyger@PasadenaAudubon.org. Payment will be taken at the door. Please make your check payable to Pasadena Audubon Society. Class size is limited, so don’t wait! Come on down and draw!

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Birdathon 2015 Results


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.

Congratulations to all of the teams for doing a fantastic job finding birds! Please donate to one or all of the following teams:

  • 209 Species --- Team Who consisted of Britany O'Connor, Catherine Hamilton, Luke Tiller & David Bell.
    On April 26 they had a fantastic and fun day out in Los Angeles County looking for birds.

  • 197 Species --- Irritable Owl Syndrome consisted of Mark and Janet Scheel, Ron Cyger, & Darren Dowell.
    On Saturday April 25, they were frozen, rained on, and pummelled by gale force winds as they undertook a 21-hour mission to identify (by sight or sound) as many species of birds as possible in a single day in Los Angeles County.

  • 117 Species --- Team Verdin featured Dessi Sieburth who did a Big Photo Day on April 25.
    They started at the LA River, moved to the coast, and then inland to the Santa Monica mountains and San Fernando Valley and into the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

  • 95 Species --- Kind of Green consisted of Darren Dowell, Nathan Osborne & Christopher Stevenson.
    On April 26, they spent a full day out in local habitat, including Hahamonga Watershed Park, Millard Canyon and Mt. Lowe.

  • 67 Species --- The Big Sit at Legg Lakes featured Laura Garrett, along with Mickey & Jan Long, Elaine “Best Big Sit Ever!” MacPherson, Liz Cordero, Deni Sinott, and some new Big Sitters: Eileen Burton, Ira Blitz, and Katy Mann.

  • You can 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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