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

Field Trips




Legg Lake & San Gabriel River

Saturday, November 3, 2018

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

In winter the Hahamonga monthly walk is replacd by the one at Legg Lake. These trips will cover several consistently good lake and park birding areas. Legg Lake has lots of water and scattered trees and has produced good waterfowl numbers and varieties as well as an impressive list of migrants and wintering birds. From there, we'll head for either the Pico Rivera Spreading Grounds or Peck Road Park, depending on water levels and bird reports. Both often host a wide variety of water birds, including grebes, ducks, gulls, terns, egrets, and shorebirds.

Driving Directions (from Pasadena): Take the 210 freeway east to the 605 freeway. Go south on the 605 freeway to the Pomona (60) freeway going west (towards Los
Angeles). Exit at Santa Anita Ave. Turn left and take Santa Anita south (about one-half mile), and enter the first parking lot on your right.

Ed Stonick




Morro Bay

November 10-11, 2018

7:00 am Saturday - early afternoon Sunday

Come join us in Morro Bay, winter home to thousands of shorebirds and many species of raptors and passerines. We have planned a wonderful weekend of birding and exploration for you. Saturday and Sunday we will meet early in order to have plenty of time to bird the local hot spots. We will look for shorebirds, do a little seabird watching, and explore some very bird-rich riparian and woodland locations nearby. Target species include Nelson’s Sparrow and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Yellow-billed Magpies are possible as well.

After the trip on Saturday, please join us at one of the many dockside restaurants. We will finish our scheduled trip after lunch on Sunday. Meeting site and trip schedule to be announced. Motel information will be provided at least 1 month in advance for trip members. Please reserve your space ASAP!

Trip is limited to 15 persons.

Please include the following information when you send in your reservation for this trip: name, phone number, email address, do you have a 2 way radio.

Kathi Ellsworth


and Lance Benner







County Arboretum

Saturday, November 10, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am


This easy walk is for birders of all ages and experience levels. Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum. Admission is $5 – free for members of the Aboretum or Audubon, and free for children under 12.

Katy Mann





North Slope San Gabriels

Saturday, November 17, 2018

7:30 am - early afternoon

We will explore areas on the northern slope of the San Gabriel Mountains, such as Grassy Hollow Visitor’s Center, Jackson Lake, and locations in Valyermo. We will search for high-altitude species as well as wintering raptors. Ferriginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and Golden Eagle are possible, as are Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Unusual species (e.g. Lewis’s Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp Sparrow) have been found in some years. Time permitting, we may look for Mountain Plovers or longspurs in the nearby Antelope Valley.

Although we will get to higher elevations, all locations on this trip are accessible by car, and there is no strenuous hiking involved. We will be out most of the day, but anyone who needs to leave early will be able to do so.

It may be cold, especially at higher elevations, so bring warm clothes. Also, bring lunch. We will meet at Pearblossom Park, which is at the corner of 121st st. East and East Avenue V14 in Pearblossom, just south of Hwy 138 (Pearblossom Highway)

Mark and Janet Scheel







Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, November 18, 2018

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold






Magpie Bird Study Group

Santa Fe Dam

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Meet at the Nature Center.

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.

All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman







Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.

Trip leaders vary.







Legg Lake & San Gabriel River

Saturday, December 1, 2018

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

These trips will cover several consistently good lake and park birding areas. Legg Lake has lots of water and scattered trees and has produced good waterfowl numbers and varieties as well as an impressive list of migrants and wintering birds. From there, we'll head for either the Pico Rivera Spreading Grounds or Peck Road Park, depending on water levels and bird reports. Both often host a wide variety of water birds, including grebes, ducks, gulls, terns, egrets, and shorebirds.

Driving Directions (from Pasadena): Take the 210 freeway east to the 605 freeway. Go south on the 605 freeway to the Pomona (60) freeway going west (towards Los
Angeles). Exit at Santa Anita Ave. Turn left and take Santa Anita south (about one-half mile), and enter the first parking lot on your right.

Ed Stonick







Big Santa Anita Canyon

Sunday, December 2, 2018

6:30 am - noon

Join us for a fall hike into Big Santa Anita Canyon as we search for American Dipper, Pacific Wren, Canyon Wren, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow and other lower montane species.

We're planning to hike past Sturtevant Falls as far as the Cascade picnic area for a total of about six miles. Parking at Chantry Flat is often crowded on weekends so please carpool.

Bring sturdy shoes, plenty of water, some food, sunscreen, a hat, warm clothing and an Adventure Pass for your car. Heavy rain cancels but drizzle does not.

Lance Benner







County Arboretum

Saturday, December 8, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am


This easy walk is for birders of all ages and experience levels. Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum. Admission is $5 – free for members of the Aboretum or Audubon, and free for children under 12.

Katy Mann






Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, December 16, 2018

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold







Magpie Bird Study Group

LA County Arboretum

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Meet at the Front Entrance

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.

All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman







Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.




Legg Lake & San Gabriel River

Saturday, January 5, 2019

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

These trips will cover several consistently good lake and park birding areas. Legg Lake has lots of water and scattered trees and has produced good waterfowl numbers and varieties as well as an impressive list of migrants and wintering birds. From there, we'll head for either the Pico Rivera Spreading Grounds or Peck Road Park, depending on water levels and bird reports. Both often host a wide variety of water birds, including grebes, ducks, gulls, terns, egrets, and shorebirds.

Driving Directions (from Pasadena): Take the 210 freeway east to the 605 freeway. Go south on the 605 freeway to the Pomona (60) freeway going west (towards Los
Angeles). Exit at Santa Anita Ave. Turn left and take Santa Anita south (about one-half mile), and enter the first parking lot on your right.

Ed Stonick







County Arboretum

Saturday, January 12, 2019

8:00 am - 10:00 am


This easy walk is for birders of all ages and experience levels. Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum. Admission is $5 – free for members of the Aboretum or Audubon, and free for children under 12.

Katy Mann





Magpie Bird Study Group

San Gabriel River Spreading Grounds

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Meet at the Mines St. entrance, off Rosemead Blvd.

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.

All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman







Mac Arthur Park

Saturday, January 19, 2019

7:30 am - 11:00 am

Birding is not what most people associate with MacArthur Park, an urban park that lies right in the middle of the crushing hardscape of the city, yet it is quite possibly the best place in the County to observe gulls. Iceland Gull, formerly known as Thayer’s, is a regular winter visitor, and various and mysterious hybrids are also often present. Further, since it is the only park in a very urban landscape, it attracts a surprising diversity of waterfowl and passerines.

The morning of birding will begin here then continue at Echo Park Lake, another urban refuge a few miles away, and maybe some scoping of Siverlake Reservoir, if we’ve still got time.

Meet at the Levitt Pavilion in the northwest corner of MacArthur Park. Metered parking there costs $2 for two hours.

Jon Feenstra







Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, January 20, 2019

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold






San Gabriel River Spreading Grounds

Saturday, January 26, 2019

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Darren, Mark and Janet are leading a field trip that starts much later in the day for a regular bird walk to take advantage of good lighting angles and the habits of the area gulls at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera, one of the most interesting and most variable winter birding sites in the county.

We'll be following the water, like the birds, and those may include thousands of gulls and waterfowl, with some wintering shorebirds and passerines around the edge. Some of the rarest gulls and ducks in L.A. County were found here, and raptors regularly patrol the area.

Park at the east end of Mines Ave., one kilometer east of Rosemead, in Pico Rivera, and be prepared for some real-time adjustment of the route based on conditions. We may be walking up to three miles round trip on a paved surface, out in the open. Scopes are recommended since views across the basins are long.

Darren Dowell, Mark and Janet Scheel







Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.




Salton Sea

(PAS Members only)

February 2-3, 2019

The Salton Sea Trip is a great way to get your year-list cookin'! (Even though it's not Wrentit Club countable!) The sea is one of the premier birding areas in North America, but is in major transition at this time. On the weekend we usually end up with over 100 species and a few surprises. We will bird all day on Saturday and through lunch on Sunday.

This trip is limited to 12 PAS members (it's easy to become a member on our website ). Preference is given to those who can do the entire weekend. Please email me for more information or to make reservations

Ron Cyger, ron@cyger.org/p>







Legg Lake & San Gabriel River

Saturday, February 2, 2019

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

These trips will cover several consistently good lake and park birding areas. Legg Lake has lots of water and scattered trees and has produced good waterfowl numbers and varieties as well as an impressive list of migrants and wintering birds. From there, we'll head for either the Pico Rivera Spreading Grounds or Peck Road Park, depending on water levels and bird reports. Both often host a wide variety of water birds, including grebes, ducks, gulls, terns, egrets, and shorebirds.

Driving Directions (from Pasadena): Take the 210 freeway east to the 605 freeway. Go south on the 605 freeway to the Pomona (60) freeway going west (towards Los
Angeles). Exit at Santa Anita Ave. Turn left and take Santa Anita south (about one-half mile), and enter the first parking lot on your right.

Ed Stonick







County Arboretum

Saturday, February 9, 2019

8:00 am - 10:00 am


This easy walk is for birders of all ages and experience levels. Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum. Admission is $5 – free for members of the Aboretum or Audubon, and free for children under 12.

Katy Mann






Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, February 17, 2019

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Pasadena Audubon and Eaton Canyon Nature Center are cosponsoring monthly walks at Eaton Canyon. The walks are led by Hill Penfold who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

The walks are held on the third Sunday of each month. Meet at the flagpole:bring water, binoculars, hats, but no dogs .

Hill Penfold






Magpie Bird Study Group

Bonelli Park

Tuesday, January 19, 2019

9:00am - 11:30 am

Meet in first parking lot, first left after the Via Verde Dr. entrance.

The group meets the third Tuesday of each month. We bird 9:00 am to about 11:30 am, have a sack lunch, and have a short business meeting.

All PAS members welcome!

Julia Ray and Sid Heyman







Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

8:00 am - 11:00 am

A special benefit for Pasadena Audubon Society members is the chance to bird the Huntington Library grounds. Attendance is by reservation only and limited to 15 participants. Members may bring one non-member guest, space permitting. We thank our member and Huntington curator, Dan Lewis, for making these trips possible.

Contact Mark Hunter by email.