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




Hahamonga Monthly Walk

Saturday, May 6, 2017

7:30 am - 11:30 am


This monthly bird walk is for birders of all ages and experience. A good variety of birds should be in residence. Bring binoculars, birding guide, water and wear walking shoes. No dogs.

Exit the north 210 at Berkshire and make a right, then a left at Oak Grove.
The Hahamongna Watershed Park entrance is on the right at the next stop light.
Take the first left after entering Hahagmongna, and park by the ballfield.

Leader: Lance Benner






Piute Ponds and Vicinity


Saturday May 6, 2017

6:30am - early afternoon

This trip is now full and there is a waiting list

In spring, Piute Ponds and nearby desert oases are full of northbound shorebirds, warblers, and flycatchers. We will start at Piute Ponds, where we will look for migrants as well as desert specialties such as LeConte's Thrasher. Piute Ponds sometimes hosts birds that are very hard to find elsewhere in the county, such as Bank Swallow, Black Tern, and Franklin's Gull. After Piute Ponds we will visit Apollo Park and, time permitting, the (in)famous Lancaster Sewage Ponds.

Note: Piute Ponds are located on Edwards Air Force Base, which has restricted entry. Space is limited, and Edwards needs advance notice of participants, so it helps to sign up early. Please email Mark Scheel if you would like to attend. We will be meeting in the northern Antelope Valley at 6:30am; the meeting place will be arranged.

Mark and Janet Scheel and Darren Dowell






Malibu Seawatch


Sunday May 7, 2017

7:30am - noon

Feel like experiencing the excitement of pelagic birding without the seasickness? Enjoy a pleasant morning of scoping the ocean for moving seabirds from one of the best seawatching promontories in Southern California. Scoters, loons, cormorants are likely and such pelagic birds as shearwaters, jaegers and alcids are possible, as are Gray Whales and dolphins. We might take some time after our seawatch to check out whatever is hanging out at Zuma Beach or Malibu Lagoon. Bring a scope and a folding chair if you've got one and if you’re into that sort of thing.

Meet on the bluff by the lifeguard shelter at Leo Carrillo State Beach at 0730.

Jon Feenstra






County Arboretum

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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.

Julia Ray






Chilao Visitor Center


Sunday May 14, 2017

8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Chilao Visitor Center walks will continue each month, weather and
road conditions permitting. (No walks in February or March this stormy winter.)

Chilao, 2.6 miles north of I-210 on Angeles Crest (State Hwy 2) is a good place to see woodpeckers and we often see four or more species on a walk. Mountain Quail are somewhat elusive but still seen or heard about half the time. You can also expect Purple Finches, Steller's Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos and several species of nuthatches and others totaling about 30 species during the 2-hour walk

Hill Penfold







Magpie Bird Study Group

Lower Arroyo Seco

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Meet at parking lot near casting pond

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






Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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







C'est Chouette: San Gabriel Mountain Owls


Saturday, May 27, 2017

6:30pm - midnight

Join us as we search for owls and nightjars in the higher areas of the San Gabriel Mountains.

We'll start shortly before sunset when we'll look for Northern Pygmy Owl and diurnal montane species, and then after dark we'll look for Flammulated Owl, Northern Saw­whet Owl, Spotted Owl, Western Screech Owl, Great Horned
Owl, and Common Poorwill.

Limited to 10 people who did not attend the owl trip in December 2016. Please email the leader to reserve a spot.

Lance Benner






Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.




Tejon Ranch


Saturday, June 3, 2017

8:30am-4:30pm

Join us for an all day (*weather permitting, of course) Cross Ranch Tour (CRT). At 422 contiguous square miles, or 240,000 acres, Tejon Ranch is the largest piece of privately held property in California. We will head across the ranch in search of Burrowing Owl, Greater Roadrunner, Golden Eagles and California Condors.

Trip Requirements: a) be a PAS member b) sign up with gillilandsusan@gmail.com c) pay Tejon Ranch fee d) more details and directions will be provided to registered participants.

Frank and Susan Gilliland






County Arboretum

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Julia Ray






Chilao Visitor Center


Sunday June 11, 2017

8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Chilao Visitor Center walks will continue each month, weather and
road conditions permitting. (No walks in February or March this stormy winter.)

Chilao, 2.6 miles north of I-210 on Angeles Crest (State Hwy 2) is a good place to see woodpeckers and we often see four or more species on a walk. Mountain Quail are somewhat elusive but still seen or heard about half the time. You can also expect Purple Finches, Steller's Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos and several species of nuthatches and others totaling about 30 species during the 2-hour walk

Hill Penfold






Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Descanso Gardens

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

9:00 am - 11:30 am

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






Throop Peak


Sunday June 24, 2017

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us as we explore one of the highest altitude trails in the San Gabriel Mountains during the peak time of year for montane birds. We'll hike at a leisurely pace to the summit of Throop Peak (elevation: about 9100 feet) as we search for Williamson's Sapsucker, White­headed Woodpecker, Dusky Flycatcher, Clark's Nutcracker, Townsend's Solitaire, Red Crossbill, and other montane species.

Meet at Dawson Saddle at mile 69.6 on the Angeles Crest Highway, about 45 miles from I­210 in La Canada. Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant, sturdy shoes, a hat, and a coat. The hike is about four miles round­trip; a few sections are steep, and all of it is at altitudes in excess of 7900 feet. Please carpool and plan for 90 minutes to drive from Pasadena

Lance Benner