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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



Mt. Waterman (formelry Throop Peak)


Sunday June 24, 2017

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Update 6/10: Caltrans has closed the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains between Islip Saddle on the west (mile 64) and Blue Ridge Road on the east (mile 78) due to a sinkhole near Grassy Hollow, and the closure could last more than 30 days. Consequently, we're changing the Pasadena Audubon Throop Peak trip to hike up Mt. Waterman instead. The Throop Peak trailhead at mile 69.5 is inside the closure but the Mt. Waterman trailhead is not. The Mt. Waterman trailhead is across the road from a large pull-out at mile 58.0, which is about 1/2 mile east the Mt. Waterman Ski Area and about 1/4 mile west of the entrance to Buckhorn Campground. The pull-out is also about 100 yards west of the Buckhorn day use picnic area.

The start time for the trip will be 7:30 am as previously planned. The trailhead is at an elevation of about 6800 feet and the summit of Mt. Waterman is at about 8000 feet. Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant, sturdy shoes, a hat, and a coat.

We'll be able to see most of the same bird species by hiking up Mt. Waterman that we would have seen on Throop Peak but with a significantly lower probability of finding Williamson's Sapsucker.

Please carpool and plan for 90 minutes to drive from Pasadena

Lance Benner






Black Swifts and Lesser Nighthawks


Saturday July 1st, 2017

Late afternoon - evening

Black Swift: so enigmatic was this species that up until 2012 ornithologists still had no idea where the birds wintered. We will seek out these aerial acrobats at Claremont Wilderness Park, the only reliable spot in LA County, to find this most mysterious of birds. The swifts are best looked for late in the day and so we will spend a couple of pre­dusk hours seeking them out. On our return towards Pasadena we will make a sundown stop in Duarte to look for Lesser Nighthawks.

Please email me at streatham2003@aol.com to reserve a spot and to receive directions on where and when to meet.

Luke Tiller




Southern Sierra Nevada

Sat-Sun, July 8-9, 2017

All weekend


Note trip is full and there is a waiting list

Join us as we explore the southern Sierra Nevada at the Audubon Kern River Preserve, the Greenhorn Mountains, Holey Meadow, Trail of 100 Giants, Sherman Pass, and the Kern Plateau. Possible species: yellow­billed cuckoo, summer tanager, brown­crested flycatcher, willow flycatcher, pileated woodpecker, Pacific wren, sooty grouse, northern goshawk, black­backed woodpecker, mountain bluebird, both Pacific and "interior west" white­breasted nuthatches, owls, and other montane species.

Limit is 10 people. Please contact the trip leader (lbenner@charter.net) to reserve a spot and to obtain information on lodging and other logistics.

Lance Benner and Kathi Ellsworth






County Arboretum

Saturday, July 8, 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 July 9, 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





Natural History Museum of L.A. County


Wednesday July 19, 2017

9:30 am

Join us for a behind the scenes tour at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History! We will check out the gardens, tour the ornithology collection, and observe specimens being prepared.

Limit is 15 people, and you must RSVP to Kym at Kym.buzdygon@passadenaaudubon.org. Carpooling or public transit is encouraged. Entry is free but you will need to pay for parking.

Kimball Garrett






Lower L.A. River


Saturday, August 5, 2017

8:00 am - noon

August is about the peak of shorebird migration as wintering birds return and transients pass through. Be prepared for anything, but if your shorebird ID skills are rusty we will spend as much time as necessary on the more common species to get everyone comfortable with them.

Take the 710 (Long Beach) Fwy south to the Willow Street offramp, head east across the L.A. River, and take the first left on Golden Ave, the first left again on 26th, and follow 26th past the pump station onto DeForest Ave. Park near the river access by the bridge and meet the group along the river at 8:00. We will bird until noon and may visit the Dominguez Gap Wetlands if time permits.

Larry Allen






San Gabriel Mountains Springs Hike


Saturday, August 12, 2017

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

We will be visiting several springs in the high elevation San Gabriel Mountains, accessed at roadside and by hike from the Angeles Crest, seeking many of the resident montane bird species, perhaps a few southbound migrants, some wildflowers, and a refreshing break from the summer heat.

Total hiking distance will be approx. 5 miles at an elevation of 7000 feet, with only small elevation gain. Meet at Islip Saddle at mile marker 64.1 on the Angeles Crest Highway, about 40 twisty miles from I­210 in La Canada, by 7:30 am. This is not the starting location for the main hike, so please be prompt. Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, bug repellent, sturdy shoes, and a hat. Please carpool and plan for 80 minutes to drive from Pasadena.

Darren Dowell







County Arboretum

Saturday, August 12, 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 August 13, 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





Odes and Hummers


Saturday, August 19, 2017

8:00 am - midday

The heat of summer is a great time to look for both migrant and possibly even vagrant hummingbirds, so we will start out our morning checking out a private site where large numbers of these incredible little gems can be found. As the day warms up we will poke around a couple of spots looking for dragonflies, damselflies and whatever other critters we can uncover.

Please email Luke Tiller at streatham2003@aol.com to reserve a spot and to receive directions on where and when to meet.

Luke Tiller







Hahamonga Monthly Walk

Saturday, September 2, 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: Darren Dowell






Piute Ponds and vicinity

Saturday, September 9, 2017

6:30 am - early afternoon


By September, southbound migration will be in full swing. Join us at the Piute Ponds, a wetland oasis in the desert, where every year thousands of sandpipers and plovers stage on their way south. We should find over a dozen shorebird species, and we may see Baird's or Pectoral Sandpipers. We will also look for desert birds such as Bell's Sparrow and we have a chance for LeConte's Thrasher. After Piute Ponds, we will visit nearby Apollo Park, where we will look for migrating songbirds such as warblers and flycatchers. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.

Note: Piute Ponds are located on Edwards Air Force Base, which has restricted entry, so space is limited. Please email Mark Scheel (scheel@tapir.caltech.edu) if you would like to attend. We will be meeting in the northern Antelope Valley at dawn (6:30 am); the meeting place will be arranged.

Mark and Janet Scheel






County Arboretum

Saturday, September 9, 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 September 10, 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







Dana Point Pelagic Trip


Saturday, September 16, 2017

7:00am-3:00pm

Note trip is sold out and there is now a waitlist

Price $65.00

(Online price is $67.00 to cover transaction costs).

We are excited to announce our first eight­-hour dedicated pelagic trip! We will depart from Dana Point on the speedy Ocean Explorer and spend most our time at sea in Los Angeles County waters. This longer trip will help us connect with species that are harder to see from just your average whale watch, and chartering the boat will allow us focus specifically on the birds. PAS will be providing expert pelagic tour leaders (Kimball Garrett and Jon Feenstra) for this trip to help pick out interesting species. Birds that might be encountered include a variety of shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, alcids, gulls and terns. One of our main targets will be the rafts of storm­-petrels that gather offshore in September, which may include both Black and Least. Uncommon and rare species discovered on similarly timed trips have included: Manx and Flesh­-footed Shearwater, Arctic Tern, Red­-footed and Blue­-footed Booby and Craveri’s Murrelet, among others.

*Please note: All tickets for this trip are now completely sold out. If you would like to be put onto a standby list for this event, please send an email to Kym Buzdygon at Kym.buzdygon@pasadenaaudubon.org Thanks to everyone for such an enthusiastic response, we hope to have more events like this in the future.*

Leader: Luke Tiller





Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, September 17, 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

Legg Lakes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Santa Anita Ave Parking Lot

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, 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.







Fall Warblerama

Saturday, September 30 2017

7:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us as we look for interesting warblers, flycatchers, and other passerines near the end of fall migration. We will start at DeForest Park in Long Beach, which tends to attract migrants: it is a green area with tall trees in an area that is mostly residential, and it is located adjacent to the LA River. We will search the park for migrants, and explore other nearby areas depending on where migrants are showing up.

Directions: From the southbound 710 freeway, exit south on Atlantic (same exit as the eastbound 91 freeway). Go south on Atlantic, then right (west) on 63rd street to the end, which is DeForest Ave. Go south on DeForest Ave and park in the parking lot on the west side of the street, opposite Harding St.

Mark and Janet Scheel