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




The Big Sit at Whittier Narrows

Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:00 am - noon


The Big Sit takes place on a lawn between two lakes at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. We aim for a goal of 50 species of birds, and we often exceed that goal. It's a pleasant way to pass the morning, and most years we're entertained by multiple swallow species passing by low and close. Cormorants and herons will be nesting, quite visibly. We sight a lot of species from our lawn but sometimes we cheat and begin walking around the lakes, raising the count even higher.

Take the 60 freeway to Santa Anita Avenue, a little west of the 605. Go south on Santa Anita less than a quarter mile to a parking lot on the right. After parking, walk southwest about 200 yards, past Restroom 7, and on another 80 yards to the Lawn Between the Lakes. Look for birders ­ we dress funny. Lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks are useful.

Mark Hunter




Tejon Ranch


Sunday, April 29, 2018

8:30am-3:30pm

At 422 contiguous square miles, or 240,000 acres, Tejon Ranch is the largest piece of privately held property in California. Tejon Ranch is a hotspot of biological diversity and lies at the confluence of four major biogeographic regions and birds and wildlife abound.

Trip requirements: a) PAS member b) sign up with gillilandsusan@gmail.com c) pay Tejon Ranch $20 fee d) details and directions will be provided to registered
participants.

Frank and Susan Gilliland







Hahamonga Monthly Walk

Saturday, May 5, 2018

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, May 5, 2018

6:30 am - early afternoon


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 scheel@tapir.caltech.edu if you would like to attend. We will be meeting in the northern Antelope Valley. Meeting place to be arranged.

Leader: Mark and Janet Scheel






County Arboretum

Saturday, May 12, 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







Chilao Visitor Center


Sunday May 13, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Chilao Visitor Center walks will continue each month, weather and road conditions permitting. If things look rainy, snowy or brush fire­y, check the website first.

Chilao, 26.5 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 15, 2018

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Park 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







C'est Chouette: Owls in the San Gabriel Mountains


Sunday May 19, 2018

6:00 pm to 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, Western Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Spotted Owl, and Common Poorwill.

Limited to ten people. Each group limited to no more than three people. Please email the leader at lbenner@charter.net to reserve a spot.

Lance Benner







Eaton Canyon Monthly Walk

Sunday, May 20, 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









Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, May 27, 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.







Throop Peak


Sunday June 2, 2018

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 Golden Eagle, Williamson's Sapsucker, Red­breasted Sapsucker, White­headed Woodpecker, Dusky Flycatcher, Clark's Nutcracker, Townsend's Solitaire, Red Crossbill, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, 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, a coat, and an Adventure Pass. 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 about 90 minutes to drive up from Pasadena.

If the Angeles Crest Highway isn't open to Dawson Saddle, then we will post an update on the PAS list­serve and will hike from Islip Saddle to Little Jimmy Spring instead.

Lance Benner








County Arboretum

Saturday, June 9, 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







Chilao Visitor Center


Sunday June 10, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Chilao Visitor Center walks will continue each month, weather and road conditions permitting. If things look rainy, snowy or brush fire­y, check the website first.

Chilao, 26.5 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 17, 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

Descanso Gardens

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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




Southern Sierra Nevada


Sunday June 23-24, 2018

Join us as we explore the southern Sierra Nevada at the Audubon Kern River Preserve, the Greenhorn Mountains, Trail of 100 Giants, Sherman Pass, and the Kern Plateau. Possible birds: yellow­billed cuckoo, summer tanager, brown­crested flycatcher, pileated woodpecker, Pacific wren, hermit warbler, sooty grouse, northern goshawk, black­backed woodpecker, hermit thrush, mountain bluebird, Pacific and "interior west" white­breasted nuthatches, red crossbills, owls, and more.

Limited to ten participants. Please contact the trip leader at lbenner@charter.net to reserve a spot and to obtain information on lodging and other logistics.

Lance Benner and Kathi Ellsworth







Huntington Library Birdwalks

(PAS Members only)

Sunday, June 24, 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.