Saturday, June 8, 2019
Come celebrate another very successful year of our chapter reaching out to the community, defending our local habitat, and supporting outstanding birders. The dinner features delicious catered food from Stonefire Grill, complimentary beer and wine, beverages, great conversation, a book sale, raffle prizes and a chance to meet the slate of officers who will govern the chapter in the next fiscal year. Bring your bird photos on a USB drive (limit: 5 minutes’ worth) for viewing by your fellow members.
Go to June Dinner for more information
April 26, 27 or 28, 2019
Birdathon is a fundraiser where teams collect "per bird species" pledges from their friends, family or anyone who wants to sponsor them. Pledges can be as little as 5 cents a species. Of course, the sky's the limit. Then teams go birding on either April 26, 27, or 28 and try to find as many bird species as possible.
Sponsors then make donations to PAS based on the number of species found by the team they sponsored. [The team raising the most funds is honored at the June dinner with a hearty round of applause and a very birdy prize!] On a more serious note, we have timed this event at the end of April for maximum avian diversity: some wintering birds haven't left, some summer residents have arrived, and migrants abound.
Go to Birdathon for more information
Christmas Bird Count 2018
Go to Christmas Bird Count 2018 for a wrap-up
Saturday, December 15, 2018
As things calm down following another busy and productive fall migration period, thoughts inevitably turn to the holidays and-assuming you’re an active birder-to local Christmas Bird Counts. And for most of us, there is none more local than the Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley CBC. Initiated in 1946, this is a long running count with many dedicated local birders who have been instrumental in making the Pasadena count a successful one. This year marks our 72nd anniversary and my 27th year as coordinator and compiler.
The 2018 Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 15. If you’re new to birding or just new to Christmas Bird Counts, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the avifauna of the San Gabriel Valley area and to meet others who share the same interests. You'll also be participating in a very worthwhile citizen science project.
The center of our count is the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Duarte Road. The count area extends seven and one half miles in every direction from that spot to cover the standard fifteen mile diameter count circle. There is a lot of habitat diversity in the count circle and this is a big reason why we regularly record 160 species or more.
As might be expected, some bird populations have remained stable, some have increased and others have declined. Introduced species, range expansion, habitat loss and predation are just a few of the factors behind these changes. If you’re familiar with Eurasian Collared-Doves, Loggerhead Shrikes, Great-tailed Grackles, Scaly-breasted Munias and our many introduced parrots and parakeets you'll already be well aware of some of the population trends.
On count day we record every bird that can be identified by sight or sound within the circle and ultimately we're able document population changes over the years and decades. Our mid-December CBC produces a snapshot of early winter birdlife in the San Gabriel Valley and local foothills and over 280 different species have been recorded over the history of the count.
The traditional pre-count meeting will be held at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center on Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30pm. At the meeting there will be an introduction to the Christmas Bird Count, an overview of the count methods and procedures and checklists, and we’ll distribute checklists and other count materials. Count areas will also be assigned.
If you’re new to the count and want to join other participants on count day, this meeting is a great place to meet them and pick an area to count. Can't make the meeting? Don’t worry, it’s easy to coordinate an area assignment via email.
Also, be sure not to miss the post count dinner and wrap-up following the count. Not only will we have a good dinner after a long day in the field, but you’ll also be among the first to find out what good birds were found. Check the Wrentit for details.
For additional information, contact count coordinator Jon Fisher at JonF60@hotmail.com.