Meetings

Monthly chapter meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at Eaton Canyon Nature Center (1750 N. Altadena Drive in Pasadena). Refreshments and socializing begin at 7:00 pm and programs are presented from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Programs for youth begin at 6:45pm. NOTE: Because of covid-19, all meetings are virtual until further notice.

Upcoming Programs


The Birder Brain

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Alvaro Jaramillo

Most bird identification lectures focus on field marks and the specifics of separating species. But few ask exactly how we identify birds? What is our thought process? Truth is that bird identification is complicated. The trick is to train yourself to do it like a professional, and that is the aim of this presentation. Join us for a lighthearted but informative explanation of how the birder brain learns birds.
Alvaro Jaramillo is an internationally known ornithologist. An expert on the birds of North America, he wrote the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California and New World Blackbirds. He is also an authority on the birds of Chile, authoring Birds of Chile, collaborating on Chile's Important Bird Areas program, and helping to identify a new bird species there: Oceanites pincoyae (Pincoya Storm­Petrel). He leads birding trips throughout the world with his company, Alvaro's Adventures.

(This meeting is online via Zoom. click here to register).

 
 

Invertebral Limit: Insect Life of Southern California

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Robb Hamilton

If you've ever wondered about the myriad arthropods that make up the foundation of our local ecosystems or noticed the great variety of little critters that come out when the temperatures rise and the birds get quiet, this is the show for you. The intricate beauty and diversity of the invertebrate world around us is guaranteed to leave your head buzzing! The program will feature some of Robb's incredible photographs.
A member of the El Dorado Audubon Society in Long Beach, Mr. Hamilton is lead author of two standard references describing aspects of birdlife in California: The Birds of Orange County: Status & Distribution and Rare Birds of California. He has been providing biological consulting services in southern California since 1988. His company, Hamilton Biological, Inc., specializes in the pratical application of environmental regulations to land management decisions in the region.

(This meeting is online via Zoom. click here to register).

 
 
 

Past Programs


Mickey and Jon's Bird ID Quiz

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Mickey Long and Jon Fisher

As is traditional, we will kick off our fall season of meetings with Mickey Long and Jon Fisher hosting an evening of photographic mystery bird identification challenges. Thanks to the power of Zoom, this year we will be throwing open the challenge of identifying these birds to an even wider audience of our membership. Our hosts will also be chiming in with expert tips and tricks for IDing the mystery species involved. We will get into the swing of fall migration by helping sharpen your ID skills and have some laughs along the way. Come join in the fun!

The Journey of Birds Across Space and Time

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm via Zoom
Dr Morgan Tingley

The Carolina Parakeet, the Heath Hen, the Passenger Pigeon - when we contemplate how our country’s
bird life has changed, we often focus on the handful of species we have lost entirely. But while we have
yet to lose a single bird species to our rapidly changing climate, the birds around us have been adapting
and changing in a multitude of ways. Join Dr. Tingley on a journey across our nation and through the last
century, walking in the footsteps of past zoologists to compare their world to the one we see today, to
learn how climate change has already dramatically changed the lives of birds.

Birding Brazil Virtually

Saturday, July 25th
11:30am

Mentioned by Luke in his Wednesday talk SAVE Brazil and Avistar (The Audubon equivalent there) are running a live Zoom/Youtube feederwatch from feeders across Brazil. It’ll probably be in Brazilian mainly, but they do give many of the bird names in English too and show pictures and range maps of species so you can work out what you are looking at.
(Missed the event? Watch it here).

Virtual July Meeting

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
7:00pm

As we can't run organized trips at this moment in time, Luke Tiller (our new Field Trip Chair) has written a short article with some suggestions on what to look out for and where to go at this time of year. We hope it might inspire you to some birding adventures.

Saturday, July 25th at 11:30am Pacific Time. Mentioned by Luke in his Wednesday talk SAVE Brazil and Avistar (The Audubon equivalent there) are running a live Zoom/Youtube feederwatch from feeders across Brazil. It’ll probably be in Brazilian mainly, but they do give many of the bird names in English too and show pictures and range maps of species so you can work out what you are looking at.
(Missed the event? Watch it here).

Virtual June Meeting

Saturday, June 13, 2020
6:00pm

We’ll share some chapter news and then enjoy the traditional Members’ Slideshow with bird photos from California backyards to the four corners of the globe. We look forward to seeing you!

Please register here to receive the zoom invitation.

All members are welcome to share their bird photos and videos in the Members’ Slideshow.

Instructions for participating in the Members’ Slideshow:

  1. You will have 5 minutes to show your bird photos and videos. This is 10 to 20 photos at most.
  2. Email Lois Brunet at lbrunet@pasadenaaudubon.org to get on the list of presenters.
  3. Photos will be uploaded here.
  4. Rename one of the empty folders with your name. To do this, open it by double-clicking it, then use the dropdown next to the folder name, then choose Rename.
  5. Upload your photos using drag and drop, or using the “+New” button on the upper left
  6. Number your photo files, if you want them to be shown in a particular order.
  7. Be ready to present when you are called on during the meeting.

Questions? Email Lois Brunet at lbrunet@pasadenaaudubon.org