Now available! "Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area"

Chosen as one of the best bird books of the year
by the American Birding Association!

The Pasadena Audubon Society is pleased to announce the publication of the all new Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area. This beautifully illustrated, extensively researched book has in-depth profiles of 30 of the top birding spots in the Pasadena region.

Photo of the Birding Guide Photo of the Spanish language version of the Birding Guide

With a wide range of habitats and more than 300 species of birds, the Pasadena region has long been known as a premiere birder's destination. Now, with the Guide, birdwatchers of all skills -- from beginner to expert -- can discover all the birding delights the region has to offer.
The write-up for each of the 30 profiled sites includes everything a birdwatcher needs -- a map of the site, directions on how to get there, what paths and trails to take once you arrive, and what birds to look for every season of the year. The Guide also includes comprehensive accessibility information for each site.
Introductory sections on the geography and climate of the region, as well as the special role fire plays in shaping the ecology of the area, will deepen the reader's knowledge and appreciation of the Pasadena area. And with stunning watercolor illustrations of area birds by world-renowned bird artist Catherine Hamilton, the new Guide is as beautiful as it is useful.
The Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area is being published in both English and Spanish by the Pasadena Audubon Society (PAS). PAS will donate 20% of the copies to schools, libraries, nature centers, etc., and sell the remainder through retail outlets and online. The proceeds of the sales will fund PAS educational programs such as the Bird Science Program, Pasadena Audubon Grants program and the Schoolyard Habitat Garden program. The 182-page book retails for $25.

Get your copy online from Buteo Books, or at the following local bookstores, native plant nurseries, and gardens:

Get the Guide in both English and Spanish from Buteo Books, North America's largest online source for books about birds and birding.

Get the Guide at these Pasadena area retailers
The Gamble House (both English & Spanish available)
Theodore Payne
CA Botanic Garden
Plant Material (both English & Spanish available)
Hahamongna Nursery (both English & Spanish available)
The Huntington Library and Gardens gift shop (both English & Spanish available)
Descanso Gardens (both English & Spanish available)
Eaton Canyon Nature Center (both English & Spanish available)
Whittier Narrows Nature Center

sample pages from the forthcoming Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area

Publishers note: We have updated our Land Acknowledgement from the Second Edition, First printing as follows...

The Pasadena Audubon Society acknowledges that all of the sites listed in this birding guide are on lands, or Tovaangar, of the Traditional Caretakers, including Tongva-Gabrielino, Kizh, Tataviam, and Serrano, as well as their neighbors, the Chumash and Kitanemuk. Indigenous People stewarded these lands for countless generations, and we honor the cultural wisdom and practices that they used to live in harmony with California’s natural ecosystems.

In the words of Julia Bogany, Tongva:
“Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.” — October 2020

Therefore, we honor the wisdom of indigenous Honuukvetam (Ancestors), Ahiihirom (Elders), and Eyoohiinkem (relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging. We mourn the extensive harm done by European and American colonization, and we are grateful that the Tongva, Kizh, Tataviam, Serrano, Chumash, and Kitanemuk are still here as thriving members of our community.

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