Mark your calendar for May 2 and help Los Angeles celebrate the very first Bird Day LA. It might sound silly, but it really makes sense and why didn’t they think of having a Bird Day a long time ago?
Los Angeles has always been a great place to bird watch, with many spots to view birds through out LA County. I, myself grew to love bird watching after moving to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. My house is on a hill with tree top views. The birds that pop up in the trees everyday is remarkable. I sit and drink coffee every morning and wait to see what bird will visit me. One afternoon, my daughter and I were sitting on our deck and 2 owls showed up. It was an amazing sight.
Bird Day in Los Angeles on May 2 will be a wonderful event. With weather being beyond gorgeous and the many magnificent parks in Southern California, the organization, Los Angeles Audobon and it’s local chapters, has set up some terrific events.
Here are some parks and museums holding events all around Los Angeles. If you can’t make it to any of these events, then just go outside and spend a few minutes enjoying the birds in your area. There are always birds flying or sitting in a tree. You just have to stop for a minute and look for them.
Audobon Center at Debs Park
Art work shops will be held from 10am-11:30am, which will include bird sketching. Be sure to bring a sketchbook an pencil. There will be a Hummingbirds–native plan gardening workshop, as well. The Center’s Arroyo Green Team will be there to show visitors how grow native plants in a container. They’ll give demonstrations on Audobon’s Hummingbirds @ Home app. You’ll learn to identify Hummingbirds and record your sightings. That’s sounds so cool to me!! 4700 North Griffin Ave, LA 90031
Los Angeles River
Pack a lunch and picnic along the Los Angeles River. The group will meet from 4pm to sunset at the end of Riverdale Ave in the Valley/Glendale Narros. Nearby streets being Riverdale and Crystal St. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars. Bring your bike, as well. This is also one of my favorite biking areas. I wrote about this bike route in my Biking thru Los Angeles section. There are lots of great birds here. Last time, we saw majestic egrets.
My favorite park! Of course, they’re celebrating Bird Day! Friends of Griffith Park will be hosting a bird walk from 9am-11am in Fern Dell. The walk will be held by a National Park Service Ranger. Meet behid Trails Cafe on Fern Dell Drive. The trail is a quarter mile north of Los Feliz Blvd. There’ll be a Friends of Griffith Park banner. You’ll need to RSVP to Friends of Griffith Park.
Sycamore Canyon in Whittier
From 8:30-10:30am. A Preserve Naturalist will lead a two mile loop hike to find migrant birds returning to the Puente Hills. The easy hike will involve lots of stops to view birds, as well as hearing them make their calls. The will group will identify the birds and learn their songs. Bring binoculars. All levels of bird watching are welcome. But, leave your dog at home. They’ll scare the birds away! 5040 Workman Mill Road, Whittier
Bird walk from 9am to noon. Hosted by Los Angeles Audobon Society. Closest street address is 303 Culver Blvd, Playa de Rey, 90293
Ballona Discovery Park
Located in Playa Vista, from 10am-1pm, the bird walk will be hosted by Friends of the Ballona Wetlands. Located at 13110 Bluff Creek Drive, next to Playa Vista Elementary School.
Bird walk at 2pm, held by Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resillience. Beginners to advance are all welcome. Mother’s Beach is located off of Palaway Way.
From 9-10am, a bird walk held by Los Angeles Audobon Society. Beginning bird watchers are welcome. Birds will be talked about in both english and spanish. Meet at northwest corer of 7th and Alvarado, 9am sharp. 2230 W. 6th Street, LA 90057
Museum of Natural History
From 10am-5pm. The day will be devoted to birds. Several different events will be held, free of charge, including Bird walks at 10 and 11am. There’ll be nature walks and gallery tours, as well. 900 Exposition Blvd. LA, 90007
Two events will be held at Occidental College. One will be a tour at the college’s Moore Lab of Zoology, from noon to1:30pm. 5$ charge for this tour. Second event is a Bird Walk at 10am on the campus. Meet at the fountain near the main entrance of Occidental College. 1600 Campus Road, LA, 90041
Hahamonga Watershed Park
Hosted by Pasadena Audobon, from 7:30-11:30am. Bird walk for all evels, good for the whole family. You’ll find a good variety of birds always, at this bird walk. Bring binoculars, but not the dogs. 101 Foothill Blvd. La Canada, 91011. First left after entering Hahmonga, park by ball field.
Birds & Beer in Downtown LA
Hello, I’m all over this one! National Parks Service bird experts will be at 3 hip and happening spots in downtown LA. At The Ace Hotel Rooftop Bar, Angel City Brewing Co., and the Perch Rooftop Bar, from 3-7pm. There’ll be binoculars and telescopes available, as well all the bird facts, you’ll want to learn about, while enjoying a drink and a beautiful sunset! Fun! Ace Hotel – 929 Broadway, LA 90015, Angel City Brewing – 216 Alameda St, LA 90012, Perch Rooftop – 448 S. Hill St, LA 90013
I will be attending a few of the events and will share my experience on this first annual LA Bird Day. There are more events going on, please go to birdla.org for more information. Go out and check out all the birds!