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Help Monitor Least Terns at Venice Beach!

April 30, 2012

The California Least Tern is listed as endangered by both Federal and California state authorities, and Los Angeles Audubon Society is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor them  at Venice Beach.

Least Tern chick

In Los Angeles County, this species returns to only two breeding colonies, one at Venice Beach and one at the Port of Los Angeles.   Los Angeles Audubon works with project biologists and the California Department of Fish & Game studying the tern colony in Venice by coordinating a community-based science monitoring program during the nesting season.   Volunteers receive training and then help monitor the colony for one hour each week from mid-April to mid-August.   This is a great opportunity for families looking for a way to learn about nature together, for students looking to gain some field experience in environmental science, or anyone who’d like to know more about urban wildlife.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then we’d love to meet you at one of the following training sessions:

Wednesday, May 2nd, 630pm to 730pm, or
Sunday, May 6th, 9am to 10am, or
Wednesday, May 9th, 630pm to 730pm

Training Location:  Training sessions will take place at the Least Tern Colony enclosure on Venice Beach.   The enclosure is located at the very southern end of Venice Beach near the Ballona Channel.   There is metered parking along the channel where Pacific Ave turns into Via Marina, and there’s a public pay lot at the intersection of Via Marina and Captain’s Row.   There’s technically free parking along Pacific Ave, but the spots get taken up fast.

Binoculars are essential to monitoring, so please bring them with you if you own them (if you don’t own any, we can lend you a pair for the season).   If this date doesn’t work for you but you’re still interested in helping, please let me know and I’ll see if we can arrange an alternative training session.

Questions?:   Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 323-481-4037 or tern [AT]
From: Stacy Vigallon

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