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We’re always looking for bird-oriented articles with a local focus.
Contact Chukar, and we’ll talk about how you can become an official contributor.

We now have the new event list for Aug. 2016 – Sep. 2017 available on the blog as a printable PDF file.  It shows all our chapter programs, field trips and sponsored events.

We’ve updated our California Bird Festivals page. It now shows festivals for Sep. 2016 through Sep. 2017, including probable dates for festivals not yet confirmed. We’ve added links to several national festival websites and one world-wide site.

If you haven’t poked around our blog recently, we have new pages as well as new information on old pages. Much that is on our blog does not get sent out by automatic email. The following features can be reached by clicking on their names, listed in the following order, found in the area just below the blog’s masthead photo and the line “The Official SMBAS Online Newsletter.”

Birding Information Pages: Various PDF files you can print.
Bird ID tips: 11 items covering dowitchers, hummingbirds, flycatchers, etc.
Check Lists: California & L.A. County.
Field Guide Quick Indexes: 3 items including Sibley’s 2014 Ed.
Other: Bird Song Phonetic Mnemonics, Snowy Plover Protection, How to use Binoculars, June Shorebird Arrival Dates, and others.

Bird & Marine Mammal Rescue: The local rescue operations, with websites, phone nos. addresses and email contacts.

The Tongva: Cindy Hardin & Jane Beseda’s popular and frequently visited 3-part article on the local First American tribe now has its own page.

Malibu Lagoon 2012-13 Project:  One main page and three subsidiary pages.
1.  Main page including slide show of the project in progress, plus news updates.
2.  Monthly bird census summaries for periods May 2012 through June 2014.
3.  Links to lagoon project films, interviews and documents.
4.  The story behind the sidewalk-like Winter Ramp / Summer Clock.

Lagoon Photos: Some of the more uncommon birds, and uncommonly nice views of birds we’ve seen at Malibu Lagoon. Submissions always welcome.

Western Snowy Plovers: So far this consists of an extended article about the Snowy Plover colony at Malibu Lagoon (Surfrider Beach), with background on the west coast population of this threatened species. More to come.

Bird Locating: An article about how to help others find the bird you’re looking at. It makes easy what can be a difficult and frustrating endeavor.

Printable Calendar & Lagoon Checklist: The event calendar mentioned above, plus our checklist of the 140 most likely species at Malibu Lagoon.

Los Angeles County Birding Spots: This consists of one main page and six subsidiary pages. These pages contain maps and may take a few seconds to display.
Main Page: Information geared to new and visiting birders; locations for parrots, doves and some other weird species.
Pages 2 – 7. One page each for six county areas: Antelope Valley, Mountains, San Fernando Valley, No. Santa Monica Bay, Central & Eastern LA County, South Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula.

California Bird Festivals: Mentioned above, this lists the bird festivals of which we are aware, with links to their websites.

Grant Application: We give small grants to local Community College and University students for field study projects, but you have to apply for them. The form takes 1-5 minutes to fill out.

Officers: How to get ahold of our fabulously important board members.

Links:  Over 50 links to other websites, listed in the right-hand column, divided up into the following categories:  Audubon, Birds, Environmental Organizations, Government, Malibu Lagoon, Other Blogs, Plants.
[Chuck Almdale]