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Reminder! Santa Monica Mountains Program Feb 7th

January 17, 2017
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photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

photo © James Kenney 2017

 

On February 7th Santa Monica Bay Audubon hosts Dr. James Kenney in a presentation on the birds and flowers of the Santa Monica Backbone Trail. One of the area’s top naturalists and a fine photographer is ours for the evening.

Those old enough to remember the previous century will recall that Jim was the highly-skilled photographer who made nearly 500 species shots for Milt McAuley’s handbook WILDFLOWERS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS. He hiked hundreds of miles in the mountains and witnessed the long process of the piecemeal assemblage of the Backbone Trail that stretches from Point Mugu to the Will Rogers ranch in Pacific Palisades.

Since then, he has published three books of his photos and contributed hundreds of his bird photos to our SMBAS blog.

Jim, a Palisades resident, is a retired dentist who practiced in Santa Monica for over 30 years.

 Our meetings are at Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. Previously known as Lincoln Park. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north  and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Link to Google Map
Meeting Room:
 Mid-park in Joslyn Hall, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  Its glass wall faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St.  If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward. Please leave your coyote at home, however much they whine to come.

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire and California Ave, 7th and Lincoln, on the sides closest to the park, is metered. Meter enforcement ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting!  However, the local natives are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, go south of Wilshire, not north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. is also by permit parking only. We found plenty of spaces on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Most of those seem to be “until 6PM” meters also. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.

[Lu Plauzoles]

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