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California Birds Annotated in Haiku, with Kimball Garrett – Evening Meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

April 20, 2018

A lifelong member of the Los Angeles birding community and known to birders everywhere, Kimball Garrett (almost) needs no introduction. Nevertheless, he offers this program description:

Combine a self-professed competent birder and a lousy poet and you get May’s quirky take on birds and birding in California. You’ll hear selections from Kimball’s work on California’s birds, accompanied by his observations on bird and birder behavior that inspired his haiku. Kimball will illustrate his wry poetry with a selection of photographs of birds of California.

Kimball L. Garrett has been the Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County since 1982. He oversees the care, use, and growth of these important collections which currently number over 120,000 specimens. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 and did graduate work at UCLA before coming to the Natural History Museum. Garrett has authored or co-authored over 75 publications on birds, including the standard local reference entitled Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution (published in 1981, co-authored with Jon Dunn) as well as the popular guide Birds of Southern California (R. W. Morse Co., 2012). He also collaborated with Jon Dunn to produce the Peterson Field Guide to Warblers of North America, published in 1997. Garrett is a past president of the Western Field Ornithologists (1995 to 1999) and is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and currently resides in Tujunga.

Bird song from the bush
Shhh! Canyon Wren? Sage Sparrow?
No, just Kimball, whistling

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 Blvd. and California Ave, 7th St. and Lincoln Blvd., on the sides closest to the park, is metered. $2/hour meter enforcement (except on Wilshire) 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, we found free parking as follows:
California Ave. between 6th and 7th
9th St. north of Wilshire Blvd.
10th St. north of California Ave.
Washington Ave. (next street north of and parallel to California)

If that fails, 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. across from the park is by permit parking only. Spaces are more available on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Some of those are “until 9PM” meters also. You may need a flashlight to read & operate the meter. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.   [Chuck Almdale]

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