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The importance of the LA urban forest to resident and migratory birds, with Dr. Eric Wood – Evening Meeting Reminder: Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

November 9, 2018

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Eric Wood 5-3-11)

How does the Los Angeles urban forest affect our resident and migrant birds? How do they use it? Do they use native and exotic trees differently? Do the trees lining our public street actually benefit our birds? These are just a few of the topics Dr. Wood will address. What patterns of tree cover and diversity occur in our urban forest, especially in our public street trees? What are the patterns of public street tree preferences by birds, especially when it comes to the question of the benefits of native vs. exotic trees? How do our socioeconomic differences shape our urban forest and its bird communities? All this and more.

Dr. Wood, in the field

Dr. Eric Wood is an Assistant Professor of Ecology in the Biological Sciences Department at California State University Los Angeles. His lab research centers on terrestrial ecosystems and avian communities. They use field and citizen science data, spatial analyses, and quantitative approaches to explore questions that focus on avian ecology, urban ecosystems, and conservation. Go here to find out what the Wood Lab of Avian Ecology and Conservation is up to.

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 coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Date Change: We’re meeting on the 2ND TUESDAY this month only to avoid the voting rush a week earlier.

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 coyotes at home, however much they whine to come.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Eric Wood 4-30-11)

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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