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Hey, That Gull isn’t in my Book! with Larry Allen – Evening Meeting Reminder: Tuesday, 5 November, 7:30 p.m.

November 1, 2019

First-cycle “Nelson’s” Gull (Glaucous Gull X Herring Gull hybrid)
Malibu Lagoon, 16 Dec. 2018. Image © Larry W. Allen

We’re all aware that plumages of larger gulls change radically as they age, but there are other sources of confusion among members of this taxon as well, ranging from hybridization to uncommon molt patterns to the looks of less-familiar species. After a brief review of gull molt sequences we will examine ID points for some of the unusual-looking gulls that you might find on a Christmas Bird Count or in the large overwintering gull flocks. We won’t neglect some of the confusing tern species that might be found at this time of year, also.

Larry Allen has been presenting gull workshops and gull lectures to local Audubon Chapters and bird festivals since the 1990s. You may also know him as the senior author of the Los Angeles County Breeding Bird Atlas.

In addition to the Atlas, Larry’s ornithological efforts include lecturing, writing articles, conducting  workshops, leading field trips, and conducting bird surveys for several Audubon chapters and a variety of other non-profit organizations. He was compiler of the Malibu Christmas Bird Count for over 20 years and conducted annual Breeding Bird Surveys for over 15 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 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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  1. Ken Chotiner permalink
    November 7, 2019 3:39 am

    Can you take this email address off and use only,Ken


    • Chukar permalink*
      November 7, 2019 1:10 pm

      Getting email at an address where you don’t want it? Look on the email for the Unsubscribe link, click it, and unsubscribe yourself.


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