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President’s Annual Appeal for 2018

November 8, 2018
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Photo: Grace Murayama 7-23-17

It is again that time of year when we ask our fellow members and friends for their support. Remember, this is our only fund raising effort. Your help allows our all-volunteer group to accomplish much each year. Your donations are used to further our mission “to be a center for wildlife education, habitat protection, and conservation issues that involve birds.”

These efforts are of increasing importance in view of the decreasing support for environmental issues coming from the Federal Administration

You can DONATE four different ways:

  • With the self-addressed envelope enclosed with the annual appeal letter (sent to those already on our membership rolls)
  • Send a check to our mailing address: SMBAS, PO Box 35, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
  • With PayPal using the PayPal Widget located on the right side bar of the blog
  • With a Credit Card using the same PayPal Widget located on the right side bar of the blog.  You do not have to join PayPal to donate, just have your credit card “standing by.”

Please take a moment and make a donation today.

We continue our strong backing of all things bird, habitat, native plants, the environment and conservation through education, field trips, bird monitoring, speakers and grants to students and conservation groups.

Please take a minute to read the annual appeal letter below and see what we have been doing this year.

Thank you,

Adrian Douglas
President


Now is the time of year – and the only time of year – when we ask our fellow members and followers for their annual support.  Remember, this is our only fund raising effort by our all-volunteer group.  Your donation is needed now more than ever to continue the strong SMBAS support of all things bird, habitat, native plants, natural environment, and conservation.

SMBAS makes particular effort to focus on:

Education

  • We continue our support of the Student Conservation Association which provides hands-on conservation service and training in the Santa Monica Mountains and/or Butterbredt Spring area, the site of our annual Christmas Count.
  • For the Audubon Education Program at Ballona Wetlands, this year we funded ten bus scholarships to help elementary school students visit Ballona Wetlands for field trips that – for many – is their first glimpse of a natural area.
  • In memory of our Education and Conservation Chair, Laurel Hoctor Jones, we sent a young birder to Camp Avocet in Delaware, sponsored by the American Birding Association.
  • In February, we will again offer the very popular field class designed to improve birding skills of beginning and intermediate birders, and to learn to identify and observe the birds of the Los Angeles region.

Public Outreach

  • Our evening speaker programs are diverse and insightful. They are held the first Tuesday of October through May, except January. We meet in Santa Monica; locations vary, so keep in touch via the BLOG or http://www.facebook.com/SantaMonicaAudubon/ or Twitter at http://twitter.com/SMBAudubon.
  • Our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks (fourth Sunday, 8:30 a.m.) and our special family walks (same day) at 10 a.m. continue to be popular and productive. We also offer a different field trip on the second Saturday of the month. A complete field trip calendar is enclosed. Please verify times and locations before you venture out to join us, contact information is    By signing up to receive email notifications via our BLOG, http://www.smbasblog.com, you will always be on top of upcoming trips and meetings. These trips are rich in opportunities and information for the beginning birder as well as the experienced.
  • We are looking for new board members. It involves only a couple of hours a month.

Bird Monitoring

  • 2018 again saw breeding Snowy Plovers (a Threatened species) at Malibu Lagoon for the second time in 70 years. We continue to monitor this exciting event.  Our support for this effort (and for the Endangered Least Terns) into subsequent years is imperative in collaboration with State, Federal, and local agencies.  We continue our monthly Snowy Plover counts at Malibu Lagoon, Santa Monica Beach, and Zuma Beach.  Check out our Snowy Plover page and slideshow on the blog.
  • To support the Snowy Plovers, we help fund the cost of fencing at Santa Monica beach and a plover/tern volunteer coordinator for Los Angeles County. We also send a representative to the Rangewide Snowy Plover Conference.

Habitat Conservation and Research

  • We offer small, but essential, research grants to Santa Monica College, UCLA and Loyola Marymount students. Follow the occasional blogs about local PhD students at Loyola Marymount and UCLA and their projects and impacts on the bay and birds.
  • We also support Friends of Big Morongo, Endangered Habitats League, American Bird Conservancy, and Birder’s Exchange.

This is your chapter and we hope you will join us in many of these activities.  We welcome your input to this diverse program of events.  If you wish to receive or continue to receive our bi-monthly, single sheet paper news update/calendar, please indicate on the enclosed remittance envelope.  (You need not donate to receive the print version.). Please remember all contributions are fully tax deductible and will be used exclusively in direct support of our programs.  We hope you will consider the solid positive impact of our group and make a contribution.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Your critical support matters to the environment and to the birds.

Adrian Douglas
President

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Birding Warblers | Cornell Lab of Ornithology

November 7, 2018
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To help celebrate the annual arrival of spring migrants, Jessie Barry and Chris Wood from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology share their warbler-watching tips. Join Chris and Jessie as they explore a wood-lot in Rochester, New York. Click here to see the map and a full list of everything they saw.

A film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you. The Lab is a member-supported organization; they welcome your membership and support.  [Chuck Almdale]

Watch These Cunning Snails Stab and Swallow Fish Whole | Deep Look Video

November 4, 2018
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Cone Snails have an arsenal of tools and weapons under their pretty shells. These reef-dwelling hunters nab their prey in microseconds, then slowly eat them alive.

This is another installment of the PBS Deep Look series; this installment is adapted from the “It’s OK to be Smart” series. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.   [Chuck Almdale]

A new species? The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise | Cornell / National Geographic

October 30, 2018

Sometimes a new species is hiding in plain sight…meet the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise. Learn more about how the distinct song, dance and courtship appearance of the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise confirms its new species status in our scientific paper: https://peerj.com/articles/4621

There are currently seventy-two short films in the entire Birds-of-Paradise Project playlist, ranging from 26 seconds to 8:29. In the upcoming weeks, we will present some of our favorites.

A film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips: Sunday, 28 October, 8:30 & 10am.

October 25, 2018

Brown & American White Pelicans, plus assorted companions
(R. Juncosa 10-22-17)

As the summer sunbathers leave, lagoon and beach fill with migrants and wintering birds arriving from the north. It may be sunny, it may be cool, it probably won’t rain. Whether you’re experienced or new to our coastal birds, this would be a great day to introduce yourself to them.

Some of the great birds we’ve had in October are:
Snow Goose; Bufflehead; Common Loon; Horned, Eared & Western Grebes; Brandt’s & Pelagic Cormorants; Osprey; Cooper’s Hawk; Merlin; Peregrine Falcon; Sora; Snowy Plover; Black Oystercatcher; Ruddy & Black Turnstones; Pectoral Sandpiper; Dunlin; Mew Gull; Forster’s & Common Terns; Black-hooded Parakeet; Tree & Violet-Green Swallows; Marsh Wren; Black-throated Gray and Townsend’s Warblers; Western Meadowlark.

Clark’s Grebe with his bright orange bill (J. Waterman 10-22-17)

Adult Walk 8:30 a.m. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours.  Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter.  We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area (see photo below) next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon.  We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean.  When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House.  We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers.  So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too.  Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

Children and Parents Walk 10:00 a.m.   One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area between parking lot and channel.  We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning.  Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach!  We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents.  We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, you must call Jean (310-472-7209) to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

Nanday Parakeet, down from the local canyons (Randy Ehler 10-23-16)

Map to Meeting Place
Directions: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, west of Malibu Pier and the bridge.  Look around for people wearing binoculars.
Parking: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center.  Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Prior checklists:
2017: Jan-June, July-Dec 2018: Jan-June,
2016: Jan-June, July-Dec 2015: Jan-May, July-Dec
2014: Jan-July, July-Dec 2013: Jan-June, July-Dec
2012: Jan-June, July -Dec 2011: Jan-June, July-Dec
2010: Jan-June, July-Dec 2009: Jan-June, July-Dec.
[Chuck Almdale]

 

 

 

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