The Colorado Lagoon is a great birding spot in Long Beach. The last Sunday of every month a group called the Friends of Colorado Lagoon (FOCL) hosts a bird/nature walk designed to both celebrate nature and build community interest. They have many restoration activities planned for this spring. You can check our events calendar for a schedule of their bird walks, or better yet, go to http://www.coloradolagoon.org for a full schedule of upcoming volunteer opportunities.
For the past year, the El Dorado Audubon Society has been conducting a monthly bird survey at the Rancho Los Cerritos historic site. The Rancho’s 85-year old Toyons attract berry-feeders including Cedar Waxwings, Hermit Thrush, Northern Flicker, American Robin, with a nice showing of Purple Finch this past year. The old California Sycamores are popular with neighborhood hawks (including the Red-shouldered pair who successfully mated last year during the survey!) The native landscaping has been attracting hummingbirds, towhees, mourning doves, and sparrows. Surveys are the second Friday of each month, at 8 am. They take 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the activity. If you are interested in participating contact Carolyn Vance at 562-594-7589. Spring is just around the corner, and migrating warblers, flycatchers, and orioles are expected. Join us on the monthly survey or visit during public hours, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 pm to 5 pm to discover this Long Beach treasure.
Information provided by rancho volunteer and birder extraordinaire Merryl Edelstein.
Special thanks to Roger Kneeland of the California Bluebird Recovery Program for building a special order bluebird box for our school. He even painted it our school colors (green & white). We’ve been seeing bluebirds hanging around our field, but so far they haven’t discovered the box.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary 4th graders Giovanni and Sunshine recently won a classroom raffle and thereby earned the opportunity to help me put up 8 bluebird boxes in El Dorado Park. Gio was helped by his brothers Michael and Israel and also his grandma. Sunshine was accompanied by her sister Summer and mom.
Get ready for bluebird nesting season! If you think you might be interested in volunteering to help our chapter monitor its boxes, please contact Candy Jennings at 562-493-4936 for more information.
El Dorado Audubon Society
The mission of the El Dorado Audubon Society is the conservation of native birds and their habitats. The society provides leadership in conservation and educates its members and the community, so that they may appreciate birds and participate in the society’s conservation efforts.