118th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Please join the El Dorado Audubon Society for this year’s Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, from 7:30am to 4pm. For those of you who wish to participate but do not yet have an assignment, please meet me (Cindy Dunbar) and Carolyn Vance at the El Dorado Branch Library, Spring and Studebaker, Long Beach, at 7:30am on December 16th. After the count or at approximately 4:30pm, we will meet at Glory Days Beachside Restaurant, 620 Pacific Coast Hwy, Seal Beach for dinner and a recap of the day’s event. We’re looking forward to another great year! — Cindy Dunbar

For more details please see http://eldoradoaudubon.org/event/christmas-bird-count/

Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Rare sightings of a pair of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons started in April and have been found in El Dorado Park and the Nature Center.  Cindy Crawford took this photo at the creek on Snake Road.  They’re typically found in the southeast of the US, parts of Mexico, Central America, and coastal regions of South America.

The following is from AllAboutBirds.org: While not as slender as a typical heron, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron’s smooth purple-gray colors, sharp black-and-white face, and long yellow plumes lend it a touch of elegance. They forage at all hours of the day and night, stalking crustaceans in shallow wetlands and wet fields. Their diet leans heavily on crabs and crayfish, which they catch with a lunge and shake apart, or swallow whole. They’re most common in coastal marshes, barrier islands, and mangroves, but their range extends inland as far as the Midwest.

Save Los Cerritos Wetlands & Steam Shovel Slough, by Janice Dahl

El Dorado Audubon's CEQA attorney speaks before LCWA Board

El Dorado Audubon’s CEQA attorney, Doug Carstens, speaks before LCWA Board

El Dorado Audubon the only environmental group to defend Steam Shovel Slough, the last pristine historical remnant of Los Cerritos Wetlands that was the estuary of the San Gabriel River, before the river was imprisoned in concrete.  To read more go to www.lbreport.com/news/aug16/lcwa1.htm  by Bill Pearl.