8 Tips for Birding in Los Angeles

Hi Treeps,

We were thrilled this week to host an Instagram Live conversation with Marcos Trinidad, the Director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

ICYMI, here are a few tips Marcos shared on birding in LA, creating suitable habitat for birds at home and some choice parks to visit that have active wildlife.

Enjoy!

At home:

  1. Both native and non-native plants and trees support a variety of bird species. At TreePeople, we prefer native plants and trees, but birds will make use of all.
  2. Deadheading (pruning dead parts of native plants) takes away potential food for birds. Many of these dried parts hold seeds for birds to eat.
  3. Setting up bird feeders near a window is a great way to see bird life up close.
  4. Birds let us know what works in planting our gardens. Notice their behavior for clues and don’t be afraid to experiment.

In the wild:

  1. Don’t feel like you need have binoculars or tons of technical language or knowledge. All you need is your natural connection to the land and curiosity. Some questions to consider: What does it mean for you sit under a tree or listen to birdsong? How does it make you feel or inspire you?
  2. Set out during the early morning when the early birds are out getting their breakfast worms. It’ll be calmer, there will be less people and the birds will be out and about.
  3. Rio de Los Angeles State Park’s wetlands is a hub of activity during early morning and early evening. It’s centrally located and runs alongside the L.A. River.
  4. For some help while out and about, use the Audubon app or Sibley Field Guide to help with your excursion.

Los Angeles-based TreePeople is the region’s largest environmental movement, whose mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment. Visit us at treepeople.org and learn how you can join our cause.

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TreePeople is Los Angeles’ largest environmental nonprofit movement. We inspire, engage and support people to take responsibility for the urban environment.

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