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California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
Sandy DeSimone, the director of research and education at the Audubon Starr Ranch in Orange County, sent us these two contrasting photos of hillside fauna on the property. In the top photo, you see nonnative yellow mustard seven feet tall and driving away native birds and insects. Just a little further up the hill in the bottom photo is a mature coastal sage scrub restoration site, where she heard Lazuli Buntings singing. As her research has shown, native rodents and rabbits keep the site weed free by consuming weeds and their seeds. The animals come in after the shrubs have enough cover and height to provide them with shelter for predator avoidance, foraging, and breeding.
A young bobcat recently paid a quick visit to the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Orange County.
Bird LA Day at the Audubon Center at Debs Park draws hundreds. Visitors from all over Northeast Los Angeles flocked to the Audubon Center at Debs Park recently for Bird LA Day. The event at the Audubon Center was one of dozens throughout the larger Los Angeles area highligting bids and birding. It was great to see our local community come out to the Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Bird LA Day festivities for a day full of fun, arts, music, and birding for everyone. For a more complete overview of the day at Debs Park, check out this great post by our team.
How do you measure up? Fabiola Torres, the community engagement coordinator at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, recently painted a wondefful mural at the center that allows visitors to compare their wingspans with those of variety of birds. Torres is pulling together plans for additional murals at the center in the coming months.
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