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Stories:
General Meetings
Black Pheobe
Laguna Hills Audubon Society is ending
Orange County Spring Count

Other items of interest:
Audubon Guide to North American Birds:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird Guide:
Phyllis Connell Photography:
National Audubon Website
Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Cornell Lab Bird Cams

Cavity Conservation Initiative video.

LAGUNA HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY
Our 45th Year

Our mission statement
The mission of the Laguna Hills Audubon Society is to enhance the protection and appreciationof birds, wildlife, and habitat,while promoting a cleaner, healthier environment.
Want to connect with nature in a friendly social setting? Let Laguna Hills Audubon be your link. Established in 1971, Laguna Hills Audubon organizes bird walks, brings in guest speakers, publishes a newsletter, offers trips, and holds special events. This season we will host eight public meetings with refreshments. Each meeting features a guest speaker. In addition, this year we offer bird walks and a season-end picnic.
 

Calendar

Board Meetings
(Open to everyone)

May 2, Tuesday
June 6, Tuesday
10:30 AM,Conference Room,
Clubhouse #3.

General Meetings

MAY 11, Thursday
Business Meeting, 6:30 PM
Program, 7:00 PM
Art Room, Clubhouse 1*
NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION

JUNE 29, Thursday
Farewell Picnic
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Los Olivos Room, Clubhouse 2
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
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Bird Walks

Because of the unseason-able heat the last couple of years, we have cut back on May & June Bird Walks. This year we scheduled only one in May and none in June.

MAY 13, Saturday
Huntington Central Park

(no fee)
(Huntington Beach). North on I-405 to Fountain Valley / Brookhurst exit. Take the Brookhurst North offramp to Slater Ave (first signal), then left 3 miles to Slater Ave parking lot (between Gothard and Golden-west Streets) on left.
Meet at Clubhouse 3 parking lot at 7:50 AM for carpool; we will leave the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. sharp. If you ride with someone please pay the driver $2.00 and share of any park entrance fee. Bring binoculars, field guide, water, sun hat, and personal ID in-cluding medical insurance cards. If you need entry into LWV, please call Ellen Lamb at 949-458-0334 no later than the evening before the walk.


SEA & SAGE AUDUBON OFFERS OTHER ORGANIZED BIRDWALKS IN THE AREA.

May 3, Wednesday, 8 am to 12 noon
Laguna Niguel RP, led by Diane Etchison
Meet at Shelter #3 Parking Lot

May 6, Saturday, 9 to 10:30 am
SJWS Monthly Wildlife Walk
Meet in front of Audubon House at
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

May 13, Saturday, 8 am to noon
SJWS Monthly Bird Walk, led by Chris Obaditch
Meet in front of Audubon House at
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

May 18, Thursday, 8 to 11 am
Bolsa Chica bird walk, led by Vic Leipzig
Meet at Playground, Harriett Weider Park
Seapoint Street, Huntington Beach

May 28, Sunday, 8 to 11 am
Upper Newport Bay bird walk, led by Mark Kincheloe
Meet at Big Canyon parking lot
Back Bay Drive

June 3, Saturday, 9 to 10:30
SJWS Monthly Wildlife Walk
Meet in front of Audubon House at
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

June 11, Saturday, 8 am to noon
SJWS Monthly Bird Walk, led by Chris Obaditch
Meet in front of Audubon House at
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

June 25, Sunday, 8 to 11 am
Upper Newport Bay bird walk, led by Mark Kincheloe
Meet at Big Canyon parking lot
Back Bay Drive

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Meet at Clubhouse 3 parking lot at 7:50 AM. If you ride with someone, please pay the driver $2.00 and share of any park entrance fee. Bring binoculars, field guide, water, sun hat, and personal ID including medical insurance cards.
Carpools leave Clubhouse 3 at 8:00 AM.
If you ride with someone, please pay driver $2.00 and share of entrance fee.
For all walks and field trips,
please note that because the Laguna Hills Audubon Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, it assumes no responsibility for any injuries incurred while participating or attending society sponsored activities and trips, and cannot be held liable for such accidents or injuries.

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*GATE ENTRY.
LHAS meets within the gated community of Laguna Woods Village. All are invited to attend, but you must request gate clearance at least 24 hours prior to meeting. If you are on our mailing list and receive a copy of the Burrowing Owl, you are cleared for entry to our regular programs (Thursday pm). If not, please email LHAS (LW.AUDU@gmail.com) at least 24 hours in advance of any date you wish to attend and ask to added to the list of approved attendees. 

If you are interested in other bird walks in area, see Sea and Sage Audubon (http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org) for their field trip schedule.

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LAGUNA HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY 2015-2016 ELECTED OFFICERS

President: Lynne Jeffries 949-363-0323
Vice President: Judy Rizzo 949-587-0075
Recording Secretary: Edna Reid 768-7288
Treasurer: Margaret Marflitt 462-0810
Directors: Jean Lustig, John Andes, Eva Lydick
Email: Laguna Woods Audubon


APPOINTED COMMITTEES

Bird Walk Leaders: Paul Klahr 837-2177
Ellen Lamb 458-0334
Newsletter Editor: Eva Lydick 354-0787
Webmaster: Bob Hansen, 586-4928
Conservation: Eva Lydick
Historian: Judy Rizzo
Hospitality:  Jean Lustig and Anne Kiehl
Membership: Dave Krieg, 243-5721
Programs: Paul Klahr, Eva Lydick, Judy Rizzo
Publicity: Jean Lustig
Telephone, e-mail: Barbara and Jay Rubin, 380-8811


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Bird photos provided by Phyllis Connell Photography
E-mail: pj@pjclark.net
Website:
http://www.phyllisconnellphotography.com

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Watch our "family"
Right outside our door

 

General Meetings

dtryjThursday, MAY 11, 2017
NEW LOCATION — ART ROOM, CLUBHOUSE 1, LWV
Pete DeSimone, Starr Ranch Manager
Life Histories of the Raptors of Southern California and Beyond
We end our 2016-2017 year of programs with another presentation by Pete De-Simone of Starr Ranch. Pete has been a frequent and popular speaker at LHAS. He has a BS in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine. He has worked for the National Audubon Society since 1977, originally in Connecticut and New York before coming to Starr Ranch in 1985 as Assistant Manager. Pete became Starr Ranch Manager in 1988 and has been active in Southern California conservation and habitat protection and acquisition ever since.
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wr4Thursday, JUNE 29, 2017
LHAS ANNUAL PICNIC

For LHAS Members only
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Los Olivos Room, Clubhouse 2, LWV
LHAS is hosting a lunch catered by Jolanda to thank our loyal members. Seating is limited to 40 and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please call (949-587-0075) or email (mizjss@msn.com) Judy Rizzo to reserve your spot now. Or sign up during our regular April and May meetings. No reservations will be accepted after June 1st.
Representatives from Buena Vista Audubon and Sea & srthSage Audubon will be attending to tell you about their on-going activities, such as bird walks, programs and field trips. Please join us for our final event and learn how you can continue your association with Audubon.

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Black Phoebe
retghbOne of the most easily recognized birds in our area is the Black Phoebe. It is common here and is a year round resident. Black Phoebes are very tolerant of human activity and you will find them in open grassy areas near residences as well as in local parks, usually on a conspicuous low perch such as a sprinkler head, low branch or picnic table. They fly out to catch insects and moths in mid-air or fly down to the grass to catch grasshop-pers and other insects. They often return to the same perch where they dip their tails after landing. If you listen carefully you will hear the bill snap when one catches an insect.
The birds have all black upper parts and breast. The belly is white. Some people confuse them with the Oregon race of the Dark-eyed Junco which has a black hood, but Juncos are smaller, sparrow-sized birds with light-colored bills and feed on seeds found on the ground.
Black Phoebes are found from southern Oregon all the way to Argentina. The name ‘Phoebe’ comes from the related Eastern Phoebe. Its vocalization sounds like ‘feebee’ to many
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Laguna Hills Audubon Society is ending after 44 years.

ftkThe LHAS Board believes that we can no longer continue as a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Board members have been wearing two or three hats each and many are now looking to discontinue or reduce their participation. Over the past several years we have lost several stalwart members, among them John Andes, Anne Kiehl, Dave Krieg, Jenni Neff, Jean Lustig, Phil Glaser, Pearl Tai, and Rose Ackerman. While we are grateful that Susi Levin and Jay and Marquita Miller have come forward to help, they alone are not enough. All scheduled programs, bird walks and picnic through June will occur, but there are no plans to continue beyond this time. We regret this decision, but our events do not happen by themselves; they require the work of a number of dedicated volunteers. Please join us in June at our picnic for discussion about how interested members can continue their involvement with the National Audubon Society.
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Orange County Spring Count

The Orange County Spring Count (OCSC) is part of a hytfrjnationwide mi-gration count, similar to a Christmas Bird Count, but timed to the oppo-site half of the migration cycle. This year the OCSC is being expanded to try to capture more of the birds that migrate through the county. For more information, please visit the Sea and Sage Audubon website (www.seaandsageaudubon.org). Birders may participate anytime during the months of April and May. The goal for the OCSC is to count the Top 100 Hot Spots in the county as shown in eBird.
Some residents of LWV will be counting Fairview Park (Costa Mesa) on May 20th. Anyone interested is welcome to join. We can arrange carpooling from Clubhouse 3. If interested, please email LW.AUDU@gmail.com. This is a great opportunity to get started on a bird count and find out what it is all about.
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