Birders near and far prepare for the big count – Los Altos Town Crier

The mission of the Audubon Society is to lift consciousness and appreciation of feathered creatures.

“We care about habitat preservation in order that birds can survive,” mentioned Barry Langdon-Lassagne, president of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.
He described how totally different birds desire totally different habitats.

“For instance,” Langdon-Lassagne mentioned, “the western bluebird likes open, grassy areas. You could find them in most parks; it’s a lovely chicken.”

Winged fauna of many species will be discovered within the nature preserves adjoining to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. At Rancho San Antonio, a paved path from the parking zone results in Deer Hole Farm. Based on Langdon-Lassagne, subsequent to the lot lies an unlimited stretch of inexperienced area. The American kestrel, smallest of the falcons, typically hovers over fields trying to find mice and grasshoppers.

“Lookup within the air and see if that chicken is above,” he suggested.

Redwood Grove, the thickly wooded oasis nestled within the coronary heart of Los Altos off College Avenue, is residence to quite a lot of avian species, together with turkey vultures and, within the spring, nesting nice blue herons. Typical birds in forested areas embrace woodpeckers, the hermit thrush and the nuthatch.

“The nuthatch hangs the wrong way up on branches on the lookout for bugs,” Langdon-Lassagne mentioned. “Many varieties of wren are present in such locations, and so they sing superbly.”

Shoreline Park in Mountain View is a haven for pond birds.

“The American coot lives in ponds and lakes, and there are a number of them at Shoreline,” Langdon-Lassagne famous. “Quite a few species of geese in addition to Canada geese make their houses there.”

The Audubon Society annual Birdathon, a bird-counting occasion held each spring as birds migrate, helps the nonprofit conservation group’s instructional packages.

This yr, as a result of pandemic, the Birdathon kick-off occasion – set for 7-8:30 p.m. immediately – might be performed nearly. Matthew Dodder, government director of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, will clarify what the Birdathon is all about, define the objectives for schooling within the coming yr and share how groups work and the way this yr’s occasion is totally different from previous ones.

The Audubon Society supplies an inventory of birdwatching websites appropriate for seniors, together with preserves with paved trails, wheelchair entry, seating and restrooms. Go to scvas.org/accessible-birding for particulars.

For a hyperlink to the Birdathon kickoff occasion, go to scvas.org/event-calendar/birdathon-kickoff-event.


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