The birding survey took place in the morning to observe the birds when they are most active. The weather was beautiful, and the birds were out in numbers. Within two hours we observed 30 species! * This survey was led by Dr. Richard Hedley, a UCLA post-doctoral researcher and incredibly knowledgeable birder. We had a great mix of participants, from highly skilled birders like Dr. Hedley to many who were having their first birding experience ever. Having the experts guide the newcomers was great, the subtleties in morphology, behavior and songs of different species were shared, opening up many eyes to how much is going on around us that we often overlook.
These events have confirmed what we already knew, that the Garden is an oasis of life in West Los Angeles. There’s plenty more to learn about the organisms which live in and around the Garden. An upcoming bio-blitz of the UCLA campus will send survey teams out into the campus starting from the Garden on April 14th. If you are interested in participating this event, follow the link above. And if you find an interesting organism in the garden or nearby please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!