Backyard Birding Tips: How to ID a Red Tailed Hawk

Have you ever seen a hawk soaring in the sky and wondered “What is that cool bird?” We bet it was a Red-tailed Hawk. But don’t take our word for it! Watch this video and learn how you can properly identify a Red-tailed hawk on your next hike, road trip, or walk.

Backyard Birding Tips: How to ID Common LA River Birds

There’s so many birds along the LA River, sometimes it’s hard to tell which one is which! But have no fear, check out this video for some of our tips for identifying common water birds along the LA River!

Backyard Birding Tips: How to be a Bird Ally along the LA River!

You can find lots of feathered friends along the LA River! From herons and egrets, to warblers and ducks – the LA River’s riparian habitat is home to lots of unique birds. Check out some tips for keeping the LA River bird-friendly on your next walk! 

Backyard Birding Tips: How to ID a California Scrub Jay

If you’ve seen a blue streak flying across your backyard, chances are you’ve seen the California Scrub Jay! These birds are known for swooping across clearings, their harsh calls and long floppy tails. DID YOU KNOW the California Scrub Jay is part of the Corvidae family – meaning this bright blue guy is cousins with Ravens and Crows! Have you seen any California Scrub Jays in YOUR backyard? Let us know!

Backyard Birding Tips: How to ID a Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser goldfinches are pretty small birds, and they’ve learned that there’s strength in numbers! You’ll often find them in flocks mixed with other seed-eating birds at bird feeders. If you see a tiny yellow bird with an all-black cap, chances are you spotted a male lesser goldfinch. Have you seen any lesser goldfinches in your backyard? Let us know!

Backyard Birding Tips: How to ID a House Finch

Probably one of the more common backyard birds, the House Finch likes to make itself at home amongst people. Look for this bird in settled habitats including parks, backyards, barns, and forests. You’ll hear these social birds – they love to chatter amongst themselves making them very hard to miss. Have you seen one of these in your backyard?

Backyard Birding Tips: Cleaning your Bird Feeders

The key to a happy bird community in your backyard is feeders that are full and clean! Aim to clean your bird feeders about once a month to make sure your backyard visitors are happy, healthy, and coming back for more. Check out this video to see how we keep our bird feeders sparkling clean!

Backyard Birding Tips: Preventing Window Collisions

Migration is in the air, giving us a ton of opportunities to spot birds as they pass through our neighborhoods, but don’t forget about the many dangers birds face as they’re going on their journey. One of the biggest threat to birds is window collision. Since birds can’t see glass, they can fly at a window at top speed – not great. Thankfully, there’s something you can do to help! National Audubon Society's Senior Director of Bird-Friendly Communities, John Rowden explains how you can collision proof your windows – it’s super easy! Let’s keep birds safe on their journey home!

Nature Arts & Crafts: Leaf Rubbings

Leaf rubbings are a great way of recording any plants you’ve seen on your walks! Put these leaf rubbings in your nature journal or hang your art on the wall! What are some of the plants you've seen on your nature walks?


  • Paper or your nature journal
  • Crayons
  • A hard surface
  • Fresh leaves 

Nature Arts & Crafts: Plant Pressing

Plant pressing is a great technique for saving the leaves and flowers you pick on your walks. This method actually has its origins in the scientific community – allowing scientists to take a closer look at flowers over long periods of time without having to worry about decomposition. Plant pressings can be incorporated in any DIY project!


  • leaves or flowers
  • Waxpaper or newspaper
  • 3-4 heavy books (the heavier the better)

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