Get Involved


All of our locations are well suited for observing birds and other wildlife. And since September 2020 on the last Thursday of each month, birding enthusiasts descend upon the Urban Forest to record and photograph bird observations.

For anyone interested in joining this community of fellow birding enthusiasts, we welcome you to take part in our monthly birding surveys, or annual bird-a-thons.

The Urban Forest birders use an application called eBird, managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, to count all birds they spy during their visit. Here’s what the eBird website says about the impact their efforts have:

eBird plays an increasingly important and diverse role in applied science and conservation. eBird data contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform research worldwide. Applications of eBird data range from research and monitoring to conservation planning, including tangible conservation actions such as site and habitat management, species management, habitat protection, and informing law and policy … we are committed to ensuring that your data will be put to the best use possible for research, conservation, and education.

eBird data document bird distribution, abundance, habitat use, and trends. Birders enter when, where, and how they went birding, and then fill out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing.”

Boundaries of the HB Urban Forest survey are: HB Central Park Dog Park and equestrian stables to the north, Edward’s to the east, Ellis Avenue to the south and Goldenwest Street to the west.

Bird reports are submitted by lead birder Lena Hayashi.

Betty Kanne

Betty Kanne is a passionate birder based in Huntington Beach, California, known for her captivating "Bird of the Month" features authored for the HB Tree Society. With a keen eye and a deep appreciation for avian life, Betty brings to life the diverse array of bird species that call the Huntington Beach area home.

Betty's contributions play a vital role in raising awareness about the importance of birds in our ecosystems. Her dedication to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for birding inspires others to engage with nature and become stewards of their local environment, fostering a deeper connection between the community and the rich avian diversity of Huntington Beach, California.

2 responses to “Birding

  1. Hi there,
    I am interested in Birding and possibly volunteering also.
    I do still work 3 days a week, but have Thursdays off.
    Please let me know how to get involved.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Phyllis,

      Thank you for your interest in birding and volunteering with HB Trees!

      For volunteering, please contact Jean Nagy directly via text message. Her phone number is listed on our contact page!

      In regard to birding, we generally suggest people new to birding attend one of our Bird-a-thons first to learn more about the dos-and-dont’s of birding and to meet some of the birders that conduct monthly surveys. We also encourage interested individuals to learn more about the birding process by viewing videos online and reading reputable websites. You don’t need to be an expert (and please don’t feel intimidated), but you should understand the process and etiquette. Cornell University has some wonderful resources, and an app you can download called “eBird” (which is what our birders use). After you have a basic understanding of the above, we encourage you to contact us so we can put you in touch with one of our regular birders to discuss when and how you can get involved!

      For those that are experienced with birding, we suggest you reach out to us directly. We’ll put you in touch with our regular birders so you can discuss how and when you can get involved.

      Thank you again for your interest Phyllis! We look forward to meeting you.

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