HB Urban Forest BIRD-A-THON



A Sensational September ’22 HB Urban Forest BIRD-A-THON

On behalf of the Huntington Beach Tree Society, my Western Bluebird family and all the birds in the HB Urban Forest, I’d like to thank all who participated in the first-ever Huntington Beach Urban Forest BIRD-A-THON. We hope to see you again soon! (Photo by Urban Forest birder James Kendall)

SHUTTERBUG JAMES KENDALL HONORED

James Kendall was unanimously chosen as the 2022 honoree by the HB Trees BIRD-A-THON Planning Committee, for bringing to light the amazing diversity of bird species found in the Urban Forest. To see some of his extraordinary bird photographs that he generously shares, click here.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” stated fellow birder and planning committee member Betty Kanne during the award presentation at the start of the BIRD-A-THON. The hand carved and painted bluebird was created by artist and HB Trees volunteer Ray Calloway.

The Western Bluebird is the Urban Forest mascot and “spokesbird” as its kindred conservation spirit, with this beautiful bird and the HB Urban Forest both rescued in the 21st century.   

Birder and Urban Forest photographer James Kendall received the Western Bluebird Award from HB Tree Society President Jean Nagy on day one of the four-day fall BIRD-A-THON. “Jim has brought to life aspects of nature that many folks would otherwise never notice. Through hundreds of hours of patient observation, he has captured gorgeous photographs of even the shyest species,” she states. “The more we can expose current and future generations to the beauty of birds and the benefit they provide to a healthy ecosystem, the better.”

Fresh Air & Fun for Everyone!

The fall Huntington Beach Urban Forest BIRD-A-THON was a four-day fundraiser for planting and bird-friendly improvements at the Urban Forest. Similar to a walk-a-thon, bird-watching participants competed as individuals or teams, raising pledge money by counting birds and bird species, recording data on the popular eBird app. Participants could “bird” the park any daylight hours on any day from Thursday through Sunday in order to be included in the bird-friendly competition. No prior birding knowledge or experience was required to join the fun.

Some participants opted to join Saturday and Sunday morning teams led by expert birders.  “Lena’s Legions,” the official birder kick-off team on Thursday, observed the most – 41 species. Many participants were delighted to discover this increasingly verdant expanse for the first time. The parkland is situated within the Pacific Flyway zone frequented by birds traveling between Alaska and the southernmost regions of South America. The event began on the first day of fall and right on schedule, migratory birds were among those detected. For the complete list, please click here.

FORESTATION, TRANSFORMATION, RESTORATION
Using BIRD-A-THON pledges and donations, the HB Tree Society intends to welcome back CA Gnatcatchers, just as HB Trees’ prolific planting throughout the increasingly lush Urban Forest has attracted so many other bird species.

BRINGING BACK NATIVE HABITAT & CA GNATCATCHERS – Urban Forest BIRD-A-THON 2022 proceeds are helping fund the purchase and planting of (clockwise from top left) California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina), a Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) forest, Lemonade Berry (Rhus integrifolia) and Bush Penstemon (Keckiella antirrhinoides), all of which serve as habitat for California Gnatcatchers and scores more of our most cherished resident and migrating bird species. Reduction of this habitat in so much of our region has led to California Gnatcatchers being placed on the California Endangered Species List.