Earth Day festivities have been in full swing this month for many organizations, and Los Angeles Audubon is no exception. This week I was able to work at an Earth Day event at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. It was a full day event with a wide range of activities, including folklorico dances, bird walks, and even helping to hatch grunion eggs. I met a lot of incredibly interested community members, as well as staff from other nonprofit organizations like Heal the Bay and International Bird Rescue. It was definitely a lot of fun!
This week has also been interesting at Venice Beach- the terns are back! I went out with Tom Ryan, Stacey Vigallon, Carlos Jauregui, and Dan Robinette (from Point Blue Conservation Science) to complete our first official walk-through of the season, as well as to put up cameras in hopes of capturing footage of nesting terns. We counted about 30 terns above us and a few were landing inside of the colony. The season seems to be starting early, so I’m really looking forward to seeing whether we get any nests and chicks in the coming weeks. The next walk-through is scheduled for this upcoming week!