News and Events – 16 April 2009

April 16, 2009 § 1 Comment

N-n-n-news:

South East Trees' Latest!

South East Trees' Latest Masterpiece!

> The new Cudahy River Park opens along the southeast stretch of the Los Angeles River!  What will North East Trees think of next?

> L.A. Streetsblog looks at federal stimulus money going to California bicycle projects – looks promising that funds will go to the lower Arroyo Seco Bikeway.

> Friday-tomorrow noon is your deadline for entering L.A. Creek Freak’s first-ever contest.  Win the Audubon Center at Debs Park’s guide to Animals of the Los Angeles River by merely commenting on our blog.  Right now the odds are better than 1 in 10.  No purchase required.  Void where prohibited.  Your results may vary.

>Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 2008 fish study is now on-line!  Creek Freak reviewed it here – one of our most perennially popular posts! Now let me tell about that one that got away…

E-e-e-events:

>Tomorrow, Friday April 17th at 2:30, the City of LA hosts a talk  on the revitalization of Seoul’s  Cheong Gye Cheong river.

>This Sunday afternoon, April 19th, Long Beach’s Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance hosts tours of the Dominguez Gap – a restored wetland park along the lower Los Angeles River.    Creek Freak visited the site recently and the wildflowers are blooming beautifully!

>Also this Sunday, April 19th at 3:30pm, Friends of the LA River hosts a walk along the scenic Glendale Narrows stretch of the L.A. River.  Meet at Steelhead Park, on Oros Street in Frogtown.

>Support your local bloggers Joe Linton and Damien Newton as we teach you how to blog like we do – plus mucho other useful free stuff on the web at our Internet Skills Class on Tuesdays April 21st and 28th.  We teach it again May 4th and 11th.

Spring cleaning opportunities abound:
> This Saturday April 18th at Taylor Yard with North East Trees.  Yo! it’s Earth Day!
> Next Saturday April 25th at Taylor Yard with North East Trees and local Obama folk.
>Saturday May 9th at Taylor Yard and many many other sites with Friends of the L.A. River.

>On April 25th and 26th, Urban Photo Adventures leads their Los Angeles River photography tour – see and capture some of the grittiest industrial sites along the mighty Los Angeles.

Bike the Emerald Necklace on the San Gabriel River and the Rio Hondo with the city of El Monte’s Tour of Two Rivers bike rally on Saturday May 16th.  Then bike the Los Angeles River on the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s River Ride on Sunday June 7th.

Contest! Audubon Guide to Animals of the L.A. River

April 10, 2009 § 14 Comments

New Animal Guide

New Guide to Local Fauna

The Audubon Center at Debs Park has produced a new bilingual guide to local animals. It’s called Animals of the Los Angeles River: Arroyo Seco and Environs.

It’s one of those 8.5″ by 3.5″ wide fold-out guides that shows the image of each animal, its common name, latin name, and size, published by Waterford Press.

The animals selected are ones that can be spotted at the following five sites along the Arroyo Seco: Los Angeles River confluence with the Arroyo Seco, Debs Park, Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park, Hahamongna Watershed Park, and the Angeles National Forest.

It includes mammals, insects, reptiles/amphibians, and plenty of birds. Some fairly common species (including opossum, tiger swallowtail butterfly, coot, even parrots and pidgeons) and many less common (including white-tailed kite, mountain lion) – at least to my amateur eye and in the places where I frequent. I am really happy to get the Spanish names for lots of our local critters – kildeer are chorlo tildío, rattlesnakes are culebra de cascabel. Though there is a disclaimer that “Spanish common names vary from region to region. When in doubt please use the Latin name.”

The guides are on sale at the Audubon Center for $6 each. They’re not available yet on-line, but you can send a $6.59 check to Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 N. Griffin Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031, and they will mail you one.

OUR FIRST CONTEST! Thanks to the Audubon Center’s director Jeff Chapman, Creek Freak will be giving away one of these guides to a lucky Creek Freak reader. All you have to do is post a comment below. Include in your comment one of your favorite spots on a Southern California waterway. Deadline for entries is 12noon on Friday April 17th. Winner will be picked at random and announced here. We’ll get in touch you via email, then mail you the guide (US addresses only.) No purchase necessary.

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