Many of us love birding in Irvine Park. It is the oldest regional park in Orange County and has wonderful oak and sycamore trees that support local birds, near and dear to our hearts, that rely on these trees. These include the Acorn Woodpecker (one of the inspirations for Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker) and the Oak Titmouse, plus a host of spring and fall migrants and winter and summer residents.
The chapter's love affair with Irvine Park extends back before we were even an official Audubon chapter. For example, the William Harding Nature Trail was a project of the Santa Ana Bird Club, our predecessor. At different times, the chapter held its annual potluck picnic at Irvine Park. During the 80s, Sea and Sage helped with a study of all the trees in the park. Starting in1986, we partnered with OC Parks on a native plant revegetation project, for which, in 1992, the chapter received both a
Disneyland Community Service Award and the National Audubon Society Earth Defender Award. When the chapter held annual Birdathons, many teams started their 'big-day' in Irvine Park at dusk to watch and listen for nighthawks, poorwills, and owls.
Join us for a 60th Anniversary Walk Down Memory Lane and a Potluck Picnic and Bird Walk on Saturday, April 28.
We have reserved Picnic Area 3 and will have the BBQ coals ready for grilling at 5:00 so we can all eat by 5:45. (Don't tarry, get there early!) We will supply the hot dogs and condiments, but please bring a dish to share, something to grill on the barbie if you don't want hot dogs, your own beverage, plate and silverware. At 6:30, after our potluck dinner, we'll see what birds we can find in the park as we walk over to adjacent Santiago Wash to watch and listen at dusk for Lesser NIghthawks, and, later, Common Poorwills and owls.
Our Bird Walk will be a mini after-fire survey for these species, as the natural areas surrounding Irvine Park were severely burned in the recent fires. We are anxious to know if the poorwills survived the fire. BTW, where do they go after they finish breeding? Will we hear them this spring calling out their names from the hills around Irvine Park? Many of the native shrubs the chapter planted at the east end of Irvine Park were burned in the fire also. But, we hope to find renewal of life in the evidence of crown sprouting of these shrubs.
We hope you will join us at Irvine Park. Be sure to bring your OC Parks pass or be prepared to pay the $5.00 parking entrance fee. We suggest sensible shoes, a small flashlight, insect repellant, a warm wrap, and your binoculars, of course
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Sheakley, Carolyn Noble, Nancy Kenyon or Scott Thomas.