The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team Hosted by Tejon Ranch Conservancy
The Audubon Center at Debs Park’s Arroyo Green Team was hosted by the Tejon Ranch Conservancy on a trip to the General Beale Adobe and surrounding Ranchlands on the Antelope Valley side of Tejon Ranch on Saturday, April 17, 2010
On the trip, the Green Team had the opportunity to interact with the scientists with the Tejon Ranch Conservancy and learn about their conservation work. The group explored two different habitats on the ranch (desert grasslands and shrublands). They experienced bird-banding first hand and had a close look at a red-winged blackbird and a yellow-rumped warbler. They also conducted a plant study, called a “transect,” to learn about the diversity and abundance of wildflowers on that part of the Ranch.
This is the second time that Deb’s Park has been hosted by the Tejon Ranch Conservancy and, without a doubt, it has become one of the favorite outings of the Conservancy Staff. We look forward to experiencing their growth and education for generations to come.
“I really enjoyed the trip to Tejon Ranch. Being in Los Angeles, there aren’t many natural areas around us anymore, so being able to be out in nature and learn new things is amazing. I liked learning about the bird banding because we got to see such beautiful birds. Normally, it’s hard for people to get a close look at these creatures since they always get startled and fly away. We also got to do a transect for wild flowers, which is basically counting them. I’ve never seen so many flowers at once before, so being able to sit around them and take pictures was a lot of fun.” Brianna Garcia, 15 years old.
Above: Tejon Ranch Conservancy Conservation Scientist Chris Niemela gently shows a female Redwing BlackBird to students
Below: Tejon Ranch Conservancy Executive Director Tom Maloney guides students on undertaking a transect to record flowers.