Charities / Conservation
The Nature Conservancy - This is how you can make a difference. The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. They basically buy up land to protect ecosystems. Any money donated goes almost entirely directly to this effort.
South Bay Wildlife Rehab - A local non-profit organization dedicated to caring for California native wildlife and educating the public about the natural world. They save and rehabilitate over 1000 birds and mammals each year. They're great; one time my girlfriend, Laurel, and I took an injured pigeon to them who would have died otherwise and they took care of him. They accept donations and have volunteer opportunities, and perhaps the easiest thing you can do to help is, if you shop at Ralph's, email them your name, address, phone number, and Ralph's Club Card # at SBWR_Donate@ConsultMCC.com and Ralph's will donate money to them every time you shop, at no cost to you.
UCLA Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden - The best place for seeing birds on campus, and the ONLY place for some birds. An idyllic seven acres tucked away in the extreme southeast corner of campus. If you've never been there, go. Right now. (But only if it's actually open.)
Birds of the MEMBG Botanical Garden - A list of birds seen in the garden from 1994-2001, compiled by Dr. Gregory R. Schrott.
Environmental Bruins - An awesome student group at UCLA. I got involved with them through the course of researching birds for this website. They do a lot of great and fun stuff.
UCLA Stunt Ranch - A large reserve in the Santa Monica mountains. A significant historical and natural site, only 45 minutes from the UCLA campus, and a great place to see wildlife.
UCLA Institue of the Environment - The mission of the IoE is to generate knowledge and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems, and to educate the next generation of professional leadership committed to the health of our planet.
Urban Wild - excellent and delightful bird & environment themed blog by UCLA birder Linda Navroth.
Beakspeak - excellent blog of Los Angeles birder Jason Stuck. It features some outstanding photography and great links to bird webcams and podcasts.
South Bay Wildlife Rehab - see description above, under Charities/Conservation
Los Angeles Audubon Society - The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Audubon Society. It's mission is to provide educational programs and services that build awareness of the importance of birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of natural habitats, primarily in the Los Angeles area. Check here for frequent guided bird walks all over L.A. (Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and Ballona Wetlands are two close to UCLA).
LACoBirds - A Yahoo Group for discussion of wild birds and birdwatching in Los Angeles County, CA.
Habitat Works of Southern California - a nonprofit action group carrying out volunteer projects to improve the habitats of endangered, threatened and perturbed species in Southern California, including the California Condor. If you're interested in the environment or volunteering for wildlife or habitat conservation projects around Los Angeles or Southern California, check them out.
Some great birding spots around L.A. - from Daniel S. Cooper, Cooper Ecological Monitoring
Parrots in L.A. and California:
A Local Guide to Birdwatching in the USA (thanks to Megan Potter with Enriching Kids!)
Birds of North America Online, by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - UCLA has purchased a subscription to the online version of Birds of North America (BNA). BNA is a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, providing comprehensive scientific information for over 700 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. It includes image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, as well as recordings of bird songs and calls selected from the collection in Cornell’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. This is a terrific resource for students and researchers alike. To access the resources on the site, you'll have to either use a computer on the UCLA campus, or set up proxy server settings on your home web browser. Proxy server instructions here. (some text from UCLA Biomed Library website; thanks to Guido Schauer for pointing this one out)
All About Birds Guide, by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Consider this the "light" version of the Birds of North America Online. This one is free to everyone and is a good basic-level guide with species accounts for all native birds of North America.
eNature - The site is slow, but you can find profiles of birds and other animals.
The Nature Sounds Society - An organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and creative use of natural sounds. They also work toward conservation of quietude in our natural places.
Pileated Woodpecker Central - Some great photos and information about this magnificent, crow-sized woodpecker, cousin to the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker that's made such big news lately. The Pileated Woodpecker is not likely to be seen around here, but does live in California forests further north.
Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) - Human architecture can be a fatal hazard to migrating birds (e.g. colliding with windows). Find out what you can do to help.
Bird Gardens - Flowers and Plants to Attract Wildlife: How to get awesome birds to visit your own backyard! Thanks to Ashley and Sarah at Camp Price for the link.
Bird Watching for Couch Potatoes: a beginner's guide to bird watching! Thanks to Malcolm and Ms. Ward in Northridge for the link.
The Ultimate Guide to Birdwatching thanks to Darlene Flavin for the link!
Using Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds thanks to Chad Kremp for making this page!
Official birds of the United States thanks to Peyton and Bridget Wertz for the link!
Retail / Supplies
Wild Birds Unlimited - Stores that specialize in wild birds: feeding, birdwatching, etc. The closest two are in Torrance (south) and Woodland Hills (north).
Non-Bird but Also Awesome
losanjealous - A Los Angeles blog that's very good, and about the real L.A.
The Taj - official fan website of science fiction author Fred Saberhagen's Berserker universe.