California Biodiversity Day, Los Angeles Zoo, September 5-6 and 12-13

California is a biodiversity hotspot — home to a wide variety of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth! Join us for two weekends of virtual events and activities designed to celebrate our state’s exceptional biodiversity — and encourage actions to protect it.

Note: All events listed below are virtual.

Saturday, September 12

Explore your Neighborhood

Nature Try: Sit Spot

The Zoo’s Learning & Engagement team will guide participants through a “Sit Spot” nature activity. Sit spots are important for many reasons. They allow us to engage with a place in a mindful way, using every sense we have. Ideally, your sit spot is somewhere you can revisit often, giving you an opportunity to observe new things over time and build a sense of place and belonging.

Bees, Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies Bioblitz

An L.A. Zoo docent shows you how to use the iNaturalist app to identify and record the biodiversity in your backyard and beyond. Discover your local bees, birds, bugs, butterflies (and more), while also gathering scientifically valuable data on California biodiversity.

Nature Try: Follow a Bug!

The Zoo’s Learning & Engagement team will help viewers find focus by observing a trail of bugs to see how they move, where they live and what else lives amongst them.

Backyard Pals

Backyard Pals

Get to know the mountain yellow-legged frog, yellow-faced bumblebee, and other California natives through this online activity.

Backyard Pals Image

Bird Walk Bingo

Go on an exploratory walk in your neighborhood to spot some of your avian neighbors.

Sunday, September 13

California Gardens

L.A. Zoo’s Bird Gardens

Learn how the L.A. Zoo is helping wild birds in this presentation by Curator of Birds Mike Maxcy. Get a closer look at the Zoo’s bird gardens and how they encourage visits by local birds and migratory species.

Book Launch: The Gottlieb Native Garden: An Intimate Wildlife Journey, 2 p.m. (registration required)

Join GLAZA President Tom Jacobson and photographer Scott Logan for the launch of Logan’s new book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: An Intimate Wildlife Journey. Logan’s exquisite photography showcases the fauna in Susan and Dan Gottlieb’s renowned native urban oasis while also illuminating how gardening for wildlife can attract myriad species to our own backyards and window boxes. Five attendees will be chosen at random to receive copy of the book. Books can be ordered here.

How to Build Your Own Succulent Garden

Create your own succulent garden with the help of this inspiring and informative guide.

Last Weekend's Webinars, Presentations, and Special Activities

Saturday, September 5

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD)

Story Time: Condor’s Egg by Jonathan London

Listen to a captivating tale of a California condor pair struggling to protect their egg through a storm, read by L.A. Zoo Animal Care specialist Debbie Sears and an appearance by Dolly, the California condor ambassador.

Vulture VIP: Dolly the Ambassador California Condor

In celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD), L.A. Zoo Animal Care specialist Debbie Sears will talk about Dolly, the nation’s first California condor ambassador, and her role in the conservation of this critically endangered species.

Turkey Vultures in an Urban Environment

Live webinar with L.A. Zoo Animal Care specialist Katie Vincent, who will discuss the adaptable and often misunderstood turkey vulture.

IVAD Crafts and Activities

For some interactive fun, online crafts and activities will be available in honor of International Vulture Awareness Day. Play a vulture memory game, download coloring pages, and create a cool necklace.

Sunday, September 6

California Wild

Virtual Herping With L.A. Zoo Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians Ian Recchio

L.A. Zoo Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians Ian Recchio will chat about “herping” (searching for reptiles and amphibians) in the wilds of California — and the Zoo’s critical role in saving the southern mountain yellow-legged frog.

Book Talk: North America’s Galapagos

Author Corinne Heyning Laverty discusses her book North America’s Galapagos: The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey in a live conversation moderated by Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) President Tom Jacobson. With stunning color photographs, Laverty’s book recounts in vivid detail the never-before-told adventures of the researchers, naturalists, and explorers who came together in the late 1930s to piece together the human history and biological evolution of California’s eight Channel Islands. Book available for purchase here.

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