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[LACoBirds] LA Birders Webinar: Bell’s and Sagebrush Sparrows Status, Distribution & ID in CA, 1/30

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Relevant to San Diego birders as well.
Justyn Stahl
North Park 

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Dear Birders,

You are invited to the next LA Birders webinar:

Wintering Artemisiospiza Sparrows: Status, Distribution and Identification of Bell’s and Sagebrush Sparrows in the Mohave and Sonoran Deserts

With Chris McCreedy

Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm – on YouTube

Both Sagebrush and Bell’s Sparrows winter in southeastern California and western Arizona. Species-specific wintering habitat preferences and the degree to which the two species segregate or interact on their wintering grounds nonetheless remained largely undescribed until recently. This knowledge gap was due to the species’ apparent niche overlap during the nonbreeding season, the difficulty of separating the two species in the field, and to the very recent taxonomic separation of Artemisiospiza belli canescens and A. nevadensis into separate species. Chris has conducted research to shed light on the identification, distribution, and habitat questions of Bell’s and Sagebrush Sparrows.

Kimball Garrett will join Chris during the webinar to give a recap of the Great Sagebrush Sparrow Hunt in the Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County during the winter of 2019–2020.

Join Chris and Kimball for an enlightening webinar on a challenging topic of the status of Sagebrush and Bell’s Sparrows in the deserts of California.

This webinar will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and will also be recorded for later viewing. Please use the YouTube link above (alternatively: which will take you directly to LAB’s main page, where the live webinar should be visible once it begins at 7pm.

Become a LAB Member! Though our webinars will always remain free and available to all, members of Los Angeles Birders have access to live webinars via Zoom, invitations to special LAB-only field trips, priority sign-up on LAB field trips & events, and discounts on paid LAB programs. To learn more about membership, please see our website! 

Looking for a past webinar? Don’t forget that a list of all of our previously recorded webinars is available on our website – which might come in handy if you want to study up before a field trip, or if you’re looking to build your birding skills from home! Just scroll all the way down, past our upcoming and most recent online programs and you’ll find a list of webinars sorted by category. These recordings are all viewable via our YouTube page.

Upcoming Programs

2/4 Sundays at the Huntington with Katy Mann (members only field trip)

2/20 How to Study and Memorize Bird Songs (and just about anything else) with Tom Stephenson (webinar)

2/24-2/25 Salton Sea Weekend with Ron Cyger and Chris Dean (field trip) FULL!

Good birding,

Rebecca Marschall for Los Angeles Birders


Rebecca Fenning Marschall