One of the goals of the Bruin Birding Club is to make UCLA a more hospitable place for our feathered friends. To accomplish this goal, we organize projects that protect native habitats and that support biodiversity and bird populations. We are proud to engage hundreds of UCLA students through these projects, and we use these projects as an opportunity to teach participants about local native landscapes and bird populations.
Hummingbird Canyon Planting - 3/4/2020
Have you heard about Hummingbird Canyon? It's the name of a habitat revitalization project run by the Bruin Birding Club that's taking place between Franz Hall and the Geology Building. Our goal is to recreate native habitat you might see in the Santa Monica Mountains and that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators and birds. In collaboration with UCLA Facilities, we've already removed a thick carpet of invasive ivy from the site (thanks to the volunteers who participated in this effort--feel free to stop by and check it out!), and now we're ready to plant! If you'd like to help us plant the 500+ native plants we purchased for this site, please click on this link to sign up (or for more information). Hope to see you there!
More about Hummingbird Canyon
The Bruin Birding Club, in collaboration with UCLA Facilities Management and thanks to the National Audubon Society Plants for Birds Grant, is revitalizing a courtyard on UCLA's campus with plant species native to Southern California. The plant species we've chosen will provide resources for pollinators, including hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees. Because the area is shaded and has light levels reminiscent of canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains, we are designing our "Hummingbird Canyon" project to mimic these signature Los Angeles landscapes. Over three days of volunteer work, we have removed invasive ivy that dominated the space. Our next step is to start planting! Please revisit this site for a link to sign up to help us plant.
Check out the video below about the inspiration for this garden: