Planting a bird-friendly garden
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L.A. Zoo plants bird-friendly gardens

A white-crowned Sparrow is spotted in one of six small gardens at the L.A. Zoo. The Zoo hopes to inspire Californians to implement small ideas at home while helping birds in the process. 

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“At this time of year, we have a mass migration of birds,” says L.A. Zoo Bird Curator Mike Maxcy. The Zoo hopes to inspire Californians by creating a template for people to use in their gardens, patios and porches. 

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Mike Maxcy, left, Curator of Birds and Andrew Lyell, Senior Gardener at the L.A. Zoo watch for birds in the California garden. 

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Look for Black Phoebe, Dark-Eyed Junco and Hermit Thrush in the South American Bird Garden. 

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A water feature in one of the six small gardens.

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Allen’s hummingbird in one of the demonstration gardens at the L.A. Zoo. 

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White Sage, Salvia apiana: Native sages are pollinated by bumblebees and attract hummingbirds.

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Mike Maxcy, right, Curator of Birds and Andrew Lyell, Senior Gardener at the L.A. Zoo watch for birds in the Baja California Garden.

 

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A white-crowned Sparrow in the gardens of the L.A. Zoo. 

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A nest provides shelter for migrating birds. 

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Northern mockingbird, spotted towhee and black-headed grosbeak can be found in the North America Bird Garden. 

 (Lisa Boone)

Docents train for bird watching at the L.A. Zoo.

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Look for Anna’s hummingbird, hooded orioles and rufous-crowned sparrow in the Africa garden. 

 (Lisa Boone)

Mourning Doves.

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Allen’s hummingbird.

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Bewick’s wren, American robin and California towhee flock to the Australasia Bird Garden. 

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The Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly.

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