Injured birds - Songbird Care and Education Center www.songbirdcareandeducation.org 714 964-0666
Rehabilitation Facilities - California Dept. of Fish and Game www.dfg.ca.gov
Wetlands and Wildlife Service www.wwccoc.org
U.S. Fish and Wildlife service www.fws.gov
Sea and Sage Audubon Society www.seaandageaudubon.org
Wild Birds Unlimited Store http://yorbalinda.wbu.com
Bluebird Club – Southern California https://bluebirdssc.wordpress.com
Yorba Linda Backyard Birders www.yorbalindabirds.blogspot.com
Bluebirds of Orange County
History of the Yorba Linda Bird Sanctuary:
The Yorba Linda Woman’s Club is very proud that the City of Yorba Linda has installed
‘Yorba Linda is a Bird Sanctuary’ signs at various city entrance locations. The signs were supposed to be installed 45 years earlier, after the City Council passed an ordinance designating Yorba Linda as a Bird Sanctuary, but they never were.
In 2011 Club President Sandy Weinrich was researching the history of the Club’s bluebird pin. She came across an old district report that mentioned Yorba Linda is a Bird Sanctuary. In checking with the City, it was confirmed, Yorba Linda is a Bird Sanctuary - Municipal Code Ordinance 6.36.
Also, Lynne Yauger, Club Member and an Orange County Historical Commissioner, came across the ordinance in the organization’s minutes when she was doing research for the Club’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2012. There she discovered that it was the year 1968 when the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club was instrumental in having the city designate Yorba Linda as a Bird Sanctuary.
In 1971 an airport was proposed in Chino Hills which would involve the airplanes flying over the Yorba Linda area. We understand that Yorba Linda being a bird sanctuary along with much resistance from the community, resulted in the airport proposal’s demise.
In 2012, Club President, Sandy Weinrich sought a Club Chairman to research the bird sanctuary sign issue. Club member Marcia Willett volunteered and made it her mission to follow up with the city about the signs. Her collaborative effort lead to the Club paying for the materials and the City installing them. Several sign designs were created by Club member Nancy Capel, then the Club members voted on the best one.
Fast Forward to year 2013; Marcia Willett, now President of the Yorba Linda Woman’s Club, successfully, on June 26, 2013, along with Mayor Tom Lindsey and several enthusiastic club members in attendance, unveiled the very first sign at the South/East intersection of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Jefferson Street. Today, there are a total of 8 signs standing close to the city’s entrances.
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This birding group meets once a month. Here, three of our Yorba Linda Woman's Club members made a friend.
The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it's native to North America.
Mayor Tom Lindsay and YLWC Members at the unveiling ceremony of our city’s very first sign.
l-r standing: Karlene Ballard, Pamela Harrell, Mayor Tom Lindsey, YLWC President Marcia Willett, Mary Moo Karpel, Esther Murray, Pat Porter, Sandy Castle, Karin Rinnert, Kathy Carswell and Jewel Hollingworth
kneeling: Heather Laporte, Heather's granddaughter Raylee Hicks, Susan Hillman and Olivia Alessi.
Many of our members belong to various birding groups. They can be found bird watching with Sea and Sage from UCI, on the bluebird trail or even writing a wonderful blog about birds. This is the case here.