Family Bird Fest - February 15

Wild Wings of California with Great Horned OwlFebruary 15, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free with Garden admission

Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. An educational celebration of all kinds of birds, this annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.

The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors including members of Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Wings of California with live raptors, bird life displays and drop-in family activities, sponsored in part by Pomona Valley Audubon Society.

Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” an international citizen-science project. The annual event engages people globally in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout the world.

Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." In the past, participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit to read a summary of the findings.

barnowl wildlens350Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid lovely ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.

See photos from our 2011 Family Bird Fest.


Special Presentation at 12:30, featuring:

Sean C. Wilcox: Flight performance and sound production during courtship displays of male Black-chinned Hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri)

About the Speaker: Sean is second-year Ph.D. student at University of California, Riverside. A native of Hacienda Heights, CA, Sean completed his B.S. and M.S. at Cal Poly Pomona. Sean is now studying hummingbird courtship behavior and flight performance. Hummingbirds perform aerial displays that seem to push the limits of their flight capacities and are therefore interesting in terms of honest signaling and communication between males and females.

About Sean’s project:
Most forms of animal movement produce incidental sounds (Larsson, 2012). Some birds have evolved to utilize these sounds during courtship and territorial disputes (Miller and Inouye, 1983; Bostwick, 2006; Clark and Feo 2008; Hunter 2008). The athletic courtship displays of Black-chinned Hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri) can be striking and strenuous, and include substantial sound production. Short-range “shuttle” displays are performed by males which fly acrobatically from side to side in view of a female (Baltosser and Russell, 2000). During these displays, wingbeat frequency increases dramatically, and trill sounds are produced as a male flies side to side (Baltosser and Russell, 2000; Feo and Clark, 2010). As a first step, linking the motion of the wings recorded with high-speed video and the sounds produced during the shuttle display will allow for a better comprehension of the relationship between sound and flight performance. Furthermore, this research will provide insights into the importance of flight sounds in relation to courtship, female choice, and reproductive success. This project will include substantial field work, providing an opportunity to introduce undergraduates to science, birds, and California habitats. Also, I will post videos of research subjects to YouTube as a means of disseminating my research to the public. I also would be honored to give a public presentation of my findings at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Weekend Wildflower Walks - March 21-May 3

Weekend Wildflower Walks Poppy web

Saturdays 11 a.m.

Sundays 1 p.m. 

Guided walking tours with RSABG nature interpreters featuring beautiful wildflowers and seasonal highlights. Walks continue Saturday and Sunday, through May 3. Free with Garden admission or membership. Walks are approximately 60-90 minutes in length; guests may drop off tours as needed.


Spring Open House - March 14

March 14, 2015

  • Free Garden admission day for all.
  • Behind the Scenes Tour Opportunities (Stay tuned for details and scheduling)
  • Grow Native Nursery Sale
  • Grand Opening - A Living Legacy: The Collections of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Exhibit - March 14 through June 28, 2015

Click for California Native Sage Festival information, coming up on March 28!California Native Sage Festival information, coming up on March 28!

Free admission for all on March 14 sponsored by Golden State Water Company. Be sure to visit their informational booth at the California Native Sage Festival, featuring water saving information, tips and giveaways.



Teacher Open House

Our annual Teacher Open House will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Free Registration, Click Here 

  • Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and their immediate family.
  • Explore school tour and program displays; complete your passport to be eligible for great prizes!
  • Reserve field trips. Spring reservations fill up quick. Bring your calendar to schedule a fun and educational trip for your students.
  • Stay an hour or stay all day
  • Great prizes and giveaways
  • Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and programs that include activity stations to help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. RSABG tours and programs correlate with K - 8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools.

Read more about RSABG School Tours and Programs