Los Angeles is home to more bird species than any other U.S. city. For many, L.A. is a migratory pit stop, but honestly, when was the last time you eyed the sky and contemplated our feathery brethren? While soaking up 280 acres of a pure nature explosion? The Audubon Center at Debs Park, an urban wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the 110 freeway, does a smashing job of reaching out to the community of northeast L.A. — as does the Arroyo Arts Collective, a grassroots group of artists, musicians, writers and creatives who organized For the Birds, 18 site-specific installations relating to local birds, their habitat, health and migration. It's on view until May 7; you will no doubt encounter some of the nearly 140 bird species that call Debs Park home. Stay to bid on avian art donated by more than 30 local artists in “a truly unique blend of art and nature” while the bird-and-bee-friendly band Artichoke performs. Since California drivers nixed Proposition 21 last year — which would've kept state parks and beaches open via a small vehicle fee — thank your lucky stars for John James Audubon and the society that bears his name.

Sat., May 7, 2-5 p.m., 2011

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