Vote for the Birds

Posted on October 28th, 2014 by rebecca

sticker_voteforbirds_200pJoin Audubon California and Vote for the Birds

This November, tell our leaders that birds matter by doing the following:

• Vote for the California water bond, Proposition 1.

– The bond provides nearly $1.5 billion for watersheds and restoration projects, including $475 million to fund much-needed projects for Central Valley refuges, the Klamath basin, the San Joaquin River, and the Salton Sea.

• Support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard wildlife and habitats in the face of climate change.

– Consider supporting ballot measures that promote distributed energy generation (e.g., rooftop solar), smart growth planning, and water conservation.

– Help birds prepare for the impacts of climate change by supporting ordinances that protect and expand open space and important habitat areas.

Copy the link below into your browser to find out more.

Annual Conservation Award Banquet

Posted on October 20th, 2014 by rebecca

Reserve Your Tickets Today for the
2014 San Fernando Valley Audubon Society Awards Banquet

When: Friday, November 7, 2014


Monterey at Encino, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

Lewis MacAdams: Conservation Award Recipient & Speaker

Dottie Ecker: Service Award Recipient

Cost: $50.00 (including tax/tip) for reservations

Meal Choices: Chicken Marsala Roast Beef Pasta Primavera

Pay online via PayPal at our website ( Click on the Merchandise page, then click on “Add to Cart”. Please indicate the number of tickets you want.

After logging into your PayPal account with username and password, you will see the PayPal ‘Pay Now” screen. Directly under “Pay Now” you will see a field “Special Instructions: Names of Guests & meal choice”. Click Add. In the text box indicate meal choice and how many of each, as well as names of any guests other than yourself. (ex. John Doe, chicken; Mary Doe, Beef). If you are “not sure” just so state – we will track you down before the information is needed.

No confirmations will be sent. Reservations will be held at the door.

The October / November Phainopepla Newsletter is Now Online!

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by rebecca

Click below to read the latest Chapter news.

October November 2014 Phainopepla


SBEEP School Field Trip Grants Available Now

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by rebecca

For an application click SBEEP.Application.2014-2

San Fernando Valley Audubon is pleased to announce 2014-15 field trip grants for its popular Sepulveda Basin Environmental Education Program.  Audubon will subsidize the full cost of the education program at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (SBWR) for up to 30 schools (a $430 value).  The cost of transportation is not included.  Schools must arrange for their own travel using district transportation.  Teachers who have not participated in this program before must attend the teacher’s workshop prior to the date of their field trip.  The workshop and field trip is open to teachers of grades 4 thru 6.

The Teacher’s Workshop, “Water, Wetlands and Wildlife,” will be held Sat Nov 1, 2014.  It’s goal is to offer curricular support and preparation for the subsequent field trip you’ll be taking with your students.  Topics include the energy cycle, food web, local birds, native plants, water-resource awareness and classroom activities.  Teachers who have attended the workshop before do not have to repeat it, and are still eligible for a field trip using the same application form.  Workshop participants will be informed later of event details.

The Field Trip is a two-hour program in environmental education at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (SBWR) delivered by the education staff at the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM).  The program runs from 10 to 12 pm, and the content is aligned with state standards.  Field trips can accommodate from 45 to 70 students divided into four groups.  Schools must provide at least 4 adult chaperons (one for each group).  Experienced RCD educators will lead the students in a rotation system through the wildlife area.  Activities include identifying plankton with microscopes, observing wildlife with binoculars, testing the water quality of the lake, and learning about native plants.

To maximize the number of students per field trip, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers should apply two per school.  Sixth-grade teachers may apply singly or in pairs.  Among other criteria, selection will be based on (1) the date your application is received, (2) previous student interest, conduct and preparation, (3) proximity to SBWR, and (4) achieving a balance between new and returning schools.

To Apply please follow the instructions on the application form SBEEP.Application.2014.  If you fill it out by hand, please be legible.  For application and scheduling questions, contact Paula Orlovich, San Fernando Valley Audubon Environmental Education Program Chairperson: moc.oohaynull@45peebsaluap.

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Restoring Habitat One Yard at a Time

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by rose

Save the date and time, Saturday June 21st, 2p.m at Woodland Hills Branch Library (22200 Ventura Blvd.)
Come and enjoy our own Alan Pollack presenting on how to create a wildlife habitat in your own back yard. There will also be a virtual tour of his  backyard. Alan, a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat Steward,  is our Audubon at Home chair and a great presenter!