General Membership Meeting: Thursday, October 23. 7:30 pm Encino Community Center

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by rebecca

Speaker: Mathew Tekulsky, author and bird photographer  Mathew

Topic: Backyard Photography

Fans of birdwatchingwill rejoice with Backyard Bird Photography (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014), a guide for learning how to set up your backyard in order to take the best photographs of your local birds. In addition to guiding you through the first steps of setting up your plantings and birdfeeders, this book describes the types of photographic equipment you will need to get just the right image; how to maneuver yourself into just the right position to create a quality bird photograph; how to compose your shots for the greatest visual effect; and how to use more advanced techniques such as macro lenses and external flash techniques.

Author and bird photographer Mathew Tekulsky breaks down the challenges of photographing these beautiful creatures and explains how utilizing your own natural surroundings can create stunning images that rival those taken in the wild. Tekulsky explains that when your garden is set up as a tiny oasis for these feathered friends—with the right foliage, water sources, and feeders—then your backyard will be frequented by a variety of species on any given day. With tips for gaining the bird’strust and forcomposition, every photograph will come out a stunner.

Mathew Tekulsky is the author of Backyard Bird Photography, The Hummingbird Garden, and The Butterfly Garden, among other books. He is also the author of The Birdman of Bel Air, a column at featuring essays about his birding experiences. His bird photographs have been published in field guides and have been displayed in galleries and museums. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History will exhibit his backyard bird images from January 13 through March 8, 2015.

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.

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by rebecca

San Fernando Audubon Society

Invites you to the

Lake Balboa Park & L.A. River Fall Clean-Up

Date/Time: Sunday, October 26. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon.

Where: South West exit of Lake Balboa near

Universal Access Baseball Diamonds

Parking: Lake Balboa Park

Participants will follow the trails leading out of the South exit of Lake Balboa where the waterway drains into the LA River and clear trash down to the Burbank Blvd. overpass. Permitted boaters will clean the waterways along the L.A. River and others will clear trash along the trail and sightseeing areas.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children ages 8-12 with the most trash in weight

win four tickets to Universal Studios!

Parks and Rec will provide bags and removal

Please dress responsibly considering the weather.

Thick socks, boots/hiking shoes, gloves, hat, and bring sun block.

The formal rallying point including all updates is Lake Balboa L.A. River 2014 Fall Cleanup on Facebook:


Bird Fest at King Gillette Ranch – Everyone is invited! FREE!!

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by rebecca

Saturday October 18


Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center King Gillette Ranch

26876 Mulholland Hwy Calabasas, CA 91302

A day to celebrate the bird! See live birds, take a guided bird walk, and meet representatives from local bird-friendly agencies such as the Audubon Society, International Bird Rescue, Heal the Bay, and California Wildlife Center. Children’s activities, Food, and more!

* Guided Bird Walks – starting at 9:00 am; last walk 11:00 am  (10 am walk geared toward families with kids)

Live Bird Program:  11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm – The Nature of Wildworks

* Speaker Programs:

  10 am – The Plight of the California Condors – Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, Community Hiking Club

· 11 am – Climate Change in Southern Calfornia: What will Happen to Your Favorite Birds? – Katy Delaney, National Park Service

· 12 noon – Common Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains: Sights & Sounds – Don Klabunde, Conejo Valley Audubon

· 1 pm – Beginner Birders: How to Maximize Your Sightings – Anthony Bevilacqua, National Park Service

· 2 pm – Restoring Habitat, One Yard at a Time – Alan Pollack, San Fernando Valley Audubon, National Wildlife Federation

· 3 pm – Malibu Creek: It’s for the Birds – Art Langton, San Fernando Valley Audubon

For more info call 805-370-2302 or e-mail gro.apnwnull@omas The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center is operated by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. Your purchases help support national parks across the West Bird Fest Of the Santa Monica Mountains.

* Representatives from these Groups:

California Wildlife Center
Channel Islands National Park
Conejo Valley Audubon Society
Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains
Friends of the Los Angeles River
Heal the Bay
International Bird Rescue
Kirsty Iredale, potter
Mike Maki, falconer
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
Kerry Perkins, wildlife photographer
Alan Pollack, M.D., Wildlife Habitat Steward
Resource Conservation District
San Fernando Valley Audubon Society
Topanga Canyon Docents
Mathew Tekulsky, Backyard Bird Photography
Viewpoint School
Western National Parks Association
Wild Birds Unlimited, Thousand Oaks
Wild Wings Backyard Nature Store, Sherman Oaks
Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes
Food truck – Greenz on Wheelz

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