The August / September Phainopepla is now Online!

Posted on July 26th, 2014 by rebecca

Click here for the latest issue : August September 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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Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by rose

Please come to our annual Pot Luck event on Thursday evening at the Encino Community Center from 7:00p.m. It is an opportunity to reconnect with people you birder with during the year, play games, see pictures, eat food and generally enjoy yourself!

Last Call for the Phainopepla Club!

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by rose

If you have taken up the challenge to record your Los Angeles County bird sightings from July 2013 to June 2014 on e-bird, now is the time to send in the evidence of your sightings and be acknowledged for your progress!
Here is how:
1. Log your sightings at

2. Create a report by the following path:
a. Select the Explore Data tab
b. Under Summary Tables at the bottom of the page select My Observation
c. Create a Year Report to start July 1, 2013
d. Select the LA County locations of your sightings
e. Print or download the report showing the Date and Total number of species.

3. E-mail the report to gro.nobuduavfsnull@yeneek.anaid

4. Attend the PotLuck on June 26th and receive accolades and encouragement from fellow birders!

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!