Join us for a family and beginners bird walk in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. 9-11 am December 14th, rain cancels. Meet at the amphitheater at the Sepulveda basin Wildlife Reserve, 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Call 818 998-3216 or 310 457-5796 for more information.
San Fernando Valley Audubon Society has received $4,000 from the Encino Neighborhood Council. The $4,000 is for SFVAS’ Sepulveda Basin Envirnomental Education Program.
Thank you Encino Neighborhood Council for your help and support.
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2013 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Once again this year, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will once again join chapters across the country and in North and South America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean and take part in the National Audubon Society’s 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count.
The initial San Fernando Valley CBC was held in 1957 and this will represent our 56 successive CBC. Over the years there have been some interesting changes in bird populations in the count circle as it has transitioned into a more suburban area. Last year, thanks to helpful weather and the 42 counters, we tallied 140 species, our highest total since 1995, but well short of our record count of 160 species in 1993. To approach that record, we need more birders joining established count sectors.
Extensive birding experience is not a prerequisite, only a willingness to come out and count—wind, rain, or shine. Those unable to join one of the count groups may assist by noting species and numbers of birds at backyard feeders local parks and neighborhoods provided such counts take place within a 7.5 mile radius circle from the count center at the intersection of Balboa and Nordhoff. Please report all such counts along with the time spent observing to the compiler by post, or e-mail (moc.rr.lacosnull@eroommij) no later than and preferably before January 14, 2014.
Count participation is FREE and open to all. Traditional count sectors are listed below.
Hansen Dam and Vicinity. Meeting time: 7:00 AM
From the intersection of Osborne and Glenoaks, go north on Osborne to Dronfield (signal), turn right on Dronfield and enter park. Proceed downhill to large parking lot. Look for counters with binoculars. Bring lunch, drink, and be prepared to walk. Leader: Jim Moore, moc.rr.lacosnull@eroommij or (661) 317-1600.
Bee Canyon and O’Melveny Park. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
From the intersection of Balboa and Rinaldi, go north to Balboa and Sesnon. Turn left (west) on Sesnon and continue 1/2 mile. Park is on the right. Meet in the parking lot. Leaders: Ron Melin, moc.liamgnull@nilem2re & Tracy Drake, vog.acecnarrotnull@ekardt.
Sepulveda Wildlife Basin & Lake Balboa. Meeting time: 7:30 AM
Meet in the parking lot east of Woodley Avenue, north of Burbank Blvd. and south of the Tillman Water Treatment Plant. Bring lunch, drink. Leader: Kris Ohlenkamp, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limekiln Canyon. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
Meet on the south side of Chatsworth Street, a half block west of Tampa. Park on the north side of the street. Leader: Carolyn Oppenheimer, email@example.com.
Pierce College. Meeting time 8:00 AM
Meet at the corner of Victory Blvd and DeSoto. Leader: John Lobel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chatsworth Reservoir. Meeting time 8:00 AM
This sector is tentative, pending approval by DWP. Check with the leader before showing up. Meet at the gate on Valley Circle Blvd., just west of the junction of Plummer and Valley Circle Blvd. Leader: Art Langton, ten.ttanull@titnerw.
Bull Creek & west of Balboa Park. Meeting time 8:30 AM
Enter the park at the entrance road on the east side of Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd. Meet in the small, paved handicapped and bus parking area in the dirt overflow parking lot between Balboa Blvd and Lake Balboa. Leader: Allan and Muriel Kotin, ten.knilhtraenull@nitoka.
Reseda Park & Los Encinos State Historic Park. Meeting time 8:00 AM
Meet in the parking off Victory Blvd, at the east end of Reseda Park. Leader: Pat Bates, email@example.com.
Chatsworth Park, Oakwood Cemetery & other nearby parks. Meeting time 7:00 AM
Meet at McDonalds on the corner of Roscoe and Topanga. Leader: Jim Hardesty, ten.ttanull@ytsedrahnj.
Want to play a role in collecting crucial conservation information? Sign up to participate in the Christmas Bird Count todayPosted on November 12th, 2013 by ann
• The Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes more than 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,300 locations across the Western Hemisphere, from above the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
The CBC harnesses the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone. Every local count is part of this vast volunteer network and continues a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years.
•The Audubon Christmas Bird Count shapes conservation results.
The CBC isn’t just about counting birds, it’s about checking the pulse of the ecosystem we share and delivering practical conservation results based on what we find. As one of the longest-running crowd-sourced wildlife surveys in the world, the CBC is a rich source of information for making decisions about how to protect birds and the habitats we share with them.
•Recent changes to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count have made it more accessible and effective than ever.
We dropped participation fees, made materials available in Spanish, went all digital and are adding additional citizen science programs at other times of the year.
•The Christmas Bird Count tells us that birds are already reacting to climate change.
Audubon’s 2009 Birds and Climate Change report, based on 40 years of CBC data, showed that 177 of 305 species studied have shifted their winter ranges north by an average of 35 miles. Continued gathering and analysis of data will be crucial as we seek to understand our changing climate and help birds survive and adapt.
•Support Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. Whether by getting out and counting (a great, family-friendly holiday tradition), or finding other ways to get involved, we invite people to become involved. For those who can’t count this year, here are other things to consider: Donate to support the CBC; Sign up to learn about other citizen science projects throughout the year; Visit the San Fernando Valley Audubon chapter;
Join a community of other bird-lovers on the SFV Audubon Facebook page.
• And of course, talk about your personal CBC experience, what you hope to see or have seen locally and how it fits into the broader context.