Christmas Bird Count, December 20, 2014

Posted on December 1st, 2014 by rose

When you read the current copy of The Phainopepla, you will see that our Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday, December 20. This is an important event and all eyes are welcome to help us get an accurate census of the birds in our area. We hope you will join us!

As you can see, we have several counts in different places led by different leaders. If possible we ask you to e-mail the leader for the area you choose in advance so that s/he knows how many helpers to expect and can plan accordingly.

That evening we will be having a social event  to collate the results and wish ourselves a happy holiday season in the home of one of our members. It will be from 5:30 p.m. to around 8:00 p.m. Details about how to e-mail to confirm that you intend to attend and to get the address are also in The Phainopepla. If you birded all day, we will treat you, but if you have the time, especially if you did not bird at all but wish to attend, we do ask you to bring a dish.

See you on the 20th

The December14 / January15 Phainopepla is now Online

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by rebecca

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The October / November Phainopepla Newsletter is Now Online!

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by rebecca

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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!