Celebrate National Public Lands Appreciation Day

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by rebecca

 San Fernando Valley Audubon Invites you to celebrate

National Public Lands Appreciation Day

With a Free Tour of the

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

Saturday September 27, 9:00 AM Sharp

 This is a special opportunity to see the lovely Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve with a guide. San Fernando Valley Audubon will provide several knowledgeable guides so that participants can be in a group with similar interests.  We anticipate that some people will want a longer walk, some shorter.  Some will want to focus on the birdlife, some on the plants and habitat, and others will just want to see this special place. The Young Birders Group of avid young birdwatchers and their families will be on hand and will welcome those with similar interests.

Expert Kris Ohlenkamp will lead a longer tour through the North Wildlife Reserve into our original Wildlife Area, south of Burbank Boulevard, which suffered dramatic disturbance two years ago.

Meeting Place: The Wildlife Area entrance and amphitheater are in the southeast part of Woodley Park. Meet at the amphitheater at 9:00 AM.

Directions:Turn north from Burbank Bl. onto Woodley Ave., which is ½ mile west of the San Diego Freeway (I-405).  Travel about ½ mile to the second possible right turn and turn east (right) at the sign for the Wildlife Reserve.  Bear right at the fork in the road and go east ½ mile to the Wildlife Area parking.  Walk south past the monumental rocks and restroom building to the amphitheater.

Equipment and Clothing:Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Water, a cap or hat with a brim, and binoculars or camera are suggested.

More Information:Muriel at 310.457-5796, Diana at 818.998-3216 or visit San Fernando Valley Audubon’s website www.sfvaudubon.org.


2014 Conservation Awards Banquet – Order Your Tickets Online Today!

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by rebecca

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:  $45.00 (including tax/tip) for reservations received by October 15

  $50 after October 15.

 Meal Choices: Chicken Marsala       Roast Beef     Pasta Primavera

Pay online via PayPal at our website (www.SFVAudubon.org).  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 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.

For more information about Audubon programs visit www.sfvaudubon.org.

For more information about RCD programs visit: www.rcdsmm.org/education.



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!