For Nature Education and the Conservation of Wildlife
Four successful Birdathon events have been completed to date:
Carolyn Oppenheimer’s walk at O’Melveny Park on 4/16 yielded 33 species under windy conditions. Her team of 12 volunteers spotted Black-headed Grosbeaks and a Stellar’s Jay!
Karen Johnson also endured strong winds, plus unexpected road and campground closures on her Angeles Crest Highway Loop on 4/20. By mid-afternoon Karen’s crew was exhausted but pleased with their find of 52 species!
Art Langton credits good weather conditions and a lot of good birders walking with him at MalibuCreekState Park on 4/21 for the better than predicted count of 58 species! Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings, and Ash-throated Flycatchers were among the highlights for Art’s group.
John and Andrew Willis once again honored Lori Willis with a memorial Birdathon event in the San Gabriel Mountains on 4/21. Mountain Quail, Western Tanagers, a Green-tailed Towhee, and a White-headed Woodpecker were among the 55 species John and Andrew found under ideal weather conditions and beautiful scenery!
You can donate to the Birdathon fundraiser by sending your contribution to SFVAS, PO Box 7769, Van Nuys, CA91409 or by clicking on the “Donate” button above.
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Carolyn Oppenheimer April 16, O’Melveny Park Probable Species: 35-40
Karen Johnson April 18, Angeles Crest HwyLoop Probable Species: 50
Art Langton April 21, MalibuCreekState Park Probable Species: 50
Jim Moore April 24, AntelopeValley Probable Species: 120
Dick Barth April 27, MorongoValley Probable Species: 65-70
Mark Osokow May 3, Simi Hills & Santa Susana Mts. Probable Species: 65-70
John & Andrew Willis May 4 for Lori Willis Memorial Fund Probable Species: 75
Kris Ohlenkamp May 5, SepulvedaBasin Probable Species: 65-70
Linda Jones May 10, SepulvedaBasin “Big Sit” Probable Species: 30
Allan & Muriel Kotin April 27-28, Greater Los Angeles Area Probable Species: 100
Your Family Team Ask your family and friends to support your birding day!
The “Mean” Team Don’t like picking a favorite? We can let you know the average or “mean” number of bird species from all the Birdathon teams.
To take part in a Birdathon event check the April/May Phainopepla newsletter for dates and meeting information.
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Two ways to send your contribution -
By Check – Make checks out to San Fernando Valley Audubon Society (SFVAS). Send the completed pledge/contribution form to SFVAS, P.O. Box 7769, Van Nuys, CA91409-7769.
On-line - click the donate now button at the top of this screen and email your pledge information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Card for Birdathon – California Audubon Society aka SFV
Plans are underway for the annual Birdathon which will take place during April and May of 2013. The Birdathon is our main fundraising event of the year and involves many activities, all aimed at sighting as many species of birds as possible and collecting donations from generous sponsors. The funds generated by the Birdathon enable SFVAS to host 2,000 school children in the Sepulveda Basin Environmental Education Program, contribute to habitat conservation efforts, and continue the mission to increase public awareness and broaden appreciation of wildlife and the natural environment.
Birdathon activities include many of the regularly scheduled monthly bird-walks as well as several once-a-year marathon, or “Big Day,” events. The Birdathon leaders compete with each other and with themselves, trying to improve on last year’s tallies! But everyone’s a winner when the donations are received and SFVAS has funding to continue its important functions! Two Birdathon events begun in recent years will continue in 2013: the Children’s Birdathon and the Big Sit. The Children’s Birdathon is for junior birders who will participate with their families on a special day, while the Big Sit is for anyone who likes to sit still and let the birds come to them!
Watch for details in the April/May Phainopepla and plan to participate in one or more events! In lieu of a separate mailing, all information, sponsor forms, and donation envelopes will be included in the newsletter and at our website www.sfvaudubon.org
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