by rebecca

I Count! Do you?

November 13, 2013 in Community, Events by rebecca

2013 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Saturday, December 21, 2013 Birders Needed! 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
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Why Do Birds Fall from the Sky?

January 11, 2011 in Community, Conservation, Rehabilitation by jaybirder

With several occurrences of such phenomena hitting the national media last week, some of you may be interested to know more information about such seemingly bizarre behavior. Well, someone has compiled a great deal of info on the “Birds Fall from the Sky” website to sate the desires of those seeking more on the subject. Thanks to Serena Castleton for calling this site to our attention.

SFV Audubon on the REI Giving Tree

December 8, 2010 in Community, Education by jaybirder

For the Gear-Head on Your Shopping List San Fernando Valley Audubon Society is happy to announce that we are one of this year’s beneficiaries of the Northridge REI store’s Giving Tree campaign. During the holidays, REI gives back to the local non-profits they support by collecting donations and promoting volunteer opportunities. By helping us get the word out about the work that we do, REI is going the extra mile to help programs at the grassroots level that get kids outdoors.  We are so thankful for their support. Please think of REI during your holiday gift buying.  The Giving Tree campaign runs from Dec. 1 -26. The Northridge store is located at 18605 Devonshire St. (Editor’s note: It really is the ultimate gear-head paradise.)

Mike Prather to Speak at General Membership Meeting

October 19, 2010 in Community, Programs by jaybirder

TOPIC: “Owens Lake—A Globally Significant Shorebird IBA in the Making” An enormous wildlife resource has returned to Owens Lake, once a migration stopover for tens of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl that was lost nearly 100 years ago. The lake was dried as a result of water gathering by the City of Los Angeles, but now is receiving careful application of water by LADWP to control the regional dust storms born with the lake’s death. Roughly 40 square miles of Owens Lake playa are covered with shallow ponds or sheet flooding resulting in thousands of acres of rich feeding habitat for sandpipers, Snowy Plovers, ducks, and geese. In 2001 Bird Life International designated Owens Lake a nationally significant Important Bird Area (IBA.) Creation of a collaborative lake-wide conservation action plan was begun by Eastern Sierra Audubon and Audubon CA in partnership with LADWP, Department of Fish and Game and the State Lands Commission. This process has grown into a larger effort to design an Owens Lake ‘Master Plan’ that would seek to save water for the City of Los Angeles in return for large tracts of designated habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl. Today birders and wildlife watchers are visiting the
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Chapter Urges Support for California Desert Protection Act of 2010

September 24, 2010 in Community, Conservation by jaybirder

SFVAS Conservation Chair, Kris Ohlenkamp sent a letter to Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and to Congresspersons Howard Berman, Brad Sherman and Henry Waxman, urging them to support this measure. “The CDPA of 2010 is landmark legislation that would protect wildlife habitat, preserve open space, and enhance recreational opportunities while supporting responsible renewable energy development and the ability of the military to protect the United States of America,” Ohlenkamp writes. The act would provide additional protections to Big Morongo Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park, among other proposals. You can find the complete text of the letter here.

Bull Creek Nature Walk

September 16, 2010 in Community, Events by jaybirder

Join us to learn about the Bull Creek Restoration Project just west of  Balboa Lake. Enter Beilenson Park from Balboa Boulevard, south of Victory, and park in the overflow dirt parking lot of the left side of the entry road. Meet there at 9:00 AM. See the flyer for more information. Contacts: Muriel Kotin, 310-457-5796 or Linda Jones, 818-831-6061.

Bird Walk, Santa Susana State Historical Park

September 16, 2010 in Community, Events by jaybirder

SFVAS and the Santa Susana Mountain Parks Association are jointly sponsoring a bird walk in Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.  This is the first time an organized bird walk is being held in this under-studied park, so unusual observations are very possible. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Larwin St. gate. (From Topanga Canyon Bl. and Devonshire St., take Devonshire St. west until just before it ends.  Turn left on Larwin St. and park under the overhead power lines.)  There will be a short car shuttle available to the end of the loop at the Andorra gate.  Wear sturdy boots, and bring water.  Some trails along the loop may be steep but are in good condition, and we will follow an easy pace. For further information, e-mail the leader,

Introduction to Ornithology class offered by WFVZ

August 10, 2010 in Community, Education by jaybirder

Here’s an announcement from Dr. Kuehn of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology that missed the August/September issue of the Phainopepla. Please respond directly to him if you are interested. Introduction to Ornithology September 27 through the week of November 15, 2010 Taught by Dr. Linnea Hall and Mr. René Corado. An 8-week course on the diversity, ecology, evolution, and taxonomy of the birds of North America, with an emphasis on identifying the birds of southern California. One 1.5-hour lecture and one 3-hour museum or field lab weekly. Individual classes also may be taken; contact the WFVZ (805/388-9944) for more information and pricing. Whole course price:  $420 for currently enrolled college students and WFVZ Volunteers; $560 for WFVZ Members; $750 for non-members. Michael J. Kuehn, Ph.D Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 439 Calle San Pablo Camarillo, CA 93012 (805) 388-9944 Marine Science Institute University of California Santa Barbara California 93106 Office: (805) 893-2532 Cell: (805) 705-2172 Email: or


August 5, 2010 in Community, Conservation by jaybirder

Did you know that 52 Audubon California Important Bird Areas are at least partially owned by California State Parks, totaling 156,000 acres? Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy,  Save the Redwood League and California State Parks Foundation are sponsors of The State Parks & Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act (“State Parks Initiative”) appearing on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot as Proposition 21. Prop 21 works like this- Vehicles registered in California will get a free, year round day use admission to all California state parks in exchange for a new annual $18 vehicle license fee, a considerable savings if you go to more than two State parks in a year. The funding will provide a stable, reliable and adequate source of funding for the state park system, for wildlife conservation and for increased and equitable access to those resources for all Californians. The parks budget will no longer be subject to cuts by the legislature or the Governor, the Trust Fund cannot be borrowed from or raided, and our state Parks can begin work on acquisitions and deferred maintenance once the funds become available. The passage of this proposition is a conservation legacy that all of us Audubon members in
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T-shirt Sale to Benefit Audubon Programs

June 6, 2010 in Community, Uncategorized by jaybirder

For a limited time only, San Fernando Valley Audubon is offering printed T-shirts for sale in four new designs:  Birds in Blue, Hummingbirds, Red-tailed Hawk, and Skyprints. Shirts are 100% cotton, preshrunk, printed with PVC-free water-based ink, and are available in a variety of sizes (S-XL) and styles (short-sleeve, long-sleeve, and ladies cut). All proceeds from this sale will benefit the conservation and education programs of San Fernando Valley Audubon Society. Please use the order form to view the designs and to pre-order the designs, styles, and sizes you want.  Shirts will be available for pick-up at the September 23 meeting of SFVAS.  No payment is required until shirts are picked-up in September. Send orders via email to or US Mail to Diana Keeney, PO Box 7769, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Last date to order is July 31, 2010.