Angelfest At a Tipping Point!

April 30, 2016 in Community, Conservation by

Angelfest 2017 is still not a “done deal,” but it’s getting closer! Many concerned citizens believe the cancellation of Angelfest 2016 means, “Problem Solved.” That mindset works in the festival promoters’ favor. They’re putting a full-court press on the Army Corps of Engineers to waive its policies concerning huge crowds in the Sepulveda Basin; policies against profit-making in the park, and policies limiting decibel levels, limiting hours of operation, and limiting proximity to the Wildlife Reserve — policies that have been worked out between the Corps and the community over many years.  This is happening right now, not next year. Now is the time for the community to put maximum energy into stopping Angelfest 2017 in Woodley Park, to demand that promoters and the Recreation and Parks Department find another venue for their event! The Army Corps could waive their own policies, allowing Angelfest to proceed, as soon as June of this year. At that point our battle becomes longer and harder. Please, if you haven’t signed San Fernando Valley Audubon Society’s online petition, do so now. If you haven’t written your elected representatives — all of them — please take the time to do so now. You can send the same email to each and
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April 28 — General Membership Meeting — and Parrots!

April 16, 2016 in Community by

SPEAKER TOPIC: Identify Parrots in our “Urban Jungle” SPEAKER: Karen Mabb. Karen Mabb, M.S., Biological Sciences, is the heart of the California Parrot Project. Her dedicated research; compilation and analysis of data spanning more than a decade has lead to a comprehensive understanding of wild parrot populations in California. In 2003, Karen published her Masters Thesis on Naturalized Parrot Roost Flock Characteristics and Habitat Utilization in a Suburban Area of Los Angeles County. We meet at San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA, (818) 697-5525. Enjoy the art gallery and shop our sales table. Directions: Located between White Oak and Reseda Blvd. In order to park, it is recommeded to go on Etiwanda Avenue and turn into the parking area up the alley behind the center.Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, 91356 at the Southwest corner of Oxnard and Etiwanda (1/4 mile east of Reseda Blvd.)  If you use navigation on your car, computer or phone, enter the address — 18312 Oxnard — not the description of the location (“San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center”). It is recommended you enter the parking area in the rear from the alley off Etiwanda – go left into the parking
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March 10, 2016 in Community, Conservation by

First thing to know: This is not a “done deal”. Now is the time when our input counts the most! There are two reasons the LA Recreation and Parks Department negotiated with AngelFest promoters behind closed doors for well over two years: 1) Money. 2) You. They knew Angelfest would be seen as a completely inappropriate use of Woodley Park. Why? Because an event with five stages and up to 65,000 attendees a day is just that. So they waited as long as they possibly could to let the public see what they’d been up to. The cash-strapped Rec-and-Parks Dept. were told that for the promoters to give them a “cut of the gate,” Angelfest had to be held in a city park. Never mind that Live 8 (2005), the promoters’ claim to expertise in the field of large events, raised money for Africa and was held in Philadelphia, PA. Lesson? You can raise money for anyone, anywhere. Angelfest doesn’t need to be in Woodley Park, home to the only designated inland Wildlife Reserve in Los Angeles County. We need to show we’re not fooled! Two years ago Live Nation, the biggest mega-event company in the world, put down $500,000 to stage a festival in Grand Park, downtown.
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Drones In The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve — the Next Chapter and A Call to Action!

February 23, 2016 in Community, Conservation by

Saturday, 2/20, late afternoon a recently-hatched great horned owlet was found in bad shape at the base of the nesting tree. Unfortunately it did not survive. This tree is adjacent to where most drone flying in the Basin has been taking place. While emphasizing that we can’t prove there’s a connection, it must be noted that this is the first-ever nestling to fall from the nest since the big birds started breeding in this area several years ago, and that the most apparent difference between this and other years is the presence of drones.     This picture is what the dead owlet really looked like (pic on main page less shocking) and an idea of how tiny it was. Whether the mother was spooked by a drone and as a result the hatchling was knocked out of the nest or not, we should still treat this small tragedy as a warning about the sorts of things that drones and fighting kites are capable of. We should resolve that permanent signage and enforcement be put in place before — not after — there is a similar fatality that undeniably involves one of these activities so inappropriate to a wildlife reserve.
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Welcoming the Antelope Valley Sub-chapter to Our Website and Our Community

February 10, 2016 in Community by

Our Antelope Valley sub-chapter meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Prime Desert Woodland Reserve in Lancaster (35th St W and Avenue K.) We will be posting details of their meetings on our website in coming months. In the meantime, check out this collage of photos of birds taken at the reserve by member Patrick Saatzer.

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.