by rebecca

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Spring Clean-Up Saturday April 9, 2016 – 8:30-Noon

February 9, 2016 in Conservation, Events by rebecca

Haskell Creek, where it runs through lovely Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, hosts many riparian trees and shrubs, such as cottonwoods and willows.  Songbirds forage and nest in the trees, while egrets and herons fish in this heart of the Wildlife Area.  Sadly it is infested with trash, especially plastic bags, foam cups and food containers.  Please help clean up the mess, restoring our creek! Equipment and Clothing:  You will get muddy and maybe wet.  Please wear rugged clothing and shoes or rubber boots.  If you have them, bring work gloves and long-handled tools to reach trash. Directions: The Wildlife Area is on the east side of Woodley Ave. about a half mile north of Burbank Blvd. Turn east at the sign for the Japanese Garden (6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA. 91406), stay to the right, and follow Wildlife Way beyond the archery range for about a half mile to the last parking area. Meet: at amphitheater behind the rock-faced buildings. More Information:  The event is appropriate for adults and older students.  Students can get certificates and earn community service hours.  Rain cancels. Questions: 310.457-5796 (Muriel) or 818.998-3126 (Diana). Sponsored by San Fernando Valley Audubon In conjunction with Sepulveda
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You Can Help! Drones and Fighting Kites A Danger To People and Wildlife in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area

February 5, 2016 in Conservation by

There are two very serious and pervasive problems occurring in the Sepulveda Basin Woodley Park and Wildlife Areas with illegal ‘drone’ (Unmanned Aircraft System) activity, and kite ‘fighting’, using abrasive kite line (cord). The kite line is extremely dangerous to persons, wildlife and property, not only when the fighting kites are aloft, but when enthusiasts leave behind lost strings they can’t or won’t retrieve. We have already collected huge amounts of kite line from trees in the area. Fighting-kite line is very dangerous to humans. Kite fighting (attempting to sever an opponent’s kite line using your own), is now considered a high risk activity worldwide. Penetrating neck injuries from the string are described in medical journals. The city of Toronto, Canada has banned kite fighting due to severe neck injuries (sometimes lethal) incurred by motorcyclists. It has also been banned in regions of Pakistan for the same reason. There are also many reports of deaths of motorcyclists encountering the high-test, abrasive string. Fighting-kite line is also very dangerous to wildlife, especially birds. Reports on the carnage in India resulting from kite-fighting festivals are abundant. The Indian government has banned kite fighting at certain times to try to mitigate this problem. Wildlife
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Re: NASA Draft EIS

August 2, 2013 in Conservation, SFV Bird Observatory by Bird Bander

     It is important to remember that SFVAS sent a letter to the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) months ago concerning the egregiously excessive clean-up standard NASA agreed to with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.  The OIG concluded that the clean-up provisions in the agreement, entitled the “Administrative Order on Consent” (AOC) were unreasonable.  However, NASA management blithely ignored the OIG’s conclusions in preparing the current DEIS.  The AOC is the underlying justification for this environmentally damaging process, which will result in the trucking of approximately one half million cubic yards of soil, including irreplaceable topsoil, to landfills across the country.  In following this process, NASA is ignoring less environmentally damaging alternatives, including actual risk-based alternatives.

Rim of the Valley Trail – NPS

January 7, 2013 in Conservation by Kris Ohlenkamp

To all whom it may concern: The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, and its 1800+ members, support an expanded Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include a combination of Alternatives C and D. The SMMNRA should be expanded to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor, in addition to protecting the wildlife corridors between the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Susana Mountains, Los Padres National Forest and Santa Clara River Corridor. Inclusion of the Rim of the Valley and completing trail work linking the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys would increase public access to parkland and cultural sites, protect wildlife corridors, and improve management of the Rim of the Valley Trail. Inclusion of the significant natural areas within the valleys; including Sepulveda Basin, Hansen Dam Basin, and the rivers, will serve to spread appreciation and enjoyment of these special areas, as will inclusion of especially significant historical and cultural sites. This then would hopefully lead to improved management of these areas by the local agencies that presently own or manage them. The expansion would provide major recreational and educational enhancements. Access to open spaces, and opportunities to learn about the Los Angeles area’s rich history,
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by Jim

State Senators show their support for Sepulveda Basin’s wildlife

January 4, 2013 in Conservation by Jim

Two state Senators have sent letters to the US Army Corps of Engineers demanding an explanation for the Sepulveda Basin destruction: From The Honorable Fran Pavley, State Senator, 27th District From the Honorable Kevin de León, State Senator, 22nd District    You can read more about their support at the LA Times article Legislators want Army Corps to explain habitat removal decision. Read more about the ongoing situation at our page Stop the Devastation of Sepulveda Basin.

by mvn

Sepulveda Basin Clean-Up Postponed Due to Rain

April 14, 2012 in Conservation by mvn

The Sepulveda Basin is closed due to flooding. We will postpone the event to Saturday morning, April 21 from 8:00 – noon. Hope you can join us for the rescheduled cleanup. Please advise anyone you know who was expecting to help tomorrow know about the postponement. Thanks, Muriel Kotin

by mvn

Conservation Committee Report

February 29, 2012 in Conservation by mvn

In addition to all of the outstanding environmental education programs that SFV Audubon organizes, sponsors, manages and provides volunteers for, we are also very active in preserving, enhancing, and creating valuable wildlife habitat within and adjacent to our local territory (San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys). Your chapter was instrumental in designing and creating the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area in 1980 and all of its additions, enhancements, and renovations since then.  The Sepulveda Basin is still the focus of most of our volunteer efforts.  Every year we conduct a trash cleanup along Haskell Creek with 50 to 150 volunteers.  This year the cleanup will be on April 14.  We have also organized volunteers there to eradicate invasive noxious non-native plants and have planted wildlife benefiting native plants in their place.  We have also successfully installed, and monitor and maintain, several Western Bluebird nest boxes in the area.

Monthly Field Trip – Private Game Farm

January 18, 2012 in Conservation, Events by jaybirder

An excellent spot to observe a wide variety of birds including waterfowl, wetland birds, and raptors. Directions: From the 101 Freeway take the Las Posas Road exit south (left), then Hueneme Road west (right) to Casper Road. Turn south (left) on Casper Road and continue to where the road eventually turns left through a large entrance gate and leads to the preserve compound. We will meet at the compound at 8 a.m. Bring lunch and drinking water. Allow one hour and fifteen minutes driving time from the Valley. Leader is Richard Barth (310) 276-0342.

Check Out Our New Information Here

March 9, 2011 in Conservation, Education by jaybirder

Thanks to our very busy volunteer, Carolyn Oppenheimer, the webpage describing our Education programs has just been updated. Use the Education link on the left or click here. She also coordinates the activities of our College Student Conservation Committee. To learn more about the activities available to those of college age interested in conservation and environmental concerns, visit that link on the left or click here.

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.