General Membership Meeting. Speakers: Mary & Nick Freeman. Topic: Introducing our Southern California Owls

February 12, 2016 in Events by

Thu, February 25, 7pm – 9pm — at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA Mary and Nick will have an overview of the expected owl species that can be found in the myriad of habitats located in Southern California. The Freemans will discuss the behavior of each species, illustrated with photos Mary has taken over the years. From the desert to the coast, owls fill a number of usually nocturnal predatory niches in the various ecosystems that make up southern California. Owls have always been an attraction to birders and non-birders alike. Nick and Mary will finish off the talk with some findings of their post-Station Fire owl surveys in the Angeles National Forest. Mary and Nick Freeman have conducted owl survey work since 2000. They have led weekend-long owling trips to the Southern Sierra Nevada, as well as local owl prowls along the Angeles Crest Highway. They have increased our knowledge of the status and distribution of the owls in our local San Gabriel Mountain range, with their survey work. Some of their survey work is mentioned in the new book, “Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean”
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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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Everyone’s talking about the Superb Owl

February 3, 2016 in Events, Uncategorized by Jackie Wollner

This Sunday Feb 7, you can see owls right here in the San Fernando Valley and they are indeed superb. For several years, a pair of Great Horned Owls have nested in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve during the winter-spring months. The pair was spotted and logged to eBird just a few days ago. Join us for our regular first Sunday of the month birdwalk at the Sepulveda Basin and make it a Superb Owl Sunday. If you want some Superb Owl excitement before the big day, check out the Burrowing Owls that make their home in San Jose, not far from Levi Stadium. Or you can watch live streaming web cams of a nesting Great Horned Owl Pair or Barn Owls. Photos of Great Horned Owls at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve by Scott Logan of Wild Wings Backyard Nature Store. The walk starts at 8:00 am Sunday Feb 7. Directions here.

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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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.

Monthly Field Trip: Upper Newport Bay and San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

December 27, 2011 in Events by jaybirder

Meet at 8:00 a.m. Bring lunch and drinks. Allow about 1.5 hours driving time from the San Fernando Valley. Directions: Take the 405 Fwy. south into Orange County; exit Jamboree Road in the city of Irvine. Turn right (south) on Jamboree Road and proceed about 4 miles to San Joaquin Hills Road, turn right and drive down to the bay. Park on San Joaquin Hills Road just before the dead end. In the afternoon we will bird the nearby San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Leader: Richard Barth (310) 276-0342.

Piute Ponds – Signup Required

August 3, 2011 in Events by jaybirder

Leader: Jim Moore. A good mix of shorebirds and early waterfowl, with a chance at LeConte’s Thrasher and Pectoral Sandpiper. Some great birds here over the years! Possible extension to Lancaster Sewage Ponds or Apollo Park afterwards. Bring lunch, water and sunblock. Likely hot weather, and afternoon wind. High clearance vehicles may be a plus. No cameras on Edwards Airforce Base! This is a joint trip with LAAS. Limited sign-up of 24. Please email Jim at to confirm a space. Directions: Carpool at McDonalds at the Crown Valley exit of the 14 freeway at 7:00 a.m., or meet at the Avenue C gate at 7:45 a.m. To get here, take Hwy 14 N to Avenue D, head E to Sierra Hwy, head N to Avenue C, and go a block E to the gate at the end.

Monthly Field Trip to Chilao

July 23, 2011 in Events by jaybirder

Birding the San Gabriel Mountains along the Angeles Crest. We will look for Hairy and White-headed Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch and many other montane species. Bring lunch and water. Directions: Take the 210 Fwy. east to Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2). Go north for about 45 minutes, look for the Chilao Campground signs and take the second entrance road to the Visitor Center. Your vehicle must exhibit a National Forest Adventure Pass or Golden Age Pass. Leader: Richard Barth, (310) 276-0342.    

Monthly Field Trip to Mt. Pinos

June 3, 2011 in Events by jaybirder

Please note the new, earlier meeting time. Join us for summer montane species such as Fox Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Finch, Hairy Woodpecker and Clark’s Nutcracker. Meet in the parking lot at Iris Meadows. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent and lunch. Directions: From the San Fernando Valley, take I-5 north to the Frazier Park exit. Go west through Frazier Park and continue for about 20 miles up Mount Pinos Road to the end (and parking lot.) Your vehicle must exhibit a National Forest “Adventure Pass” or Golden Age Passport in order for you to park and bird in this area. Leader: Richard Barth, (310) 276-0342.

Monthly Field Trip to Rancho Sierra Vista Preserve

June 3, 2011 in Events by jaybirder

NOTE: Second Saturday and 7:30 AM Start Time We expect to see Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, orioles, flycatchers, raptors, possibly Grasshopper Sparrow. Directions: Take  the Ventura  Freeway  (101)  to  the  Lynn  Road  exit  in  Thousand Oaks. Go south on Lynn Road and proceed 5.3 miles to Via Goleta. Turn left at Via Goleta to the preserve entrance. The main gate officially opens at 8:00 a.m. but a ranger usually opens it much earlier. We will meet at the gate at 7:30, ready to drive down to the parking lot and get an early start. We will bird until about 11:30. Leader: Richard Barth, (310) 276-0342.