Birdathon 2015 is off to a great start

April 11, 2015 in Annual Birdathon, Programs by thomas barillier

by Jeanne Kolasz Taking place on various dates throughout April and May,  the annual SFVAS Birdathon puts the  “fun” in fundraiser!  Birdathon leaders engage in friendly competition with each other and with themselves,  trying to improve on last year’s species counts.  But everyone is a winner when the donations  are received and SFVAS has funding to continue it’s important functions.  Anyone can participate in this important fundraising event by pledging sponsorship to one or more of the team leaders listed on the Pledge/Contribution form and submitting donations to SFVAS You can also join in on several of the Birdathon events,  lending your eyes and ears to maximize the species counts. Birdathon leaders welcome your participation in their efforts at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve  on April 5th. (Kris Ohlenkamp),  Malibu Creek State Park on April 19th. (Art Langdon),  and O’Melveny Park on April 21(Carolyn Oppenheimer).  Also,  Jim Moore welcomes you to join him at  the Antelope Valley Big Day on April 22th. and Richard Barth looks forward to seeing you at the Morongo Valley Field Trip April 25th.  Look for details about these activities in the Calendar of Events. The Children’s  Birdathon is for junior birders who will participate with their
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General Membership Meeting: SPECIAL Field Trip to the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

September 23, 2011 in Programs by jaybirder

See page two of the October 2011 issue of the Phainopepla for more information about this event Directions: From the San Fernando Valley, take Hwy. 101 to Pleasant Valley/Santa Rosa Road exit in Camarillo, turn left at the end of the off-ramp, going back over the freeway. Follow Pleasant Valley west for 2 miles to where it crosses Lewis Road (at a signal). Move to the right lane and continue heading west on Pleasant Valley to the second street on the right, Calle San Pablo. (If you cross the railroad tracks, you have gone too far.) Turn right on Calle San Pablo. The foundation is the fifth building on the left (439 Calle San Pablo).  

Guy Commeau Presents…

September 21, 2011 in Programs by jaybirder

Flora and Fauna of Alaska and Victoria Come to the SFVAS Membership Meeting Thursday night, September 22, 2011, 7:00 PM at the Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Guy is an exceptional photographer, birder and traveler who spent six months in Alaska and will be sharing his Alaskan adventures with us through his stories and photography. Guy is well known to our Audubon Chapter and many others from his presentations in the past. Guy will show us the beautiful Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island.  We will see shots from the Pribilof Islands where Guy encountered Jon Dunn and some exceptional birds.  We’ll hear about and view his encounters with a wolf and other mammals and enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan countryside.

Walter Sakai presents: Bird Banding in Zuma Canyon: An Update

January 21, 2011 in Programs by jaybirder

Walter Sakai is a Master Bird Bander who has been banding birds in Zuma Canyon since 1995. Bird banding allows us to learn about migration patterns, population changes, mortality, longevity, feeding behaviors and territoriality of birds. Walt’s emphasis is on teaching students how to band birds. Thus, most of his help comes from Santa Monica College where he teaches biology, but he has other volunteers as well. Because Walt’s emphasis is on teaching, his banding covers a wide variety of habitats. Walt and his students generally band 60-80 species each year, including 1000-1500 individual birds. You can find some very interesting information on his homepage. Walt was recently awarded $1000 from Los Angeles Audubon Society and $500 from Santa Monica Bay Audubon to start and operate a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survival) bird banding station in Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. Come to the monthly membership meeting on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Click here for details.

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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General Membership Meeting

September 26, 2010 in Events, Programs by jaybirder

Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Located between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd., on the west side of Balboa, just south of the Presbyterian Church. Come early for social hour. Our speaker Mike Prather will discuss “Owens Lake—A Globally Significant Shorebird IBA in the Making.” See “Program Notes” on page 1 of the October Phainopepla.

Annual Potluck and Members’ Slideshow

June 6, 2010 in Programs by jaybirder

Thursday, June 24, 2010. 6:30 p.m. Meet 6:30–7:00 p.m. for setup and social time, followed by dinner, installation of officers for 2010–2011, and program. Culinary delights and photo adventures by SFVAS members for SFVAS members! Plan to join in the potluck by bringing one of the following: a main dish, salad, rolls, or dessert to serve 6–8 people. Bring your own plate, cup and eating utensils. Beverages will be provided. The evening’s program will feature presentations from our own talented photographer members sharing their best photos. All are invited to participate. Please limit the number of images to 20 or less. Presenters must narrate. Possibilities are birds, nature, vacations, field trips, or backyard natural wonders. Don’t miss this always-enjoyable annual get-together of friends, food and photos as our activity year draws to a close. See Calendar Section for directions. For more information, call Jeanne Polak-Recht, (818) 831-2438.

SFVAS Annual Awards Banquet

January 2, 2010 in Community, Conservation, Programs by jaybirder

Friday, March 5, 2010, Airtel Plaza Hotel, 6:00 p.m. Featured speaker: Richard W. Halsey Richard W. Halsey is the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization focusing on the ecology of California’s shrubland plant communities, wildland fire, and how Mediterranean-type ecosystems have helped shape human culture. He has given more than 300 presentations over the past five years concerning chaparral ecology, how communities can adapt to fire-prone environments, and the importance of nature education. Mr. Halsey also provides living history performances focusing on the Middle East in the 1100s and California in the 1800s. He taught biology for over thirty years in both public and private schools and was honored as Teacher of the Year for San Diego City Schools in 1991. Mr. Halsey also works with the San Diego Museum of Natural History, publishes The Chaparralian, a journal focusing on chaparral and wildfire issues, and continues to teach natural history throughout the state. Mr. Halsey earned undergraduate degrees from the University of California in environmental studies and anthropology. During graduate work he received teaching credentials in life, physical and social science and a masters in education. He has also been trained as a Type II
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General Membership Meeting Features Guy Commeau

January 2, 2010 in Events, Programs by jaybirder

Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Located between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd., on the west side of Balboa, just south of the Presbyterian Church. Come early for social hour. Guy Commeau, naturalist, world traveler, photographer, LA Zoo volunteer will once again present a program of his latest travels and adventures. An excellent photographer with an artistic bent, he will entertain us with his exciting adventures and photographs. Please see the Calendar Section for directions.

General Membership Meeting

November 20, 2009 in Community, Programs by jaybirder

NOTE: In lieu of the regular November and December General Membership meetings, there will be a single meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 7 PM at the Encino Community Center. Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino.  Located between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd., on the west side of Balboa, just south of the Presbyterian Church.  Come early for social hour. Our speaker will be Dave Weeshoff who will speak on Svalbard – Land of Polar Bears, Walruses and Birds. Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe, about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. The archipelago is the northernmost part of Norway. Dave will present us with a photographic journey of his trip to the Arctic complete with fascinating descriptions and anecdotes of a land seldom seen.