All SFV Bird Observatory Announcements

Bird Species Observed At Santa Susana Field Laboratory From April, 2010 Through November, 2014

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Notice of availability for NASA Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory clean-up

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Notes to NASA EIS announcement

     The message below announces the availability of the NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) pertaining to the clean-up of the NASA-administered portions of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (also known as Rocketdyne).

  SFVAS believes this DEIS contains major deficiencies, primarily due to the approach to the clean-up, which requires the removal, transport and disposal of one-half million tons of soil.

   Among the flaws in the resulting DEIS are the failure to consider alternative clean-up proposals, ignoring the function of the NASA property as a wildlife corridor connecting the Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains, and underestimates of bird usage of the area from studies that ignore the work of SFVAS’s San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory on neighboring portions of the site.

  Please attend the upcoming meetings, announced below.  Ask questions, express your displeasure about the DEIS, and send NASA your comments in writing. 

Notice of availability for NASA Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory clean


For additional information contact Mark Osokow at – gro.nouduavfsnull@wokosO.kraM.

Re: NASA Draft EIS

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

     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.

SFVAS Establishes Bird Observatory

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society has established a Bird Observatory (The San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory). Organized by biologist and master bird-bander, Mark Osokow, its purpose is to conduct research on birds in and around the San Fernando Valley.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in research on birds, including bird banding, contact Mark and the SFVBO at SFVBirdObservatory@sfvaudubon.x (replace x with org). Watch for more information on this effort in the near future.

The photos here show two male House Finches.  The House Finch is California’s most numerous bird species and is also the most variable in color.  Males range from having bright strawberry colored breasts and throats to those with dull yellowish color so restricted that they are barely distinguishable from females — even when held in the hand!  The function of this color variation in House Finches, and other species as well, remains an active area of ornithological research.