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Fete for the Butterflies -Saturday April 26th

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Fete for the Butterflies
Saturday April 26th
2pm – Lecture by Alan Pollack of the Audubon Society
“Restoring Habitat, One Yard at a Time”

Learn about, butterflies, bees, birds, bats and more!
3 pm – musical performance by Ricky Berger

3:30 pm – Screening of the 1906 hand-colored film
‘The Talion Punishment’ by Gaston Velle

4 pm – “Madame Butterfly Re-imagined”
a performance by Jasmine Orpilla

The events are about educating about the importance of biodiversity as a whole and featuring artists that are dedicated to that. The butterflies are our ambassador insects and whats good for the butterflies is good for the birds and vice versa.
Butterfly host plants available for sale in the outdoor area and be fundraising for habitat restoration of Griffith Park.

Brought to you by City Of Butterflies :

5$ donation – Kids Free – Tapas and Drinks
at El Cid 4212 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

College Students and Young Adults Partnering for California Condors

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Habitat Works – May 4th
Habitat Works is a non-profit all volunteer organization that performs several hands-on habitat restoration and improvement projects in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. SFVAS has donated to this organization for the last few years and some of our members have volunteered with them to remove barbed wire, clear trails, uproot invasive Tamarisk and other projects. Please consider contacting them directly for information regarding this and future activities. Kris Ohlenkamp plans on attending this micro-trash pickup on May 10th or 11th and would love to have other Audubon members (or non-members) join him. He can be reached at kris.ohlenkamp at for further information and carpool directions. Other dates for micro trash clean ups include May 24 and 31 and June 1, 7 and 8.

Board Nominations Announced

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates to serve on the Board of Directors of San Fernando Valley Audubon Society for our 2014–2015 year which begins on July 1, 2014.  

Officers  (2-year terms):

  • President: Rose Leibowitz *
  • 1st VP:  Heather Medvitz *
  • 2nd VP:  Diana Keeney *
  • Corresponding Secretary:  Becky Arntzen *
  • Treasurer Pat Bates and Recording Secretary Lynn Maddox will serve the second year of their terms.

Board Members at Large:

  • 3rd Year Board: Scott Logan (cont.) and Paula Orlovich (cont.)
  • 2nd Year Board: Dave Collins (cont.) and Jackie Wollner *
  • 1st Year Board:  Jim Houghton * and Jeanne Kolasz *

* Names followed by an asterisk (*) will be elected this May.

Officers are elected for two year terms, with a limit of four continuous years in one office.  The term of a first-year board member at large is three years, second-year is two years, and third-year is one year.

The election will be held at the May 22 meeting and installation will take place at the June 26 potluck meeting.

We thank all SFVAS members who have served the chapter in any capacity.  We invite those of you with an interest in becoming more active in chapter activities to let the officers or nominating committee know.

Nominations Committee:  Dottie Ecker, Rebecca LeVine, Carolyn Oppenheimer, and Chair Muriel Kotin


Sunday, March 30th, 2014

SSFL Clean-up Contacts_from slide presentation
“Two federal agencies, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), are poised to embark on an extremely environmentally destructive clean-up of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in the Simi Hills west of Chatsworth that will also threten the health and safety of residents and visitors in the western San Fernando Valley and the viability of communities themselves. The clean-up, which will be done in accordance with agreements signed with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the regulatory authority in charge, will involve the excavation of millions of cubic yards of soil now supporting wildlife at SSFL and transport of that soil through western San Fernando Valley neighborhoods.”

Mark Osokow

The April/May 2014 Phainopepla is now online!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The latest issue is now online.  April May 2014 Phainopepla  Check out the Calendar for Birdathon Events. Learn about our NEW Young Birder’s Group. Join us on one of our many Bird Walks. Enjoy Spring!