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

February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized 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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Please Note: The Correct Address for the March 5, 2016, Awards Luncheon is: The Lake House, 6331 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406

February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized by rebecca

Located in the Woodley Lakes Golf Course 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Make your reservations TODAY!

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.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled — American Robins and Cedar Waxwings Are In Town!

February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized by

This is the time of year when American Robins gather into large flocks and Cedar Waxwings come South to stay warm. If you see a tight-knit flock of medium-small birds cruising around, quite likely they’re CEWAs. Follow them to their landing spot and get a special treat. The AMROs spend a lot of time in the trees yakking with one another; you may hear them before you see them. Both birds are a lot of fun to watch. From Wikipedia: The cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds. It is a medium-sized, mostly brown, gray, and yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. It is a native of North and Central America, breeding in open wooded areas in southern Canada and wintering in the southern half of the United States, Central America, and the far northwest of South America. Its diet includes cedar cones, fruit, and insects. The cedar waxwing is not endangered. The American robin is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering from southern Canada to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. According to some sources, the
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General Membership Meeting: Speaker Kris Ohlenkamp

January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized by

Kris’ Topic: What it means to be a “good birder.” We all have our own definition and some may want to share theirs. Kris will be giving tips on how to locate and identify birds and his target audience will be everyone who has an interest in birds and wants to improve their knowledge, skills, and level of respect within the greater birding community. Kris has led walks at Sepulveda Basin monthly for 35 years. His current USA life list is 715 and his current USA year list is 550 birds. If you’re guessing from this year’s number that Kris is doing a big year for the USA, you are correct. Location: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356 Time: 7:00 PM Directions: Located between White Oak and Reseda. Ample parking in the lot behind the center — take the alley off Etiwanda Avenue south of Oxnard, then south into the fenced-off parking area. Do not park in front of businesses between the alley and Oxnard.

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The February / March 2016 Phainopepla is Now Online

January 19, 2016 in Uncategorized by rebecca

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Conservation Award Luncheon. Saturday, March 5, 2016. Honoring Sharon Ford (Service Award) and Mark Osokow (Conservation Award) – Make Your Reservations TODAY! Click “SUPPORT SFVAS” at upper right, or PayPal link below

January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized by rebecca

 The 2016 SFVAS Annual Conservation Award Luncheon “trumps” (pardon the expression) the Academy Awards! Although some of Hollywood’s entertainment and conservation luminaries are already focused on the Red Carpet events at the Oscars in February, just a few days later (March 5) all media attention will converge on the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society’s Annual Conservation Banquet. This year’s winners, Mark Osokow (Conservation Award) and Sharon Ford (Service Award) will have had time to press their tuxedo and ball gown and be ready to receive their awards at the annual festivities. The event will include the awards presentation (“the envelope please”), a marvelous Italian Buffet (with vegetarian choices), entertainment by jazz singer Suze Krebs (see below), raffles, and time for socializing with friends and other “birds of a feather.” Billy Crystal has been invited to be the Host (we’ll see if he shows up).  Sharon Ford (Service Award) is a tireless, passionate evangelist and communicator on avian issues to children of all ages, at many different outreach venues each year. She engages countless attendees at schools, environmental organization meetings, political events and eco-­‐fairs throughout the Valley and beyond. By comparison, the “Energizer Bunny” is a lazybones.  Mark Osokow (Conservation Award)
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Hansen Dam Bird Walks – 2/27/16, 3/26/16 — Meeting location changed!

December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized by

Time to see some cactus wrens – note meet-up location is changed.  The walks will start at 9AM at the Gabrieleno Equestrian Park, 11126 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, California 91342.   From the 118 Eastbound to the 210 Freeway Eastbound, Exit at Osborne, Turn left, you will be on Foothill, follow Foothill Blvd to Orcas and turn right, continue straight into park.   From CA 210 in Pasadena go West on I-210,  Exit at Wheatland and go right to Foothill Blvd, go left to Orcas, and then left on Orcas into Park.  Follow driveway curving left to furthest (dirt) parking area.  In the event of mud, park in the furthest paved lot.  Rain may cancel – please contact Leader Pat Bates (818)425-0962 or if conditions are questionable.


December 21, 2015 in Uncategorized by

The environmentally destructive Hidden Creeks Estates gated housing development proposed by a Texas land and oil field developer, Forestar Group Inc., was recently approved by an Advisory Agency of the City of Los Angeles Planning Department. The developers plan to build 188 large homes on 245 acres in a currently unincorporated area that lies between Brown and Mormon canyons in the Santa Susan Mountain foothills. SFVAS has filed its own independent Appeal of this decision, as have at least four other important groups. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), the Sierra Club and the Santa Susana Mountain Park Association also oppose its approval. The reasons for our vehement opposition go beyond a simple desire to slow the out-of-control growth that Los Angeles continues to experience, taking wildlife habitat with it. Access to this development site will mean the construction of a major road through the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage facility, the source of a serious gas leak affecting the health and well being of thousands of residents in the Porter Ranch area, forcing evacuations and school closures. (Check out this KCAL 9 YouTube video regarding the connection between the gas leak and the development.) Additional adverse impacts include outright destruction
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The December / January Phainopepla is now online!

November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized by rebecca

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