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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.


Sunday, April 13th, 2014

NATIVE PLANT WEEK WILDFLOWER SHOW, SYMPOSIUM, and PLANT SALE Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, 91436 Sponsors: California Native Plant Society and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants
The Native Plant Week Symposium includes a wildflower show, speakers, plant and book sale, children’s activity tables, exhibits and demonstrations. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 9:00am-4:00pm at the Sepulveda Garden Center in Encino. Admission is free. Dozens of different native plant flowers will be on display, collected from members’ home gardens and the grounds of the Theodore Payne Foundation.
Native plants and seeds from the Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery will be available for purchase.
Educational displays and activities from various agencies and docent groups will be offered.
Native plant gardening and natural history books will be available for sale, along with t-shirts, maps, and other gift items.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by the California Native Plant Society (Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains Chapter) and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants.
The Symposium will feature the following speakers:
10:00-11:30am Hartmut Wisch, An Introduction to California Native Bees Noon-1:30pm Mickey Long, Botany for Birders: Merging Plant and Bird Study 2:00-3:30pm Alan Pollack, Restoring Habitat, One Yard at a Time

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society Young Birders Group

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Are you, or do you know, a Young Birder? Someone who loves birds, wants to learn more about them and would like to link with other young people?
We are starting a Young Birders group. Please join us.
Our first outing will be at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve on

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

(Exit the 405 at Burbank Blvd, go west ½ mile to Woodley Avenue and turn right (north). Drive about ½ mile to the second turning on the right, at sign for Japanese Garden. Follow the road to the end and the parking area, then join us at the amphitheater.)

For more information e-mail moc.liamgnull@yteicosnobuduavfs or call (818) 990 5405

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