Join us for a family and beginners bird walk in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. 9-11 am December 14th, rain cancels. Meet at the amphitheater at the Sepulveda basin Wildlife Reserve, 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Call 818 998-3216 or 310 457-5796 for more information.
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Want to play a role in collecting crucial conservation information? Sign up to participate in the Christmas Bird Count todayTuesday, November 12th, 2013
• The Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes more than 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,300 locations across the Western Hemisphere, from above the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
The CBC harnesses the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone. Every local count is part of this vast volunteer network and continues a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years.
•The Audubon Christmas Bird Count shapes conservation results.
The CBC isn’t just about counting birds, it’s about checking the pulse of the ecosystem we share and delivering practical conservation results based on what we find. As one of the longest-running crowd-sourced wildlife surveys in the world, the CBC is a rich source of information for making decisions about how to protect birds and the habitats we share with them.
•Recent changes to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count have made it more accessible and effective than ever.
We dropped participation fees, made materials available in Spanish, went all digital and are adding additional citizen science programs at other times of the year.
•The Christmas Bird Count tells us that birds are already reacting to climate change.
Audubon’s 2009 Birds and Climate Change report, based on 40 years of CBC data, showed that 177 of 305 species studied have shifted their winter ranges north by an average of 35 miles. Continued gathering and analysis of data will be crucial as we seek to understand our changing climate and help birds survive and adapt.
•Support Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. Whether by getting out and counting (a great, family-friendly holiday tradition), or finding other ways to get involved, we invite people to become involved. For those who can’t count this year, here are other things to consider: Donate to support the CBC; Sign up to learn about other citizen science projects throughout the year; Visit the San Fernando Valley Audubon chapter;
Join a community of other bird-lovers on the SFV Audubon Facebook page.
• And of course, talk about your personal CBC experience, what you hope to see or have seen locally and how it fits into the broader context.
The November 8th event was quite a success. Rosi Dagit was informative and entertaining. Louis Sahagun gave us insight into why natural envirnoments are important to him. Encino Glen, was the right venue, food was great and the room beautiful The evening was a special event.
If you missed this year we hope to see you next year.