Three new T-shirts are now available for sale. The shirts come in three colors: Army Green (Adult sizes), Dark Teal (Ladies cut), and Indigo Blue (Adult Long Sleeve). All three shirt styles have the “Heron Tracks” design and come in sizes S-XXL. Our chapter logo is imprinted in matching ink at the top of the left sleeve. The “Heron Tracks” design shows a sketch of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on the back of the shirt. The front of the shirt has a line of heron tracks running up one side! The short sleeve shirts cost $20.00 and the long sleeve shirt is $25.00. The Heron Tracks shirts will be available for purchase at our monthly General Membership meetings and at the Bird Fest at King Gillette Ranch on December 5. If you need more information about the shirts, contact Diana Keeney at email@example.com. Support our chapter and show your spirit with a Heron Tracks T-shirt!
Once again this year, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will join chapters across the country and in North and South America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean to take part in the National Audubon Society’s 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. The initial San Fernando Valley CBC was held in 1957 and this will represent our 58th successive CBC. Over the years there have been some interesting changes in bird populations in the count circle as the valley has transitioned into a more suburban area. Last year, with 59 counters in 16 locations, we tallied 134 species, just about average for the last 10 years, but well short of our record count of 160 species in 1993. To approach that record, we need more birders counting birds in their neighborhood and joining established count sectors. Extensive birding experience is not a prerequisite, only a willingness to come out and count—wind, rain, or shine. Those unable to join one of the count groups may assist by noting species and numbers of birds at backyard feeders local parks and neighborhoods provided such counts take place within a 7.5 mile radius circle from the count center at the intersection of Balboa and Nordhoff. Please report
Check out the October November 2015 Phainopepla. Read about everything that’s going on at the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society chapter. Check out our meetings, our speakers, our calendar of events. Read what local birders are saying about the local scene and season. Get advice on making your yard more bird-friendly and water-wise. Come on, get involved, Go Birding!
Second Saturday Bird Walks For Families and Beginners 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. October through March Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (FREE) San Fernando Valley Audubon will lead bird walks for families and beginners on second Saturdays, October 2015 – March 2016. (Saturdays Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and Mar. 12.) Stroll through the lovely Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve with a guide, enjoying its trails and wildlife lake. Many kinds of birds may be found here. Learn about the birds and why they come here. These Walks are for Families with school-age children Beginning birdwatchers, including first timers Time and Meeting Place: The Wildlife Area entrance and amphitheater are in the southeast part of Woodley Park. Meet at the amphitheater at 9:00 AM. Directions: Turn north from Burbank Bl. onto Woodley Ave., which is ½ mile west of the San Diego Freeway (I-405). Travel about ½ mile to the second possible right turn and turn east (right) at the sign for the Wildlife Reserve. Bear right at the fork in the road and go east ½ mile to the Wildlife Area parking at the end of the road. Walk south
As they left the August 6th public meeting with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the SFVAS contingent and others present breathed a sigh of relief and harbored cautious optimism regarding the future of the Ecology Pond and DWP’s commitment to preserving the wildlife habitat in the Chatsworth Nature Preserve in perpetuity. Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch Englander, District 12, welcomed the 200 or so present, introduced Mr. Martin Adams (DWP Senior Assistant General Manager — Water) and remained throughout the meeting to assist with questions most appropriate to his office. The highlight of the meeting was Mr. Adams’ presentation on the history, current situation and future options for the Ecology Pond. Highlights included DWP’s commitment to the Pond as a year-round water source for wildlife, continuation of their activities to put water in the pond throughout the summer, the components of a plan to secure reliable sources of sufficient water, removing the excess sediment from the pond while preserving the ecosystem, a public website specific to the Preserve, opportunities for public involvement, and a commitment for sufficient funding to achieve these goals. After Mr. Adams’ presentation there was a one hour period for public questions and
Piute Ponds is a favorite birding spot and many of our members in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita areas visit it often for birding. The Lancaster Photography Club has invited out members to attend a meeting about the site and how to obtain wonderful photographs there. The meeting will be held at the Senior Center at 777 Jackman St, Lancaster on Tuesday, August 18 from 6:00 p.m. Piute Ponds Workshop
Starting September 2015 we will be having our General Membership Meetings at: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, 91356, Tel: 818/697-5525 We are delighted to move to a new meeting place for our General Membership Meetings. It is an Art Gallery as well as a meeting place, so there will be a chance to enjoy the art as well as the birds! Our sales table will be resurrected and we look forward to having some great meetings there! Directions: If you are using your computer, your phone or your car’s nav system to find the location, please enter the street address, not the name. You’ll get there a whole lot faster! It is between White Oak and Reseda (1/4 mile east of Reseda Blvd.) on the Southwest corner of Oxnard and Etiwanda. In order to park, it is recommended to go on Etiwanda and turn into the parking area up the alley behind the center. Please do not park in front of any of the industrial roll-up doors as there may be deliveries at night.
We are approaching a serious emergency with the Ecology Pond at Chatsworth Nature Preserve. The pond is close to drying up, and DWP has thus far refused to provide any make-up water under the guise of the drought. Please review the attached flyer being distributed by area residents. We need to contact DWP managers and express our concerns immediately. Please click on the link below for more information. ecology pond_flyer_dwp
Saturday, May 9 was great weather for the “Big Sit” Birdathon event at the Sepulveda Basin. Jeanne Polak- Recht and Linda Jones were both there to lead the event. Jeanne reports sightings of 21 species. Eight people were there to sit on chairs or cushions or the ground to enjoy nature and wait for birds to pop into their view. They began with a sit at the amphitheater where they saw many Grackles and some Western Bluebirds. Then the group moved on to the first pond where there were Canada Geese and Red-wing Blackbirds. Allen’s Humming birds were were sighted as well as a Common Yellowthroat. A baby squirrel was seen wandering around on the ground by itself. There were two Red- tailed Hawks chasing each other and having a slight confrontation. And an occasional rabbit hopped by. The 2 hour “Big Sit” was enjoyed by all who attended! To contribute to the 2015 Birdathon, please select the “Local Birding” tab above, then “Annual Birdathon.” Use the DONATE button to pay with PayPal or a credit card. Thank you!
Saturday, May 2nd marked Bird LA Day – a citywide celebration of all things birds, with nature walks, a bird sketching workshop and a picnic along the LA River. I met up with birding enthusiast Scott Logan at Franklin Canyon Park, located in a beautiful canyon above Beverly Hills, in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains. “All these birds, they just offer clues. You watch how they fly, what they’re doing, if they’re high, if they’re low, what their silhouette looks like, and with those clues, your brains sort of puts together a puzzle, and that’s how you identify them,” Logan told me. “That’s what’s fun about it. It’s sort of, you’re out on a treasure hunt all the time, and you’re solving this puzzle as you’re walking around.” Logan is co-owner of Wild Wings Backyard Nature Store in Sherman Oaks. Scott’s Interview