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The October/November 2015 Phainopepla Newsletter is Online NOW!

September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized by rebecca

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Family Bird Walks

September 25, 2015 in Uncategorized by

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
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Coastal Cleanup Day at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area September 19

August 19, 2015 in Uncategorized by

Participate in the world’s largest habitat cleanup event! Coastal Cleanup Day happens all around the world – the 2014 event drew over 600,000 participants! San Fernando Valley Audubon Society is facilitating the 2015 Coastal Cleanup Day at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve – one of over 50 cleanup sites throughout Los Angeles County. Coordinated by our friends at Heal the Bay, we will clean up the Wildlife Area, especially Haskell Creek south of “Wildlife Way,” near the lake and the Amphitheater. We will start at 9:00 a.m. with a safety briefing, signing of Waiver forms, the ritual donning of gloves, and a rousing cheer. We have some tools to assist in extracting hard-to-reach trash. Please wear comfortable clothes which will get dirty, closed-toed shoes, a hat, and sunscreen, for your protection. Bring your own gloves, or we will supply them. Please help cut down on the trash we create by bringing your own reusable container such as a bucket, for collecting the trash, which will then put into large trash bags for weighing and disposal. That way we reduce the amount of plastic we use! We will supply bags if you can’t bring some kind of receptacle. We also need some
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Update on the Ecology Pond at Chatsworth Nature Preserve

August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized by

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
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Piute Ponds Treat

August 1, 2015 in Uncategorized by

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

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NOTE: We have a NEW General Membership Meeting Location

July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized by rebecca

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: It is between White Oak and Reseda. 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.    

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The August / September 2015 Phainopepla is NOW Online!

July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized by rebecca

August September 2015 Phainopepla   Note: we have a NEW General Membership meeting location.

Join us for our annual potluck!

June 20, 2015 in Uncategorized by

SFVAS EXTRAORDINARY POTLUCK JOIN US FOR THIS FUN-FILLED ANNUAL EVENT Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7:00-8:50 p.m. Encino Community Center Be prepared to: • Bring a dish to share • Play games and maybe win a prize • Meet fellow birders and share great food • Bring or enjoy others’ slides* In keeping with our interest in ecology, please bring your own plate, cup, and utensils. For a dish to share, please try to follow the plan for last names as follows: A-F Salads G-L Side Dishes M-P Desserts Q-Z Main Dishes As in the past, we won’t turn away a favorite dish you prefer to bring even if it is not in your category. We will start at 7:00 p.m. with a game and appetizers. The Potluck Supper will begin at 7:20 p.m., allowing a bit more travel time for those coming from work. Then our president, Rose Leibowitz, will introduce our new board members and we will have photo sharing. We will play a bird ID game. Phainopepla Club participants will be awarded pins. *Shared photos are limited to five per person due to time constraints and need to be on a thumb drive. When you arrive at the
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Chatsworth Nature Preserve Ecology Pond drying up!!

June 17, 2015 in Uncategorized by

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  

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The June/July Phainopepla is NOW Online!

May 30, 2015 in Uncategorized by rebecca

June July 2015 Phainopepla