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Save the date and time, Saturday June 21st, 2p.m at Woodland Hills Branch Library (22200 Ventura Blvd.)
Come and enjoy our own Alan Pollack presenting on how to create a wildlife habitat in your own back yard. There will also be a virtual tour of his backyard. Alan, a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat Steward, is our Audubon at Home chair and a great presenter!
Twelve students from the 4th and 5th grades at Mar Vista Elementary School, plus parents and siblings, joined in the Children’s Birdathon on Saturday, May 10. Led by several SFVAS volunteers, small groups scoured the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve for avian species to record on their taxonomically ordered checklists. The colorful plumage of Western Bluebirds, Bullock’s Orioles, and Red Wing Blackbirds were highlights. Also, the American White Pelicans, both flying and feeding, were a source of amazement. But the WOW factor goes to the family of Great Horned Owls perched high in Pine and Eucalyptus trees near the Cricket Field. Students used the honor system while reporting their sightings and many tallied well over 30 species. Next step for the young birders is to collect pledges from their sponsors. Kudos to the parents and to teacher Marne Treves for fostering the next generation of birders!
Photo by Pat Bates
On May 3, eight members and friends joined Linda at the observation site at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve.
A Snowy Egret amazed with an eye-level fly-by from the creek to the lake, and two adult Canada Geese paraded from the boat ramp to the bushes on the north with several goslings, still in the down, in tow.
Despite the unseasonable heat, we were able to count 34 species, including American White Pelican, two species of hawks, two species of hummingbirds, two species of swallows, our two local towhees, and Bullock’s Oriole.