The April/May 2014 Phainopepla is now online!

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by rebecca

The latest issue is now online.  April May 2014 Phainopepla  Check out the Calendar for Birdathon Events. Learn about our NEW Young Birder’s Group. Join us on one of our many Bird Walks. Enjoy Spring!

Help Wild Wings Continue to Fly

Posted on February 2nd, 2014 by ann

Technically, Wild Wings in Sherman Oaks is a backyard nature store in Southern California. However, those of us who are lucky enough to call ourselves customers and friends of Scott and Bonnie know that this place is so much more than brick, mortar, and the very BEST backyard nature store.

Dear Fellow Wild Wings Customers,

I know you all were just as devastated as I was upon receiving the email that Wild Wings may have to close its doors. Like you, I wondered what I could do to help. So with the help of many of the other concerned customers, we put together a little video. That little video led to beginning work on a fund raising website. And now everything is complete and we, all of us, can do our part to keep this invaluable part of our community going strong.

Now, Scott and Bonnie don’t have anything to do with the page we’ve created, but we do have their blessing to try to overcome this situation. Think of all Wild Wings has done to bring us closer to nature, or closer as a community. We’ll forever be indebted to them for all they’ve done. We owe it to Wild Wings, and ourselves, to stand by their side in this difficult time. This journey will not be easy, however, the passion that many have already shown gives me the utmost faith that we can see this thing through.

So join in! Visit the page below and donate what you can. Then share the site with your friends, or on your Facebook walls. Send people in to Wild Wings so they can see how devastating losing such an amazing place would be. All of the proceeds will go towards securing the future of our favorite backyard nature store.

Best Regards To All. We can do this!

BJ Ward

Click here to go to the site: Help Wild Wings Continue to Fly

Make sure to check in with the site to see how we’re doing. Each week even more videos will be released of stories from the Wild Wings community. Thank you for your support!

SFVAS Supports Eliminating The Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides

Posted on February 1st, 2014 by ann

On February 2, 2014 I sent the following letter/email to the 5 city councilmembers whose territory overlaps ours. Additional information can be found at (including email addresses). This is a critical opportunity for everyone to participate in stopping the indiscriminate poisoning of animals – at least on a local level.

Public Comment for Council File #13-1580:
The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society urges you to support eliminating the use of anticoagulant rodenticides by all Los Angeles City departments via the process begun with Council File #13-1580 (motion by Tom LaBonge and Paul Koretz).
Anticoagulants have been proven to kill more than just rats, gophers, squirrels and mice. They also kill owls, hawks, bobcats, mountain lions, dogs, cats – and have even poisoned children. It takes several days for the target animal to die. This weakens them and makes them more susceptible to predation. The predators then accumulate poison in their bodies, subjecting them to unintended pain, suffering and death. As many as 90% of some local predator populations now have these poisons in their bodies. Barn Owl populations in the Sepulveda Basin have plummeted in the last 15 years.

We are actively trying to reintroduce and support Barn Owls in the Basin by installing nest boxes. However, these actions will be futile if the Department of Recreation and Parks, the golf course operators, and private extermination companies continue their outdoor use of these chemicals.

We believe that re-establishing a balanced natural ecosystem will be more effective, less expensive, and more humane than continuing the current and expanding use of long lasting, bio-accumulating, non-species specific poisons.

Thank you,
Kris Ohlenkamp
Conservation Chair

The February/March 2014 Phainopepla in Now Online

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by rebecca

Click Here to see the latest issue February March 2014 Phainopepla.


Letter to the Editor of the LA Daily News from Alan Pollack

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by ann

This letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Daily News was from Alan Pollack, SFVAS Board Member and chair of Audubon-at-Home SFVAS;

Re:”Ban on bags will hurt workers who get the sack” (Letter, Jan 10)

My heart aches for the people who work in the plastic bag industry who will likely lose their jobs. But my heart breaks when I think of the well-documented damage that plastics of all kinds are doing to our ecosystem.
Our lives depend on our planet’s biodiversity, and it has been estimated that if the losses of plant and animal life continue at the present rate, we will lose half of our biodiversity by the end of this century. If we don’t learn to think long-term human life on this planet is doomed. Looking for a different job is a small price to pay for helping to save life on Earth.

- Alan Pollack