Last Call for the Phainopepla Club!

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by rose

If you have taken up the challenge to record your Los Angeles County bird sightings from July 2013 to June 2014 on e-bird, now is the time to send in the evidence of your sightings and be acknowledged for your progress!
Here is how:
1. Log your sightings at

2. Create a report by the following path:
a. Select the Explore Data tab
b. Under Summary Tables at the bottom of the page select My Observation
c. Create a Year Report to start July 1, 2013
d. Select the LA County locations of your sightings
e. Print or download the report showing the Date and Total number of species.

3. E-mail the report to gro.nobuduavfsnull@yeneek.anaid

4. Attend the PotLuck on June 26th and receive accolades and encouragement from fellow birders!

Restoring Habitat One Yard at a Time

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by rose

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!

The June/July 2014 Phainopepla is now online!

Posted on May 26th, 2014 by rebecca

Click here to view the latest issue of the Phainopepla newsletter:  June July 2014 Phainopepla

Children’s Birdathon

Posted on May 13th, 2014 by ann

Photo by Pat Bates 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

Linda Jones’ BIG SIT – Bird a Thon

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by ann
Photo by Terry Sohl

Photo by Terry Sohl

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.