SBEEP School Field Trip Grants Available Now

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by rebecca

For an application click SBEEP.Application.2014-2

San Fernando Valley Audubon is pleased to announce 2014-15 field trip grants for its popular Sepulveda Basin Environmental Education Program.  Audubon will subsidize the full cost of the education program at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (SBWR) for up to 30 schools (a $430 value).  The cost of transportation is not included.  Schools must arrange for their own travel using district transportation.  Teachers who have not participated in this program before must attend the teacher’s workshop prior to the date of their field trip.  The workshop and field trip is open to teachers of grades 4 thru 6.

The Teacher’s Workshop, “Water, Wetlands and Wildlife,” will be held Sat Nov 1, 2014.  It’s goal is to offer curricular support and preparation for the subsequent field trip you’ll be taking with your students.  Topics include the energy cycle, food web, local birds, native plants, water-resource awareness and classroom activities.  Teachers who have attended the workshop before do not have to repeat it, and are still eligible for a field trip using the same application form.  Workshop participants will be informed later of event details.

The Field Trip is a two-hour program in environmental education at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (SBWR) delivered by the education staff at the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM).  The program runs from 10 to 12 pm, and the content is aligned with state standards.  Field trips can accommodate from 45 to 70 students divided into four groups.  Schools must provide at least 4 adult chaperons (one for each group).  Experienced RCD educators will lead the students in a rotation system through the wildlife area.  Activities include identifying plankton with microscopes, observing wildlife with binoculars, testing the water quality of the lake, and learning about native plants.

To maximize the number of students per field trip, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers should apply two per school.  Sixth-grade teachers may apply singly or in pairs.  Among other criteria, selection will be based on (1) the date your application is received, (2) previous student interest, conduct and preparation, (3) proximity to SBWR, and (4) achieving a balance between new and returning schools.

To Apply please follow the instructions on the application form SBEEP.Application.2014.  If you fill it out by hand, please be legible.  For application and scheduling questions, contact Paula Orlovich, San Fernando Valley Audubon Environmental Education Program Chairperson: moc.oohaynull@45peebsaluap.

For more information about Audubon programs visit www.sfvaudubon.org.

For more information about RCD programs visit: www.rcdsmm.org/education.

 

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!

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.

KRIS OHLENKAMP’S SEPULVEDA BASIN BIRDATHON

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by ann

In the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area on May 4, the 25 participants (mostly first time visitors) found 63 species of birds.  The highlights included a pair of breeding plumage American Avocets, in with the dozens of Blacknecked Stilts, and four other species of shorebirds along the Los Angeles River.  By the Wildlife Lake there were five kinds of warblers including, a Black-headed Grosbeak, a Warbling Vireo, and at least four Bell’s Vireos.

Avocet

American Avocet by Rick & Nora Bowers