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Our fun and informative bird walks are free to anyone who wants to come along. Everything we do for education and conservation is free. Our members are our core, the people who understand the importance of birds in nature, who follow our activities and join us with their voices when we need to advocate for an important environmental issue. Please become a member and be part of all that SFVAudubon does!Join Now
Malibu Canyon State Park has always been one of SFVAS's favorite walks -- spectacular natural Southern California mountains, gentle slopes, with birds galore and a sense of being "away from it all" just a short drive from home. Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and already life is springing up everywhere. Walk leaders have scouted the area and deem it ready for revisiting. Read their report and the details of upcoming walks...Continue
Southern California is very rich birding territory. Los Angeles seems so urban, so full of homes, businesses and freeways -- how could there be great birding here? Believe us, there is. The San Fernando Valley is home to a brilliant variety of resident birds, and our parks and nature reserves are as good a place as any, anywhere, to see birds that stop to rest while migrating north and south.Where to Bird
El sur de California es un territorio muy rico para la observación de especies abundantes de aves. Los Ángeles parece tan urbana, tan llena de casas, negocios y autopistas - ¿cómo podría haber una gran observación de aves aquí? Créanos, la hay. El Valle de San Fernando es el hogar de una brillante variedad de aves residentes y nuestros parques y reservas naturales son un lugar tan bueno como cualquiera...Lea más
As we all know, the Santa Monica Mountains BirdFest 2018 was cancelled because of the Woolsey fire. The heart of King Gillette Ranch, site of our BirdFest activities, was unscathed although the area around it was devastated. That sadly includes both Paramount Ranch and Peter Strauss Ranch where many public events and concerts take place.
The BirdFest committee met to discuss planning for the next festival. We decided to plan for the 5th Festival to take place in November 2020 rather than in 2019. This will allow more time for the area and habitat to recover from the ravages of the fire.
We also took other factors into consideration, notably the pressure on National Park and other agency staff to rebuild, the backlog of work on NPS lands after the shutdown, and the demand on the reduced number of facilities in the Mountains during rebuilding. Planning for events must start months ahead of time and we are at this time unable to speak to National Park personnel.
We are sorry to miss two years, but we hope to welcome you to a stronger and better BirdFest 2020!
The BirdFest of the Santa Monica Mountains is a free cooperative event sponsored by San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, Western National Parks Association, the National Park Service, Conejo Valley Audubon Society and Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society.
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"If you take care of the birds, you take care of the big problems in the world."
San Fernando Valley Audubon is "home" to a number of terrific wildlife photographers. With patience and practice, they capture images that are as good or better than we ever hope to see through the lenses of our binoculars. Amazing detail, frozen moments of behavior, hard-to-spot migrants and plumage that occurs only once a year. This gallery will continue to grow, over time, as more beautiful shots are submitted.Check it out
Following this year's Christmas Bird Count, members and guests are welcome – counters and noncounters alike – to an informal get-together, to consume pizza and beer, swap Christmas Bird Count data...Read More
San Fernando Valley Audubon provides many services and benefits that cost money. We provide dozens of pairs of binoculars for our Sepulveda Basin Environmental Education Program. We offer birding scholarships and grants to other organizations that share our environmental goals. Make a tax-deductible donation to us, your local Valley Audubon chapter. We do good things with your money!Donate Here
San Fernando Valley Audubon's annual Birdathon is our principal means of financing SBEEP, the Sepulveda Basin Environmental Education Program. SBEEP works with LAUSD schools to bus children into our Wildlife Preserve for an exciting, educational field trip. Our trained SBEEP guides and leaders treat the kids to a rare outdoor experience. We supply binoculars for beginner-birding, microscopes forMake a Pledge
There’s really good news for mountain lions, bobcats, deer and other wildlife in the Los Angeles area. A swath of land between two mountain ranges has just been purchased – and it will never be developed. The 71-acre parcel is a crucial corridor for these animals as they migrate north.Read More
Held every May, Bird L.A. Day celebrates the birds of Southern California and LA’s amazing Biodiversity. Bird and nature-themed events are held throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Bird LA Day shines the spotlight on nature, and reminds the world that Los Angeles is a lot more than just film and fashion and celebrities. The majority of events are family-friendly and free-of-charge.Get Details