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April 30, 2021

What? More Mallards??

Mr. & Mrs. M. -- photo by Gary Park Mallards are by far the most common duck seen in California and the United States. Mallards breed throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa, and have been introduced into New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Falkland Islands, and South…
March 21, 2021

Know Your Natives! Get Involved!

Get Involved with the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area Habitat Restoration Effort! The California Native Plant Society Invasive Plant Removal Team is offering another free Saturday training/work session/ 8:00 to 11:30 on May 29  We had 26 Volunteers for our last weeding and accomplished a great deal. We filled 58 bags and donated a total of more than…
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February 25, 2021

Feeder Freakout? No…

Update on this post: the "salmonella pandemic" in SoCal continues to be a non-event and a freakout kept alive on social media because that's what social media does best. Be a good bird-lover and keep your feeders clean, refresh your bird-baths regularly, and plant bird-friendly natives when it's practical to do so -- but don't…
January 27, 2021

Guide to Preventing Window Strikes

It's common -- and depressing -- knowledge among birders that residential windows account for a significant portion of the many millions of avian deaths caused by glass every year. Until fairly recently, there wasn't much a homeowner could do about it; the outside of a glass pane reflects landscape and sky, with interior blinds, curtains,…
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April 23, 2020

Bored? Bird!

No doubt many, if not most, of our members and friends are doing some birding – or a lot – while in forced domestication. After all, it is migration season. Hermit Thrush, Gary Park Even though most of the choicest migrants are seen in parks and on hikes, nevertheless the observant back-yard birder will see…
April 4, 2020

Griffith Park Raptor Survey

In January of this year, Courtney McCammon contacted SFVAS to see if our chapter wanted to partner with Friends of Griffith Park in their 3rd season of monitoring raptor nests. Courtney partners with Dan Cooper and their data is shared with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We were excited to learn about this program and…
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July 24, 2019

Birds of the Mojave Desert Three-day Workshop

Beginning on Friday evening, this course will examine the important role of these stopover areas in the conservation of neotropical migrant birds and introduce the techniques used to identify the common families of birds found in the vicinity of the Desert Studies Center. On Saturday, students travel by car to various migrant bird traps near…
June 23, 2019

Wild Wings Closing — and Opening!

The Wild Wings Backyard Nature store has been a fixture for San Fernando Valley birders and nature lovers for eleven years. Scott Logan and Bonnie McFarlin have always been there to answer questions, make suggestions, and provide us with  high-quality bird-feeding groceries and equipment. Scott is known for his popular bird walks and his encyclopedic…
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May 9, 2019

Haskell Creek Cleanup A Big Success!

SFVAS celebrated Earth Day 2019 early with a hugely successful cleanup of Haskell Creek in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve.  The April 13 event saw a threefold increase in our usual number of volunteers for this annual springtime effort, from around 50 to 150. Partnerships with Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and the…
April 22, 2018

Let’s Ban Anticoagulant Pesticides!

The Following Information Was Provided to SFVAS by CLAW (Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife) On Tuesday, the State Assembly's Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee (ESTM) supported AB 2422, a bill that would ban most uses of anticoagulant rodenticide in California. We now have a short deadline to support the bill through its next step.…