June 23, 2016

Concerned About Angelfest? Take Action!

Help us protect Woodley Park and the Sepulveda wildlife area. Contact your representatives and tell them "NO" on Angelfest. If you haven't yet read our explanation of AngelFest, what it is, how it came to be and what we need to do about it, please click here. Representative Brad Sherman, US Congress (818) 501-9200   brad.sherman@mail.house.gov Mayor…
June 10, 2016

SFVAS Response to the Problematic AngelFest “Environmental Assessment”

The case for siting the AngelFest music event in Sepulveda Flood Control Basin's Woodley Park is embodied in a “Draft Environmental Assessment” -- a scrupulous analysis required by the Army Corps of Engineers that oversees and manages the Basin. The purpose of the "EA," as its called, is to convince the Corps to waive many of…
May 26, 2016

Encino Neighborhood Council Withdraws Support from Angelfest

The ENC voted on Wednesday evening to A) rescind their 12/2/15 vote supporting (in concept)  Angelfest and B) move to disapprove of placing Angelfest in the Sepulveda Basin. The meeting was well-attended by Valley residents opposed to the event, who spoke passionately when given their thirty seconds of time at the microphone.  Before the vote(s), several Council…
May 1, 2016

An Open Letter to Colonel Gibbs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Col. Gibbs,  It has come to my attention that Make Good Group has recently been soliciting their clients, friends, and supporters, from near and far, to send you letters regarding their conservation credentials.  Of course that is their right and privilege. I’m sure you  surmise that many (most?) of those who write on their behalf might…
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April 29, 2016

Update on Drones in Woodley Park

Thanks to the efforts of SFVAS, notably our Board Member (and Encino Neighborhood Council Treasurer) Patricia Bates, the City has finally posted permanent signage banning drones from Woodley Park. Enforcement has also increased, to the point that drone fliers have largely taken their toys elsewhere. Work continues toward the banishment of fighting kites in the park…
April 28, 2016

Angelfest 2016 Postponed — the Fight Will Continue

Good news. Plans for Angelfest have been scrapped for October 2016. The marketing company that hoped to bring 65,000 people a day to the area surrounding the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve has announced plans to try again next year, but of course none of the environmental concerns will be any different then. We will not resist…
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April 3, 2016

It’s Birdathon Time! What’s a Birdathon?

Join the annual SFVAS Birdathon as we put “fun” in fundraiser! April and May dates are scheduled for Birdathon leaders trying to improve on their last year’s count and competing with each other to see who identifies the most species. Everyone is a winner when SFVAS has the funding to continue it’s important functions.  Anyone…
February 23, 2016

Drones In The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve — the Next Chapter and A Call to Action!

Saturday, 2/20, late afternoon a recently-hatched great horned owlet was found in bad shape at the base of the nesting tree. Unfortunately it did not survive. This tree is adjacent to where most drone flying in the Basin has been taking place. While emphasizing that we can’t prove there's a connection, it must be noted…
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February 10, 2016

Welcoming the Antelope Valley Sub-chapter to Our Website and Our Community

Excerpted from National Audubon's comments on the AV's Important Bird Area: The Joshua tree woodlands of the AV support one of the farthest-west populations of Le Conte's Thrasher in the state. The grassland bird community is most impressive in winter, when large numbers of raptors concentrate in the area. Large flocks of Vesper Sparrows, Horned Lark…