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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…
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.…
March 19, 2018

21st Century Gardens: Tending Nature in a Shifting World — An Evening With Richard Schulhof

Richard Schulhof has served as CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum since 2009. He previously served as deputy director of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, and as executive director of Descanso Gardens, having worked in botanic gardens for over thirty years. With a special interest in science education, Richard collaborated with public schools in Boston…
November 24, 2017

SFVAS Yahoo Group Terminated

SFVAS has discontinued its Yahoo group as the announcements of upcoming events had become unreliable and this website has a better calendar. If you have an event that is missing from the Events Calendar at please let our webmaster Jim Houghton know at as well as letting him know if you'd like the…
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April 10, 2017

They’re Trying to AngelFest Us Again!

Woodley Park. The place we fought so hard to keep a huge music festival out of -- remember that? We succeeded, but now smaller events are moving into the park. They've been chased out of other parks and it's time for us to chase them out of Woodley Park. These groups use "encoded" Facebook pages…
August 8, 2016

Save The Date — November 12 — 3rd Annual BirdFest!

After the election, all will be revealed and we will have a new President. What better way to celebrate the end of the electioneering cycle than by attending the 3rd Annual Bird Fest?  Yes, we are completing the planning for the Bird Fest with Santa Monica Bay and Conejo Valley Audubon Chapters. If you have…
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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…
February 3, 2016

Everyone’s talking about the Superb Owl

[caption id="attachment_3965" align="alignright" width="322"] Nesting Great Horned Owls, Sepulveda Basin[/caption] This Sunday Feb 7, you can see owls right here in the San Fernando Valley and they are indeed superb. For several years, a pair of Great Horned Owls have nested in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve during the winter-spring months. The pair was spotted…
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