2019 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Birders Needed!

Once again this year, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will join chapters across the country and in North and South America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean to take part in the National Audubon Society’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count.

The initial San Fernando Valley CBC was held in 1957 making this our 63rd successive CBC. Over the years there have been some interesting changes in bird populations in the count circle as the valley has transitioned into a more developed area.

Last year we counted 128 species and 12,000 individuals, somewhat lower than our average since 2000, continuing a downward trend.

In order to get the most comprehensive indication of the health of bird population in the valley, we need as many  counters as possible. Extensive birding experience is not a prerequisite, only a willingness to come out and count—wind, rain, or shine. Those unable to join one of the count groups may assist by noting species and numbers of birds at backyard feeders local parks and neighborhoods provided such counts take place within a 7.5 mile radius circle from the count center at the intersection of Balboa Blvd and Nordhoff St. Please report all such counts along with the time spent observing to Alexander deBarros by e-mail, [email protected] no later than January 1, 2020.

Count participation is free and open to all. Open count sectors are listed below. Please email Alexander deBarros and the sector leader if you are interested in participating. When you arrive at any location, look for people with binoculars.

Hansen Dam, El Cariso Park, & Pacoima Wash. Meeting time: 6:30 AM
From the intersection of Osborne and Foothill, go east on Foothill and make the first possible right into the paved parking lot. Bring lunch and drinks. Leader: Brian Bielfelt, [email protected]

Hansen Dam Golf Course & nearby parks. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
From the intersection of Osborne and Glenoaks, go southeast on Glenoaks to Montague and turn left. Proceed to the end of the road and park in the parking lot. Bring lunch and drinks. Leader: Lynda Fennemen, [email protected]

Corbin Canyon & Deervale Park. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
From the intersection of Ventura Blvd and Winnetka Ave, go south on Winnetka, turn left onto Wells Dr, right onto Corbin Ave, and follow Corbin till it ends. Leader: Jim Moore, [email protected]

 Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve & Lake Balboa. Meeting time: 7:30 AM
From the intersection of Burbank and Woodley, go north on Woodley, and make the second possible right onto the entrance road. Meet in the first parking lot along the entrance road. Bring lunch and drinks. Leader: Kris Ohlenkamp, [email protected]

Bull Creek & Balboa Sports Center. Meeting time: 7:00 AM
From the intersection of Burbank and Balboa, go north on Balboa. Make the first possible right into the park, and meet in the dirt parking lot on the left side of the entry road. Leader: Alexander deBarros, [email protected]

L.A. River (Sepulveda to Fulton) & Tujunga Wash. Meeting time 11:30 AM
From the intersection of Burbank and Sepulveda, go south on Sepulveda. Turn left onto Valleyheart immediately AFTER crossing the L.A. River. Meet on Valleyheart. This sector will be counted by bicycle, but you MUST bring your own bike. Eat before the count. Leader: Alexander deBarros, [email protected] Note, the leader may be late depending on how long the count at Bull Creek takes.

Valley Plaza Park & other nearby parks. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
From Victory and Laurel Canyon, go north on Laurel Canyon, turn left at Hamlin St, and meet in the parking lot at the end of the road. Leader: Dick Barth, [email protected]

Reseda Park, Encino Park & Los Encinos State Historic Park. Meeting time 8:00 AM
From Victory and Reseda, go east 1000 ft and meet in the parking lot on the left. Leader: Pat Bates, [email protected]

Chatsworth Reservoir. Meeting time 8:00 AM
This sector is tentative (pending approval by DWP), and space is limited to 8 people. Check with the leader before showing up. Meet at the gate on Valley Circle Blvd. just west of the junction of Plummer and Valley Circle Blvd. Leader: Art Langton, [email protected]

NOTE: This sector is now full. If you are still interested in counting in the Chatsworth area, please contact Kathy Barton at [email protected]

Small parks in the central and eastern valley. Meeting time 7:30 AM
From Balboa and Nordhoff, go west on Nordhoff, make the first possible left onto Amestoy Ave, and the first right onto Dearborn St. Look for people with binoculars. Leader: Rebecca Marschall, [email protected]

Old Mission Trail & CSUN. Meeting time 7:30 AM
Exit the 118 at Porter Ranch Dr, go south on Porter Ranch, and meet in the Park and Ride parking lot on the right. Leader: Barbara Heidemann, [email protected]

Mormon Canyon Loop Trail. Meeting time 8:00 AM
From Tampa and Rinaldi, go north on Tampa until it ends at Sesnon, and turn left. Meet on Sesnon, 200ft. west of Tampa. Bring lunch and drinks. Leader: TBA. Contact Alexander deBarros, or check sfvaudubon.org for latest count information.

O’Melveny & Bee Canyon Parks and nearby golf courses. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
This sector is tentative, pending approval from the L.A. Parks Department. Contact the leader before showing up. From the intersection of Balboa and Rinaldi, go north on Balboa. Turn left on Sesnon and continue 1/2 mile. Park is on the right. Meet in the parking lot. Bring lunch and drinks. Leader: Muriel Kotin, [email protected]

 Limekiln, Moonshine, and Aliso Canyons & adjacent parks. Meeting time: 8:00 AM
This sector is tentative, pending approval from the L.A. Parks Department. Contact the leader before showing up. From the intersection of Rinaldi and Tampa, go south on Tampa and turn right onto Chatsworth. Meet on the north side of the street. Bring lunch and drinks. Leader: Abby Larson, [email protected]

 NOTE: O'Melveny Park and Limeklin, Moonshine, & Aliso Canyons all burned in the Saddleridge Fire, and may be subject to mudslides. If rain is forecasted for December 14, or if mudslides occurs in the week preceding the CBC, the counts at these locations will be canceled.

Any of this information may change between now and count day. Contact Alexander deBarros, or check sfvaudubon.org for latest information.

In addition to the CBC, San Fernando will be organizing a pre-count where we survey small parks in an attempt to find rare birds. The pre-count will take place from December 11 to 13. If you are interested in participating, please contact Alexander deBarros before December 7.

If rain is forecast for December 14, or if mudslides occur in the week preceding the CBC, the counts at these locations
will be canceled.

Any of this information may change between now and count day. Contact Alexander deBarros, or check sfvaudubon.org for latest information.

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