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Conservation Awards Luncheon 3/2/2019

March 2 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mark Your Calendar!! You are invited to our Annual Conservation Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 2nd, at Franklin Canyon Park.

This year the Conservation Award recognizes Larry W. Allen, principal author of the Los Angeles County Breeding Bird Atlas (co-authors are Kimball Garrett and Mark Wimer). Published by Los Angeles Audubon and supported by SFVAS, the Atlas is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by the authors and 28,000 records provided by 300 volunteers covering 228 species as well as historical and island breeders. A truly significant work, the Atlas puts a spotlight on the county’s avian diversity and provides a baseline for future researchers. An avid birder and citizen scientist, Larry Allen leads parrot walks in Pasadena and is an expert on gull identification

We also honor our own Dave Weeshoff with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Service Award. When Dave retired from IBM in 2004 he didn’t know a mourning dove from a hummingbird, or so he says. A few months later he came across an article about cleaning oil off of birds and drove down to the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro to volunteer. In addition to the ongoing work in San Pedro, Dave is a member of Heal the Bay’s Speakers Bureau, works with 5 Gyres, the Climate Reality Project, and Algalita. He has served on the SFVAS board for 10 years including a stint as President. Today he leads our Conservation Committee. We are incredibly lucky to have a man with such energy, vision and commitment working with us. 

Signs will be posted to guide you to the venue, Handicapped parking will be available as well as drop off areas for attendees as needed. Please contact Becky Arntzen to reserve a handicapped space at [email protected] (Please mark HANDICAPPED PARKING in the subject line). 

The cost is $35.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 15. Because we are an organization staffed entirely by volunteers we would greatly appreciate it if you would reserve and pay for your tickets using the credit card purchase form you see here. Our credit card processor is as secure as any on the planet.  However, if you cannot pay online, a check can be mailed to SFVAS, P.O. Box 7769, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Please RSVP by February 25th.

Casual Attire.

Franklin Canyon is a beautiful place for a bird walk and lunch. We hope you will join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these two men.

The luncheon starts at 1 pm in the event room next to the Sooky Goldman Visitors Center. Harvest Moon Catering returns to Franklin Canyon with their signature sandwiches, salads, deserts, and lemonades. There will be music performed by Steve McCroskey, We will have the traditional basket raffle featuring the popular and inventive creations of Carolyn Oppenheimer. There will be a silent auction of this year's centerpieces.

There will be two optional bird walks around Franklin Canyon Park before lunch. Experienced birders meet with Dick Barth at 11:00 am and beginners join Muriel Kotin at 11:30 am. Meet up in the parking lot.

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March 2
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Sooky Goldman Nature Center
2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 United States
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