Awards Luncheon Cancelled!

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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SFVAS had hoped to reschedule to a new date as soon as we safely could. Instead, we are officially canceling the event. Any ticket holders who want a refund, email and a refund will be gladly provided. otherwise your ticket price will be considered kind donation to help us pursue our mission of conservation and education.

This year the Conservation Award recognizes Patricia Bates for her work representing the many issues that have and continue to affect our community including the impact of rodenticides, the large homeless encampments in the Sepulveda Basin, and the need for a dedicated Park Ranger station in the Sepulveda Basin.

Pat Bates

Pat Bates is first and foremost a lover of birds, bees, butterflies and all living creatures, a New York farm-country native, a scientist by training, and a retired (after 30+ years) Certified Public Accountant. She was educated at SUNY Binghamton (BA) and the University of Arizona (MA, PhD).  She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center and is an elected board member of the Encino Neighborhood Council. She serves as treasurer of both organizations as well and Chairperson of the Encino Neighborhood Council Homelessness Committee and member of its Parks/Environment committee.

Since retiring from her accounting practice, Pat has become an accomplished artist and photographer, concentrating primarily on birds. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond. Much of her photography is from our beloved Sepulveda Basin wildlife areas.

Rose Liebowitz

Our San Fernando Valley Audubon Service Award will be presented to Rose Liebowitz. Rose’s earliest memories of birding center around family trips to the countryside which included picnics. Her father would vanish, binoculars in hand, and would return sometime later to a hungry family who were not allowed to start eating until he had come back! Sadly she has no memories of birding with him although many years later she did inherit a lot of British bird guides. The next contact with birding was when her son was in Cub Scouts and the troop came to the Sepulveda Basin for a walk led by Muriel Kotin and she thought that it would be a good thing to take up when she had the time. As one gets older the time becomes available and not only did she start birding she also started being involved with the Audubon chapter and joined the board. It proved a wonderful transition from a very busy job working in schools to an equally busy hobby with various responsibilities on the board. These ranged from running the Birdathon through setting up the Young Birders Group and Bird Fest to a four year term as President. She shares that it has all been very rewarding both in gaining knowledge about birds and the environment and in terms of the relationships that she has developed with people she has met through the chapter. She is flattered and a little bemused to be receiving this award but very grateful.

The luncheon starts at 1:00 p.m. in the event room next to the Sooky Goldman Visitors Center. Harvest Moon Catering returns to Franklin Canyon with their signature sandwiches, salads, and desserts. There will be music performed by Steve McCroskey, and we will have the traditional basket raffle featuring the popular and inventive creations of Carolyn Oppenheimer. You will also have the opportunity to purchase this year’s native plant centerpieces.

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

Signage will be posted to facilitate access to the venue. Handicapped parking is available as well as drop off areas for attendees as needed. Please contact Marianne Davis to reserve a handicapped parking space at

The cost is $35.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 15. We would greatly appreciate if you would reserve and pay for your tickets online, using the form below.  However, if you cannot pay online, a check can be mailed to SFVAS, P.O. Box 7769, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Please RSVP by March 6. Casual Attire.

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Event Location:

Franklin Canyon
2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Awards Luncheon Cancelled!