2019 Christmas Bird Count Needs Birders and Helpers

The Christmas Bird Count is coming on December 14th. This event is critical for monitoring bird populations all over the world. SFVAS wants to do its part, and for that, we need help! Follow the link below to our CBC 2019 page and choose the leader you want to count

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Project FeederWatch Starts Nov. 9

Join now for the 2019–20 season, which runs from November 9 through April 3. Please join the project for the country in which you reside. ID numbers needed for data entry are printed on the letter that comes in the instructional kit mailed to all first-time participants. It takes several weeks

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Haskell Creek Cleanup Success!

Early Saturday morning, September 26, over 150 eager volunteers arrived at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve and began a thorough cleanup of Haskell Creek and its adjacent watershed, a stretch of water a half-mile long.  They included all ages and demographics, participating as individuals, families, and school and corporate groups.

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The 2019 WFO Conference in Albuquerque, a Young Birder’s Experience

By: Alexander deBarros From August 22-25, I attended the Western Field Ornithologists Conference in Albuquerque. Amazing is the only word that comes close to describing the experience. From the field trips, to the science sessions, to the social gatherings, it was just a great time. On Thursday, I attended Andy

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Birds of the Mojave Desert Three-day Workshop

(Photo by Richard Davis) The Desert Institute will be conducting a class, Birds of the Mojave Desert, taught by Kurt Leuschner, on October 4-6 at the Desert Studies Center in Soda Springs (Zzyzx). Beginning on Friday evening, this course will examine the important role of these stopover areas in the

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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

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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

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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

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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

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