July 13, 2009

Castaic Lake Bird Walk

Directions: Take closest freeway to I-5 North and exit at Parker Road. Turn right and proceed to stop sign (Castaic Road), proceed to next stop sign (Lake Hughes Road), proceed to next stop sign (Castaic Lake Drive) and turn right. Entrance to the park is on the right. Parking is in Lot 4, so make… read more
July 3, 2009

SPECIAL EVENT: Birding Southeast Arizona, July 25—August 1

SFVAS has organized a special field trip to search for specialties in southeast Arizona. Bird as much as you want, from one day to the entire week. The trip will be led by Michael McQuerry, a well known southern California birder who has spent several summers birding Arizona for its many species seen no where… read more

LA River Shorebirding

Get back into the swing of Fall birding in the presence of thousands of migrating shorebirds and other winged critters along the Lower Los Angeles River. We'll begin at 8:00 AM at DeForest Park, 6255 DeForest Avenue in Long Beach. Meet in the parking lot by the tennis courts, between Poppy St and Harding St.… read more
June 23, 2009

Habitat Vigilance

[caption id="attachment_507" align="alignright" width="243" caption="Wilson's Warbler by David Tan"][/caption] Every year, in the spring and early summer, there is a desire on the part of many persons and agencies to clear out brush, trim all the trees and bushes in sight, and to "tidy things up!" But, as we all know and often overlook, all… read more
June 2, 2009

Monthly Field Trip to Mt. Pinos

Join us for summer montane species such as Fox Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Finch, Hairy Woodpecker and Clark’s Nutcracker.  Meet in the parking lot at Iris Meadows.  Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent and lunch.  Directions: From the San Fernando Valley, take I-5 north to the Frazier Park exit.  Go west through… read more

CANCELED – Quaking Aspen Camping Trip for Owls – Joint trip with Los Angeles Audubon

Thursday, July 2—Sunday, July 5. Leaders: Mary and Nick Freeman. Campground is above Springville, near Ponderosa in the southwest Sierras. A group campsite will be reserved. Owling by night, bird walks by day!  Must be a night owl. We may also look at some butterflies! Hopeful birds: Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, Spotted owls and others; Pileated… read more
May 29, 2009

California State Parks Threatened – Again!

This statement was released by California State Parks on May 29, 2009. Proposal to Close 220 State Parks The State of California is faced with a dire fiscal situation. To help meet the state's budget deficit, there is a budget proposal to eliminate the General Fund support of California State Parks. California State Parks has… read more
May 20, 2009

Fledgling Herons at Risk in Sepulveda Basin

The Black-crowned Night Herons nesting in the Sepulveda Basin have begun to fledge and the young are right on a popular walking, running, and dog walking path. This morning there were two fledglings on the path. One of them was picked up by a concerned walker yesterday and brought to a rehab facility ¾ it… read more
May 13, 2009

Birds, Beasts and Bergs—a Southern Ocean Experience

Birds, Beasts and Bergs— a Southern Ocean Experience. Dave Weeshoff, SFVAS Board Member, will present photos and quips of his recent travels to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Included will be penguins, albatrosses, petrels, whales, cute seal pups, sea lions, and other rascally creatures, as well as amazing icebergs and landscapes… read more

Annual Potluck and Members’ Slideshow

Thursday, June 25. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. Annual Potluck and Members’ Slideshow. 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Located between Moorpark and Ventura Blvd., on the west side of Balboa, just south of the Presbyterian Church. The evening’s program will include the installation of new officers for the 2009-2010 year. It… read more