March 25, 2009

Birdathon 2009

It is Birdathon Season Again! The months of April and May bring our annual Birdathon. You have probably already received your pledge letter for this annual fundraiser, a sponsored birding event. The money raised covers most of our expenses and helps support our educational program for school children, based at the Sepulveda Wildlife Bird Sanctuary.… read more

General Membership Meeting

Thursday, April 23. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. 7:00 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. Come early for social hour. Our speaker, Larry Arbanas will talk about birds from Alaska to Florida. Larry Arbanas, the… read more

Butterbredt Springs, Galileo Hills, and Piute Ponds

A BIRDATHON EVENT. Probable species: 115. Directions: Meet at 5:30 a.m. at the McDonalds on Crown Valley Road in Acton, or 6:00 a.m. at the park-n-ride lot on the east side of Avenue S in Palmdale. We will then stop in Palmdale for a brief search for LeConte’s Thrasher, then to Butterbredt Springs and onward… read more

Sepulveda Basin 2009 Wildlife Reserve Cleanup

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please help restore the creek’s beauty! Directions: Take Woodley Avenue (which is 1/2 mile west of the I-405 Freeway) north from Burbank Boulevard. Go 1/2 mile north to the signs for the Wildlife Reserve and Japanese Gardens. Turn east (right). Bear right where the road forks. Continue east 1/2 mile to the end… read more
February 17, 2009

Rancho Sierra Vista NRA Field Trip

We expect to see Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, orioles, flycatchers, raptors, possibly Grasshopper Sparrow. Directions: Take the Ventura Freeway (101) to the Lynn Road exit in Thousand Oaks. Go south on Lynn Road and proceed 5.3 miles to Via Goleta. Turn left at Via Goleta to the preserve entrance. The main gate officially opens at… read more

Placerita Canyon State Park Field Trip

Meet at the Walker Ranch entrance. We will look for Costa’s Hummingbird, Lazuli Bunting, flycatchers, warblers, orioles and much more. Directions: Take the 405 or 5 Freeway north to the Antelope Valley Freeway (14). Exit the 14 at Placerita Canyon Road. Turn right at the end of the off ramp and proceed for about two… read more

Morongo Valley Field Trip

This desert oasis offers great birding in the spring. Warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and orioles are among the birds expected. At least one pair of Vermilion Flycatchers has been seen every April in memory. Directions: Allow 2 1/2 hours to drive from the San Fernando Valley. Take Interstate 10 east to Route 62, which is past… read more

Antelope Valley Bird Meeting

Tuesday, March 3. Antelope Valley Bird Meeting. 6:30 p.m. The Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center, at 43201 35th Street, Lancaster. Contact Bob or Bonnie Weatherman at (661) 269-2051. Speaker: Kris Ohlenkamp. Topic: Summer birding jobs in the mountains of California and Idaho. read more

Chatsworth Nature Preserve

Chapter members will join the Southwest Herpetologist Society on a tour inside the Preserve. We will divide according to interest, birds or herps. Meet at the Plummer/Valley Circle gate on the north side of the Preserve approximately .9 miles west of the intersection of Plummer and Topanga Canyon Blvd., past (3) “STOP” signs and opposite… read more
February 10, 2009

“Curbing greenhouse gas emissions will reduce future California bird loss,” a New Report Claims

This Audubon California study, linking declining bird populations and greenhouse gas emissions, was released today simultaneously with a complementary National Audubon report on the same topic that also includes public policy recommendations. We urge all our members and readers here to read these documents and become conversant on the subject. We also encourage you to… read more