February 17, 2009

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
February 8, 2009

Monthly Field Trip – Morro Bay Weekend

Meet in the parking area at the base of Morro Rock near the Morro Bay Channel at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Bring lunch, drinks and snacks as we will bird until mid-afternoon. On Sunday morning, we will meet at the entrance to the Montana de Oro Campground at 8:00 a.m. Leader: Richard Barth 310-276-0342. read more

“Hummingbirds! Beauty and the Beast” – Tom Kaminski at Annual Conservation Dinner

SFVAS Annual Awards Banquet, Airtel Plaza Hotel Friday, March 13, 2009, 6:00 p.m. Featured Speaker: Tom Kaminski Avian Video Center Producer Tom Kaminski, sponsored by The Hummingbird Society, recently traveled to Isla Robinson Crusoe (a Chilean possession) to film the endemic and critically endangered Juan Fernández Firecrown Hummingbird (Sephanoides fernandensis). Tom Kaminski has combined his… read more

Guy Commeau to Speak at General Membership Meeting

Guy Commeau to Speak at Thursday, February 26 General Membership Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Topic: Wonders and Wildlife of California Bio:  Naturalist, World traveler, Photographer, LA Zoo volunteer Mr. Commeau marvels at the beauty of the landscape and wildlife of California.  To capture natural landscapes he recently camped at Yosemite during a snowfall to view the… read more

Monthly Field Trip – Ventura Game Farm

Directions: From the 101 Freeway take the Las Posas Road exit south (left), then Hueneme Road west (right) to Casper Road. Turn south (left) and continue on Casper Road as it eventually turns left and leads to the preserve compound. Bring lunch and drinking water. Allow one hour and fifteen minutes driving time from the Valley.… read more
February 3, 2009

Give a Hoot! Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

You are invited to join tens of thousands of everyday bird watchers for the 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 13-16, 2009.  Anyone can take part, from novice bird watchers to experts, by counting birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event… read more