CVAS is committed to helping promote the conservation of our natural habitats. In this section, you’ll find tips and tricks from our Conservation Chair on how to reduce your impact on the environment, utilize native plants, and attract more of our avian friends to your environmentally friendly yard.

Our latest newsletter articles about conservation:

  • Perfect Habitat
    Recently I was in Anaconda, Montana visiting friends. I love the mountains in Montana and birding there is a treat. An eBird list from Anaconda had shown an American Dipper close to where I was, and considering how difficult it is to see our local Dipper, I decided to look for it. The location was a small city park with a perfect fast moving shallow stream running through it, so I followed the stream for[…]
  • If We Build It, They Will Come
    Any baseball fan and movie lover knows that this is a “sorta” quote from “Field of Dreams” (the actual quote is, “If you build it, he will come.”). In this case the “they” are the mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains. In my email inbox the other morning was an exciting message from the National Wildlife Federation announcing “the California Wildlife Conservation Board recently approved a $20 million grant to the wildlife crossing at[…]
  • Blowin’ in the Wind
    I recently passed the local elementary school which was celebrating the return of the students to the campus. That’s a very exciting thing for these students who have had to learn under more than difficult circumstances these past 18 months. The campus was festive-looking with at least 50 mylar balloons and as many, if not more, latex balloons. As much as I enjoy a good party with lots of decorations, balloons cause me angst. While[…]
  • What Can I Do?
    Every day we read about the state of this Planet, our Island Home, and what we are doing to bring Mother Nature to her knees. It’s not easy to stay positive when we learn that three billion birds have been lost since 1970, that climate change is threatening the polar bears of the Arctic regions, and that the humans of these same areas are seeing their lives and livelihoods threatened almost to the point of[…]
  • Monarchs and Milkweed
    One of the most iconic butterflies from my childhood is the Monarch Butterfly. It’s beautiful pattern of orange, white and black is recognizable to anyone who has spent time out of doors. There may come a time, however, when it will not be so easy to see. The numbers of monarch butterflies has fallen by 90% from its numbers in 1992. The milkweed plant population, indispensable to the monarch, is also down 90%. Milkweed plants[…]