Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve


Located near Lake Balboa off of Woodley Ave. in Van Nuys, The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (www.sepulvedabasinwildlife.org) is another extension of the natural land and wildlife that has been preserved despite a predominance of residential and commercial development in the San Fernando Valley. It’s surrounded by rivers, streams and mountain ranges and serves as a refuge for both wildlife and Valley residents looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a bit and get back to nature. A visit to the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife reserve serves as a reminder of the San Fernando Valley may have been like prior to the growth and development of modern civilization.

During a visit to the Basin, you’ll see willow trees, cottonwoods and sycamores as well as here the calls and watch the flights of the local waterfowl and birds like ducks, Canadian geese, herons, egrets, goldfinches, woodpeckers and orioles. The area was developed with the building of the Sepulveda Dam after major floods in 1938. It later became a dedicated wildlife reserve in the 1960’s. As of today, the 225-acre reserve is one of the best natural wildlife preservation projects in an urban area in the country.

There are many ways to experience, enjoy and learn from the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. There are organized walks led by the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society where you can learn about the birds in the area. The California Native Plant Society also sponsors group hikes and clean-ups if you want a chance to get a little exercise and give back to the community. Many local schools organize learning field trips to the reserve, or you can simply visit on your own time and wander at your leisure. Just remember to be respectful of the environment. No dogs are allowed, you must stay on the walking paths and dispose of your trash properly. Feeding of the local wildlife is also prohibited.




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