SHERMAN OAKS—The repercussions of El Nino have caused the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve to close due to flooding. The Los Angeles Fire Department was alerted at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5 that the park had closed due to three different reference points that created a blockage from the flooding. The intersections that were being affected by the rain were Burbank Boulevard near the 405 freeway, Burbank Boulevard & Hayvenhurst, and Woodley & Victory.

The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is a formal establishment of 225-acres of habitat north of Burbank Boulevard that contains a natural habitat for birds and small animals where people are also welcomed as visitors. The park also host walks to view and study the 200 species of birds seen in the reserve, which is hosted by the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.

Bird Walks are held on Sundays of every month from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. year round at 5600 Woodley Ave.,  in Van Nuys, CA 91411. For families there is also a Bird Walk on the second Saturday between the months of October and March starting from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Wildlife Reserve also needs volunteers to help maintain the habitat. For further information you can call the Wildlife Area Manager at (818) 756-9710 or check there website at