2017 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Jan 6||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Ventura River Estuary / Emma Wood Campground|
|Jan 8||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Jan 14||7:00 AM||Field Trip||Lake Sherwood|
|Jan 20||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Arnold Road / Ormond Beach|
|Jan 28||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Rancho Simi Community Park|
January 2018 Field Trips
Saturday, January 6th - Field Trip / Ventura River Estuary / Emma Wood Campground
Birders will be treated to great views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ventura River Estuary, gulls, terns, shorebirds and ducks. All of these and more are reasons to join us for a leisurely Saturday morning stroll from Emma Wood State
Beach to the estuary. To carpool meet at the Las Posas Road Park and Ride lot at 7:30 am.
Directions: From Camarillo take the 101 north to California St. in Ventura. Turn right on California and left on Main St. Follow Main St. to the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach Group Campground on the left. You may park on the north side of Main St. and walk in. Or you may pay $10 to drive in if you prefer. Be sure not to leave valuables in your car. Spotting
scopes are welcome. Leader: Bruce Henderson (805) 312-2650. Heavy rain cancels.
Contact: Bruce Henderson / 805-312-2650
Monday, January 8th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Australia is home to 700+ species of birds, almost half of which are found nowhere else in the world. In December, 2016, Richard and Catherine visited Australia to see and photograph some of these birds, with a particular focus on cockatoos. From the rainforests and wetlands of Queensland to the dry woodlands and rocky shores of Western
Australia, Richard will present a snapshot of “Birding down Under.”
Sunday, January 14th - Field Trip / Lake Sherwood
Join us for birding at Lake Sherwood on
Sunday, January 14. We will meet just inside the Stafford Gates at 7:00 am in hopes of seeing the Red-winged Blackbirds as they leave the reeds.
60+ species were encountered on one morning in early December. These included Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Eared Grebe, Least Bittern, Osprey, Merlin, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Purple
Finch. The Stafford Gate (2186 Stafford Rd.) is accessed from Potrero Rd. just west of Sherwood Dr. near the fire station. Meet at the large parking lot on your left after you enter the gate. Spotting scopes are encouraged. As entry into this community is restricted please
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by Saturday, January 13, to place your name on the guest list. Leader: Mary Hansen (805) 390-4586, Heavy rain cancels.
Contact: Mary Hansen / 805-390-4586
Saturday, January 20th - Field Trip / Arnold Road / Ormond Beach
We will look for a variety of shorebirds
at this excellent coastal location. We should see Willets, Whimbrels, Black-necked Stilts, Black-bellied Plovers and other interesting birds. We will also look for Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcons, Loggerhead Shrikes and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Dress
in layers as the morning may be chilly. Please bring a scope if you have one. Directions: Exit Hwy 101 at Rice Avenue and go south. Continue on Hueneme Rd. and turn right. Take a left on Arnold Rd. and continue to the end of the road. Please note: Avoid leaving valuables in your car. There are portable restrooms at the beach entrance. To carpool meet at the Las Posas Road Park and Ride lot
at 7:30 am. Leader: Dee Lyon (805)427-0987. Heavy rain cancels.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987
Sunday, January 28th - Field Trip / Rancho Simi Community Park
Rancho Simi Community Park in Simi Valley is perhaps an under-birded location. It offers up a variety of habitats, such as stands of conifers, a
pond and an adjacent arroyo. The park has hosted such species as Plumbeous Vireo, Cackling Goose, Wood Duck and fall migrating warblers. Resident species include Canada Goose, Western Bluebird, Belted Kingfisher and Black-crowned Night-Heron. There almost always seems to be a least one White-faced Ibis in Arroyo Simi. We may also find Chipping Sparrow and winter visitors hanging around. Meet in the parking lot nearest the swimming pool at 8 am. Directions: Take 118 freeway to Erringer Rd. Exit and head south. Turn right at Royal Ave. Enter the park along Royal
just before you get to the brick building near the pool. Trip leader: Don Klabunde (805) 522-8023
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023