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2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Date
Time
Event
Location
May 48:00 AMField TripWheeler Gorge Campground
May 67:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
May 88:00 AMBeginner Bird WalkRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
May 118:30 AMField TripMt. Pinos / Lockwood Valley
May 189:00 AMField TripCoal Oil Point Reserve
Jun 28:00 AMAnnual PicnicLos Robles Trail
Jun 128:00 AMBeginner Bird WalkRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa

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FIELD TRIPS

May 2019 Field Trips
Saturday, May 4th - Field Trip / Wheeler Gorge Campground
Wheeler Gorge is a wonder to bird in the spring, when the oak trees teem with migrating warblers, tanagers, vireo and flycatchers. Up to six species of hummingbirds are a possibility. As many as eight species of flycatcher, including Olive-sided, Western Wood-pewee, Dusky, Hammond's and Pacific-slope can be found. Swainson's Thrushes are also found regularly along the stream bed and Hutton's Vireo should be singing from the tree tops. Add to that resident woodpeckers, Steller's Jays, towhees and titmice and you have the perfect recipe for a great day of birding. May 4 happens to coincide with Global Big Day, so our observations will contribute to the greater conservation good! It also happens to be Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with You). So if you have favorite Star Wars memorabilia, by all means wear it for the occasion ( as long as it won't disturb the birds)! Meet at the entrance to the campground at 17017 Maricopa Highway (Hwy 33) north of Ojai. Please bring your own water; vault toilets are available at the campground. Trip leader is Matthew Page.
Contact: Matthew Page / 805-990-6534

Monday, May 6th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
International bird guide, naturalist and photographer, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz will share his dazzling bird photos, captivating videos and animated storytelling to bring a slice of the tropics to California. Delving into topics of migration, tropical speciation and bio-diversity, this media-rich journey will share some of the fascinating and unique birds that inhabit the new-world tropics. This presentation will certainly leave you with a deeper understanding of tropical ecology and knowledge of where some of our backyard birds spend their winters!
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Wednesday, May 8th - Beginner Bird Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks are held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00 am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Road at Via Goleta in Newbury Park. Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley area. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and will teach the best techniques for locating and identifying them. If you have binoculars please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. In the event of heavy rain, we will cancel the walk. The walk leader will be Richard Armerding.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

Saturday, May 11th - Field Trip / Mt. Pinos / Lockwood Valley
The mountains are calling, so let's journey to Mt. Pinos, the highest summit in Ventura County at 8831 feet. After leaving Mt. Pinos we might also explore Lockwood Valley. Target species include Brewer's, Black-chinned and Bell's Sparrows; Green-tailed Towhee, White-headed Woodpecker, Pacific-slope, Olive-sided, Gray and Ash-throated Flaycatchers; Western Wood-pewee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Quail, Scott's Oriole, Lazuli Bunting and Lawrence's Goldfinch. While we are not venturing out much beyond the borders of Ventura County, there are limited facilities ( vault toilets available at the campground ) and no water on this trip. Please plan accordingly. Also, we may experience a wide range of temperatures on our approximately two mile hike, so be ready for both warm and cold weather. Let's meet at the Thousand Oaks Transit Center (aka Rancho Park and Ride), 265 South Rancho Road, Thousand Oaks, at 7:30 am to carpool from the lowlands. If you choose not to carpool, meet at the rustic Mt. Pinos Nordic Base/Chula Vista Campground parking lot at the end of Cuddy Valley Road at 9:30 am (look for the “Pavement Ends” sign). Trip leader is Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987

Saturday, May 18th - Field Trip / Coal Oil Point Reserve
This coastal strand property located four miles from UC Santa Barbara is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Its purpose is protecting native habitats to support research, education, outreach and stewardship. An Important Bird Area, this site supports thousands of migratory birds. During the tour our guide will take us on about two miles of trails through various habitats, including sandy beach, coastal dunes, grassland and Devereaux Slough. Devereaux Slough is a great place to see water birds. Our outing is timed to coincide with lower tides when more mud flats are exposed, enhancing our ability to see shorebirds. We may see Ospreys, Cormorants, Red-breasted Mergansers, Eared Grebes, Snowy Plovers and Fox and Savannah Sparrows, among others. Please submit your signed waiver form either in person at the May 6 monthly meeting, or via email to fieldtrips@conejovalleyaudubon.org. The waiver form file is attached to this May newsletter email. Pre-registration is required as the group size is limited to 20 people. Carpoolers will gather at the Las Posas Park and Ride and leave by 7:00 am. Directions: From Hwy 101 north exit at Glen Annie/Storke Rd and turn onto Storke Rd toward the ocean. Take Storke Rd until it hits El Colegio Rd. At this point stay in the right-hand lane and Storke Rd turns into Slough Rd. Slough Rd. then leads to a locked gate. Those who sign up will receive a temporary access code to enter the reserve and park for free. You will see a sign past the gate directing you to the parking lot. Trip leaders are Polly ( a docent with COPR for many years) and Richard Armerding.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

June 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, June 2nd - Annual Picnic / Los Robles Trail
For the twelfth year in a row, our CVAS Annual Picnic will be held at Los Robles Trail, located adjacent to the original Janss' House in Thousand Oaks. This beautiful location provides ample areas of both shade and sun. Go south on Moorpark Road to the end, approximately one mile south of the 101 freeway. Turn right on Greenmeadow Ave and proceed approximately one mile to the parking lot at the end of Greenmeadow. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. There will be a potluck picnic at 10:30 am. Please bring these food items to share for eight. If your name begins with: A to I bring a Dessert J to Q bring a Salad R to Z bring a Main Dish Please bring your own table service, drinks and chairs. Come early and join the pre-picnic birdwalk which starts at 8:00 am.
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Wednesday, June 12th - Beginner Bird Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks are held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00 am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Road at Via Goleta in Newbury Park. Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley area. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and will teach the best techniques for locating and identifying them. If you have binoculars please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. In the event of heavy rain, we will cancel the walk. The walk leader will be Richard Armerding.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

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