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2016 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Mar 67:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Mar 115:30 PMAnnual Dinner & AuctionPalm Garden Hotel
Mar 128:00 AMField TripChesebro Canyon
Mar 188:00 AMBirding ClassConejo Botanic Garden
Mar 198:00 AMField TripRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Mar 258:00 AMBirding ClassRancho Sierra Vista
Apr 18:00 AMBirding ClassRancho Simi Park
Apr 28:00 AMField TripCanada Larga Road
Apr 37:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Apr 88:00 AMField TripEmma Wood State Beach / VRE
Apr 228:00 AMField TripOjai Meadows
Apr 308:00 AMField TripRustic Canyon / Happy Camp


March 2017 Field Trips
Monday, March 6th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
The Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East is little known outside of Russia and is seldom visited by westerners. This sea dominates the Northwest Pacific. Nearly landlocked, it is bounded by the Russian continent, Kamchatka Peninsula, Kuril Islands and Sakhalin Island. Its name, translated “Sea of Hunters,” provides a clue to the abundance of wildlife there. Despite historical exploitation marine mammals and seabirds thrive there in numbers that boggle the mind. One small island has an estimated 7 million birds! However, this little known sea has a dark history, until recently suppressed. Perhaps no other sea in the world has witnessed as much human suffering. David had a rare opportunity to explore this incredible region in June of 2016 and will share his experiences. The talk will have highlights of the 10,000 plus photos he took while there. David is an Avian Biologist with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, where he studies and analyzes the effects of offshore oil and gas and renewable energy development on birds off the Pacific coast and Hawaii.
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Saturday, March 11th - Annual Dinner & Auction / Palm Garden Hotel
Conejo Valley Audubon Society will be hosting its annual Cocktail Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Palm Garden Hotel located at 495 Ventu Park Road Thousand Oaks - CA 91320 No host cocktails will begin at 5:30PM and dinner begins at 6:30PM. Early Bird Ticket price is $38 by check and $40 through paypal (thru 2/25/17!). We ask that everyone kindly bring an item for the raffles. All types of donation items are acceptable and are not limited to those with an avian theme. Anyone interested in donating items for the silent or live auctions please contact Carol Langford at 360-742-6059 or berry50@yahoo.com Dinner selections: Buffet service with Seasoned Vegetable Medley, Salads, Roasted Potatoes and choice of entree. Also, freshly baked breads and a delicious dessert, coffee, or tea. Entree options are Vegetarian Stuffed Squash or Wild Salmon and Tri-tip To order your tickets through Paypal, please use the link below. You can add multiple tickets to your cart before paying. Please be sure to include a guest name for each ticket that you purchase so that we can have place cards made. Annual Dinner & Auction page.
Contact: Carol Langford / 360-742-6059

Sunday, March 12th - Field Trip / Chesebro Canyon
The gently rounded hills and canyons of Cheesebro and Palo Comado are older than the steeper, more recently formed Santa Monica mountains. They provide popular terrain for hikers, bikers and equestrians. For over 150 years ranchers made these canyons their home. Many of the native plants, poorly adapted to heavy grazing, were replaced with European annuals such as wild oats, mustard and thistles. Despite numerous years of cattle grazing, we can still find a variety of native plant communities, including chaparral, coastal sage scrub and riparian woodlands. In these communities we will find native residents and early spring migrants, such as Oak Titmouse, Nuttall’s and Acorn Woodpeckers, California and Spotted Towhees, Common Yellowthroat, Anna’s and Allen’s Hummingbirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Directions: Take the Chesebro exit from US 101 and head north on Palo Camado Canyon Road. Turn right onto Chesebro Canyon Road and park at either the first or second parking lots, depending on availability. The group will meet at the second parking lot at 8 am. Trip leader: Ron Barns (818)-991-9967
Contact: Ron Barns / 818-991-9967

Saturday, March 18th - Birding Class / Conejo Botanic Garden
From Gainsborough, follow signs to the Children’s Garden. Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin will present “What you need to know to identify birds”
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632

Sunday, March 19th - Field Trip / Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
We expect to see orioles, hummingbirds, swallows and more at this great park. In the grassland we should be able to find gnatcatchers, Black-headed Grosbeak and California Thrasher. Historically, this park has hosted up to 8 species of flycatcher, 4 species of woodpecker, 5 species of hummingbird, 7 species of raptor and 12 species of sparrow at this time of year, including Grasshopper Sparrow. Directions: From the 101 exit at Wendy Drive head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Lynn Rd. soon becomes Potrero Rd. Turn left on Via Goleta and head to the end of the road and meet in the parking lot at 8 am. Trip leader: Dee Lyon
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987

Saturday, March 25th - Birding Class / Rancho Sierra Vista
Richard Armerding and Catherine Bourne will show you how to find birds.
Contact: Richard Armerding / 310-701-3878

April 2017 Field Trips
Saturday, April 1st - Birding Class / Rancho Simi Park
Dee Lyon will introduce you to water birds.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-499-2165

Sunday, April 2nd - Field Trip / Canada Larga Road
Canada Larga Road is one of the more reliable spots in Ventura County to find good numbers of migrating and breeding birds in the spring. Though the road is only a few miles long, we can expect to find roadrunners, swallows, Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles, Blue Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings, bluebirds, hawks, Kestrels and perhaps even a Golden Eagle. Time allowing and at the leader’s discretion, we may also bird nearby Foster Park. Directions: From the 101 take highway 33 north to the Canada Larga Road exit. Turn left and park on the shoulder. We will meet under the highway 33 overpass to make carpool arrangements. This will minimize the number of cars. Meeting time is 8 am. Leader: Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987

Monday, April 3rd - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
The geological history of the Santa Monica Mountains is more complex and much younger than that of most of North America. This results from Southern California’s location at the continent’s edge, which has been a tectonic plate margin for about 220 million years. The most remarkable event was about 18 million years ago. Sideways movement starting on the proto-San Andreas fault rotated the western Transverse Ranges, including the Santa Monica Mountains, about 120 degrees clockwise. This movement relative to the present coasts of Orange and San Diego Counties formed the deep Los Angeles sedimentary basin. Geologist Bill Neill will describe and illustrate the complex geology of the Santa Monica Mountains. He will introduce the various sedimentary and volcanic rock units, which can influence native plant communities. He will make the tilted structures and juxtaposed rock types more understandable to the casual observer. Bill studied geology at UCLA and at Stanford University. He was then employed as a petroleum engineer. Now he works controlling invasive weeds in natural areas.
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Saturday, April 8th - Field Trip / Emma Wood State Beach / VRE
Great views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ventura River Estuary and the willows that host Warbling Vireo and the occasional Yellow-breasted Chat … All of these and more are reasons to join us for a leisurely Saturday morning stroll from Emma Wood State Beach to the estuary. Directions: From Camarillo take 101 north to California Street in Ventura. Turn right on California and then left on Main. Follow Main to the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach on the left. We will park either outside the park or pay to enter, at the leader’s discretion. Meet at the Las Posas Park & Ride at 8 am or at the Emma Wood Campground at 8:30 am. Bring a spotting scope if you have one available. Leader: Linda Easter.
Contact: Linda Easter / 805-482-7537

Saturday, April 22nd - Field Trip / Ojai Meadows
Ojai Meadows is a jewel of woodland, meadow, and marsh that is continuously being restored with native grasses, flowers and other plants. Our trip will be led by Jesse Grantham, who frequently birds this location and is intimately familiar with local species and where to find them. We expect to see Bluebirds, Kingbirds, Phoebes, Meadowlarks, marsh birds and birds native to the local oak woodlands. Directions: Meet at the Las Posas Park and ride to carpool to the preserve at 7 am, or meet us at the preserve in Ojai at 8 am. Leader: Jesse Grantham 805-746-0975. (Note: Jesse will not be at Las Posas Park and Ride, but will meet the group at 8 at the preserve)
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975

Sunday, April 30th - Field Trip / Rustic Canyon / Happy Camp
Rustic Canyon parallels the golf course. It passes through sage scrub and eventually enters some oak woodland and riparian areas as the canyon turns towards the east. Flycatchers, warblers, goldfinches and towhees will dominate. Raptors are possible. Directions: From Hwy 118 in Moorpark turn north on Princeton Ave. and then left on Campus Park Dr. Meet at the gate at 8:00 am. Trip leaders: Don and Chrystal Klabunde.
Contact: Don & Chrystal Klabunde / 805-522-8023

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