2018 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar
|Oct 6||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Arroyo Simi (Madera)|
|Oct 10||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista|
|Oct 14||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Canada Larga Road|
|Oct 20||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Kimber Basin|
|Oct 27||7:45 AM||Field Trip||Lake Casitas|
|Nov 3||3:00 PM||Birds and a Beer Field Trip||Conejo Creek Park North + Draughts|
|Nov 5||7:30 PM||General Meeting||Western Foundation Building|
|Nov 11||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Matilija Creek|
|Nov 14||8:00 AM||Beginner Bird Walk||Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa|
|Nov 19||8:00 AM||Field Trip||Malibu Creek State Park|
October 2018 Field Trips
Saturday, October 6th - Field Trip / Arroyo Simi (Madera)
Arroyo Simi has a great assortment of shorebirds, ducks, herons and gulls. It is easily accessed via a level bike path that runs from Madera Street to First Street and on through most of Simi Valley. We will walk slowly along the natural-bottomed channel scanning for birds and taking our time, the better to learn identification skills. Expected
species include Green Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Belted Kingfisher and White-faced Ibis. Possible birds include Hooded Merganser and Blue-winged Teal. Meet at the entrance to the bike path at
Easy Street in Simi Valley, just east of Madera Road. October 6 also happens to be the first ever Global Big Day in October (https://tinyurl.com/ybacxcxu), so our observations will contribute to the day’s worldwide tally! Trip leader is Don Klabunde.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023
Wednesday, October 10th - Beginner Bird Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista
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
Sunday, October 14th - Field Trip / Canada Larga Road
Cañada Larga Road is one of the more reliable spots in Ventura County to find good numbers of migrating and wintering birds in the fall. Though the road is only a few miles long, we can expect to
find roadrunners, bluebirds, hawks, kestrels and perhaps even a Golden Eagle. There could be White-crowned, Golden-crowned and even Vesper Sparrows. Time allowing and at the leader’s discretion, we may also bird nearby
Foster Park. Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:30 am or under the Highway 33 overpass at 8:00 am. Directions: From Highway 101 take Highway 33 north to the Cañada Larga Road exit. Turn left and park on the shoulder. We will carpool to the site so as to minimize the number of
cars. Trip leader is Ron Barns.
Contact: Ron Barns / 818-991-9967
Saturday, October 20th - Field Trip / Kimber Basin
Let’s explore a new location together. Kimber Basin is a small flood control and water quality enhancement basin that also attracts water birds. Though normally publicly accessible from the
margins, this morning we will have permission to enter for a closer look (participants will need to sign a waiver). We’ll scour the pond itself for
Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeons, Gadwalls, Ring-Necked Ducks, Cinnamon Teals and Blue-Winged Teals. Perhaps we’ll spy a Canvasback. We’ll also examine the adjacent coastal sage scrub for California Quail and Thrashers, the cattails for Common
Yellowthroats and Marsh Wrens and the creek for warblers and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers. Meet at the cul-de-sac next to Cypress Elementary School
(4200 Kimber Drive, Newbury Park). Trip leader: Bruce Henderson.
Contact: Bruce Henderson / 805-312-2650
Saturday, October 27th - Field Trip / Lake Casitas
Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:00 am or outside the entrance to Lake Casitas at 7:45am., where we will condense into the least possible number of vehicles (note: entry fee is $10, please bring funds to help split the cost) and caravan to various locations. We will look for heron and egret rookeries as well as Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Red-Tailed and Red-Shouldered Hawk nests. Other target
species include Red-Breasted Sapsucker, Lark Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike, White-tailed Kite, grebes and other water and woodland birds. If we’re lucky, we might spot a Zone-Tailed Hawk. Directions to Lake Casitas: Take the 101 freeway toward Ventura, turn right on Highway 33, turn left on Highway 150 (Baldwin Rd) and then left on Santa Ana Rd.
Entrance to Lake Casitas is within the first 100 yds. on the right. Trip leader: Dave Schaar
Contact: Dave Schaar / 626-710-0740
November 2018 Field Trips
Saturday, November 3rd - Birds and a Beer Field Trip / Conejo Creek Park North + Draughts
Have you ever found it difficult to decide between birding and sleeping in on your precious weekend mornings? Now you can do both! Join us for late afternoon birding at Conejo Creek North
Park, 1379 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. We will meet by the pond near the southwest end of the park, where we will scan the water for shorebirds, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, gulls and
kingfishers. From there we will stroll along Conejo Creek, searching the trees for a variety of gems, including White-and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Acorn and Nuttall’s woodpecker, Yellow-rumped and Townsend’s Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and Western Wood-peewee. We’ll also check the open areas for Lark, White-crowned and Chipping
Sparrow as well as Say’s Phoebe, Western
Bluebird and American Pipit. Perhaps we’ll spy an owl as sunset approaches. If you’re hungry and/or thirsty afterward, join us at 6:00 p.m. at
Draughts Restaurant and Bar, 398 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, 805-777-7883 (to ensure enough table space, please RSVP at http://bit.do/birdsandabeer). The walk is free, but each person will need to pay for their own meal/drinks. Trip leaders are Bonnie Clarfield-
Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632
Monday, November 5th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Join seasoned educator, birder, author and LA native Benny Jacobs-Schwartz for a unique presentation on his summer as a guide in Alaska. This presentation features fabulous bird photos, vibrant videos and captivating stories from
the Kenai Peninsula. We will also explore where many of our local residents spend their breeding season.
Sunday, November 11th - Field Trip / Matilija Creek
Matilija Creek is a major tributary to the Ventura River, located off Highway 33 a short distance from Ojai. We will explore the riparian habitat and lake upstream of Matilija Dam, which hosts a diverse array of birds, aquatic life, and native plants. The cattail marsh just behind the lake provides habitat for Least Bitterns (which breed here), and the alder/cottonwood gallery forest along the creek is an excellent place to look for migrants. The chaparral-dominated slopes and mountains above the creek will provide a scenic backdrop to our birding adventure. We will traverse uneven ground, walking on cobbles, stepping over fallen limbs and perhaps crossing wet areas. Wear appropriate footgear. There is little parking, so we will meet at Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, in Ojai at 8:00 a.m. to consolidate into fewer vehicles and carpool to the site. If you would like to carpool from the lowlands, meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride by 7:00 am. Trip leader is Jesse Grantham.
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975
Wednesday, November 14th - 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
Monday, November 19th - Field Trip / Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains features 15 miles of streamside trails through oak and sycamore woodlands. It has also been extensively used as a movie set for many features and TV shows. While here we will look for hawks, sparrows, woodpeckers, bluebirds, finches, and other winter species. Perhaps we will encounter a Phainopepla, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-breasted sapsucker, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. There is a $12 parking fee, so carpooling is recommended. Bring funds for the entrance fee and for gas. Meet at the Rancho Park & Ride at 7:30 am for carpooling. Leader: Dee Lyon.
Contact: Dee Lyon / 805-427-0987