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2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Oct 263:00 PMBirds & Beer WalkRancho Sierra Vista
Nov 38:00 AMField TripSapwi Trails Community Park
Nov 47:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Nov 108:00 AMField TripCanada Larga Road
Nov 177:00 AMField TripLake Sherwood
Nov 233:00 PMBirds and a BeerCal State Channel Islands Campus

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October 2019 Field Trips
Saturday, October 26th - Birds & Beer Walk / Rancho Sierra Vista
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 Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, where we will look for Greater Roadrunner, Western Meodowlark, California Thrasher and Western Bluebird. Other target species include Loggerhead Shrike, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk and a variety of sparrows and woodpeckers. Perhaps we'll spy an owl or hear a Common Poorwill as sunset approaches. If you're hungry and/or thirsty afterward, join us at 6:00 pm at Brendon's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 495 N Ventu Park Rd, Newbury Park, 805-498-5050 (to ensure enough table space, please RSVP to fieldtrips@conejovalleyaudubon.org). The walk is free, but your meal and drinks are on you. Directions for meeting at the Wendy Trailhead: Highway 101 to Wendy Drive exit in Thousand Oaks, then south on Wendy Drive to the dirt pullout at the intersection with Potrero Road. The walk will be from 3pm - 5:30pm. Trip leaders: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632

November 2019 Field Trips
Sunday, November 3rd - Field Trip / Sapwi Trails Community Park
Join us for birding along Lang Creek in Thousand Oaks. We will meet at the Westlake Blvd. parking lot (entrance is at the stoplight across from Rainfield Avenue). The Conejo Recreation and Park district completed this new park in September 2018. It is in open space encompassing a riparian corridor and oak woodlands. We will walk the trail that parallels Lang Creek, examining the riparian corridor for White-breasted Nuthatch, Acorn and Nuttall's Woodpecker, California Quail, California Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush. We'll also check the open areas for Golden and White-crowned Sparrow, as well as Say's Phoebe, Western Bluebird and House and Bewick's Wren. Trip leader is Sammy Cowell.
Contact: Sammy Cowell / 818-470-7098

Monday, November 4th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
René Corado was born in a small village of El Chical, Morazan, El Progreso, Guatemala. At age eight René and his family moved to Guatemala City. He attended school in the morning. To help his family survive he shined shoes in the afternoon and asked for leftovers to feed his siblings. Some days he did not collect enough food and visited the dump to look for food himself. In 1981 on account of the civil war in Guatemala Corado emigrated to the United States, without immigration documents or relatives and with schooling only through the 6th grade. (See Newsletter for more information.)
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Sunday, November 10th - 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. Although the road is only a few miles long, we can expect to find Greater Roadrunners, Western Bluebirds, American Kestrels, a variety of hawks and perhaps even a Golden Eagle. There could be White-crowned, Golden-crowned and Vesper Sparrows. Time allowing and at the leader's discretion, we may also bird nearby Foster Park. Meet at the Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:30am 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 can carpool to the site so as to minimize the number of cars. Trip leader is Ron Barns.
Contact: Ron Barns / 818-991-9967

Sunday, November 17th - Field Trip / Lake Sherwood
Join us for a birding gem not typically accessible to the public. We will meet just inside the Stafford Gates in hopes of seeing the Red-winged Blackbirds as they leave the reeds. We will also search for 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. Heavy rain cancels. As entry into this community is restricted please RSVP to fieldtrips@conejovalleyaudubon.org by Friday, November 15, to place your name on the guest list. Trip leader is Mary Hansen.
Contact: Mary Hansen / 805-390-4586

Saturday, November 23rd - Birds and a Beer / Cal State Channel Islands Campus
Have you every 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 this beautiful campus along the transition from the Santa Monica Mountains to the coastal plain. We may cover a good distance, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Habitats include riverine, coastal sage scrub, wetland, ponded and landscaped areas. From Camarillo travel south on Lewis Road to Potrero Road and turn left. After crossing over Calleguas Creek make a quick left onto the road between the creek and Round Mountain (go around the small barrier to access the road). Park on the shoulder near the intersection with Round Mountain Rd. Bring binoculars. We will begin near the pond and search for Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Yellowthroat, Purple Finch and Song Sparrow. Then we will scan the mountain for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and quail. If you are hungry and/or thirsty afterwards, join us at 6:00 pm at Brendon's Irish Pub, 1755 E Daily Dr. Camarillo (805)383-4100. To ensure there is enough table space please RSVP to fieldtrips@conejovalleyaudubon.org by Friday, November 22nd. The walk is free but each person will need to pay for their own food. The walk will be from 3pm - 5:30pm. Trip leaders are Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin and Stephen Bylin.
Contact: Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin / 805-405-5632

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