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2019 Field Trip / Meeting Calendar

Date
Time
Event
Location
Mar 28:00 AMField TripRustic Canyon Golf Course / Happy Camp
Mar 47:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Mar 95:30 PMAnnual Dinner & AuctionPalm Garden Hotel
Mar 138:00 AMBeginner Bird WalkRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Mar 168:00 AMField TripRancho Potrero Open Space
Mar 238:00 AMField TripLake Piru
Mar 308:00 AMField TripCal State Channel Islands
Apr 17:30 PMGeneral MeetingWestern Foundation Building
Apr 69:00 AMField TripHopper Mountain NWF
Apr 108:00 AMBeginner Bird WalkRancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
Apr 139:00 AMBird-Friendly Garden TourEastern Ventura County
Apr 147:45 AMField TripMatilija Creek
Apr 208:00 AMField TripLas Llajas Canyon
Apr 277:00 AMField TripBig Morongo Canyon Preserve

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FIELD TRIPS

March 2019 Field Trips
Saturday, March 2nd - Field Trip / Rustic Canyon Golf Course / Happy Camp
Our walk will begin adjacent to the golf course and continue through the open space beyond. The trail passes through coastal sage scrub and eventually enters oak woodland and riparian habitat as Rustic Canyon turns eastward. Flycatchers, warblers, goldfinches, towhees, and other sparrows will likely be present. We may glimpse California Quail, California Thrasher, Phainopepla, Greater Roadrunner, and Loggerhead Shrike. Several species of raptors are possible, including breeding Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk, or even a flyover by a Golden Eagle. Directions: From Hwy 118 in Moorpark, turn north on Princeton Ave. and then left on Campus Park Dr. Meet at the trailhead parking lot (to the right of the golf course entrance). Trip leader: Don Klabunde
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023

Monday, March 4th - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Join Thomas J. Hinnebusch, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and African Languages at UCLA, to hear about his birding travels to Cuba. Learn why Cuba is both unusual and not so unusual. He will include his own photographs such as pictures of the Cuban Pygmy Owl.
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Saturday, March 9th - Annual Dinner & Auction / Palm Garden Hotel
Don't miss out on all the fun at our annual dinner and auction! Tickets are just $40 through February 23rd and then $45 after that. You can even pay via PayPal (there is a $2 surcharge) by following this link. http://conejovalleyaudubon.org/auction2019.php If you would like to pay by check you can follow the directions on that same link.
Contact: Chrystal Klabunde / 805-522-8023

Wednesday, March 13th - 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, March 16th - Field Trip / Rancho Potrero Open Space
Let’s try again…fingers crossed for dry trails this time. In 1993, the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Parks District and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority collaborated on acquisition of this 326-acre open space land just south of Potrero Road. Currently, it is owned and managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. The property abuts the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park Service land on the east and boasts grassland, coastal sage scrub, and riparian habitats. Raptors might easily be spotted, including White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Redshouldered Hawk. We will also work on our sparrow identification skills, as many species have been observed here, including White-crowned, Savannah, Song, Vesper, Lark, Golden-crowned, Rufous-crowned, Lincoln’s, Grasshopper, Fox, and Chipping Sparrows. Meet at the Rancho Potrero Trailhead on Lynn Road, immediately west of the Rocking K Horse Rental facility (about 0.1 mile east of the intersection of Rancho Dos Vientos and Lynn Road.) Trip leader is Bruce Henderson,
Contact: Bruce Henderson / 805-312-2650

Saturday, March 23rd - Field Trip / Lake Piru
Meet at Las Posas Park and Ride at 7:00 a.m. or outside the entrance to Lake Piru at 8:00 am. We will condense into the least possible number of vehicles and caravan to a couple of locations. Note the entry fee is $10, so please bring funds to help split the cost. Depending on enthusiasm we will probably walk a mile or two in total. Target species include Violet-green Swallow, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Red-breasted Sapsucker, White-tailed Kite, and Bald Eagle. With luck we might see a California Condor (or two!) and we will almost certainly see plenty of grebes, other waterfowl, a variety of sparrows, Phainopepla as well as perhaps an early spring migrant Black-headed Grosbeak or Western Kingbird. Directions to Lake Piru: Take Highway 126 to Piru, turn north on Main Street, which in 1.2 miles becomes Piru Canyon Road. Follow Piru Canyon Road approximately 7.75 miles to the Lake Piru entrance station. Immediately before the entrance station turn up the small road to the left to the Los Padres National Forest Temescal Station (signboard) where we will assemble and carpool. If you arrive late, pay the entrance fee for Lake Piru and continue along Piru Canyon Road for about half a mile or a little more until you see the group in a large picnic area on the right of the road with a grove of sycamores, restrooms, and a children's play area. Please note that there is no cell phone reception at Lake Piru. Trip leader: Pete Robertshaw.
Contact: Pete Robertshaw / 909-771-9720

Saturday, March 30th - Field Trip / Cal State Channel Islands
Let’s explore 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.) 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, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and California Quail. As we hike on the trail into campus we’ll look for Say’s Phoebe, Cedar Waxwing and Hooded Oriole. We will also listen for the beautiful song of a Canyon Wren. Throughout the morning we’ll stay alert for raptors. Park on the shoulder near the intersection with Round Mountain road. Trip leader: Sammy Cowell.
Contact: Sammy Cowell / 818-470-7098

April 2019 Field Trips
Monday, April 1st - General Meeting / Western Foundation Building
Frank DeMartino, president of the Conejo Valley Audubon Society, will discuss some longstanding myths and contemporary science relating to migratory birds. He will talk about some migration superstars and the extreme lengths that they go to in order to perform their bi-annual journeys. He will also touch on hot topics like fallout, migration obstacles, and current conservation efforts. Come celebrate April Fool’s Day by taking in an educational and mind-blowing presentation with Frank’s unique sense of humor.
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Saturday, April 6th - Field Trip / Hopper Mountain NWF
A high mountain valley encircled by deep canyons, steep ridgelines, and rocky pinnacles, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge is the gateway into California condor country…where California condors safely forage, nest, and roost,” states the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site. The 2,471-acre Hopper Mountain NWR abuts the southern boundary of the 53,000-acre Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Scopes are welcome, as there is a confirmed nest at Pole Canyon and Sespe Ridge! Other raptors we might encounter include Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, and Cooper’s Hawk. With luck, we may also spot early migrating warblers, flycatchers, and orioles. Meet at the Subway parking lot in Fillmore (612 W. Ventura St.), which will get us to Hopper Mountain by 9:00 a.m. At Fillmore we will consolidate into no more than six high-clearance vehicles (walkie talkies may be helpful). Limited walking required, as this is mostly a driving tour. The tour will end at 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Contact Angela at fieldtrips@ConejoValleyAudubon.org to sign up: maximum 24 people. Trip leaders: Vince Gerve (Friends of the California Condor) and Bill Langford.
Contact: Bill Langford / 360-515-8765

Wednesday, April 10th - 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, April 13th - Bird-Friendly Garden Tour / Eastern Ventura County
This year CVAS will be partnering with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology as we host our Bird-Friendly Garden Tour. This year’s tour will feature yards which provide habitat for our native birds and demonstrate the use of drought tolerant native plants, non-native plants, along with a few water features. We invite you to visit the gardens in the order of your choice. If you are planning to attend the tour, please RSVP with your first and last name, the names of guests you will be bringing and your contact e-mail to shannon@wfvz.org NO LATER THAN April 8th, 2019. This year, the tour will be limited to the first 100 people to RSVP. If you are among the first 100 people to reply, you will receive an e-mail containing the tour addresses shortly before the tour date.
Contact: Shannon Morris /

Sunday, April 14th - 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 host a diverse array of birds, aquatic life, and native plants. The cattail marsh just behind the lake provides habitat for Least Bitterns, Sora, and Virginia Rail (which breed here), and the alder/cottonwood/willow gallery forest along the creek is an excellent place to look for migrants. Abundant rainfall this season means the creek will be flowing and the area will be wet, so wear appropriate footgear, sturdy rubber boots if you have them. To date, 145 species have been recorded there. Newest additions to the list last fall include Black and White, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and Parula Warblers. The chaparral-dominated slopes and mountains above the creek (yes, Mountain Quail can be heard) will provide a scenic backdrop to our birding adventure. This is very important…we will traverse uneven ground, walking on cobbles, stepping over fallen limbs, and perhaps crossing wet areas. Not for the faint of heart. There is little parking, so we will meet at Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, in Ojai at 7:45 a.m. to consolidate into fewer vehicles and carpool to the site. There are no restrooms on site so we suggest you use the Shell station in Oak View. 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, (805) 746-0975. A checklist can be downloaded from eBird. Go to Hotspots, enter Matilija Riparian and Lake, and follow links.
Contact: Jesse Grantham / 805-746-0975

Saturday, April 20th - Field Trip / Las Llajas Canyon
Rusting steam shovels. Fossilized sea shells. Oaks, cottonwoods, and willows. Lizards, hawks, woodpeckers, and bluebirds. In the foothills of Simi Valley lies Las Llajas Canyon, home to all of these attractions and more. We’ll take a leisurely hike up this gentle canyon looking for evidence of 20th century oil exploration. We’ll see geologic formations and wildlife. We’ll also just enjoy the (hopefully) cool spring air. The trailhead to Las Llajas canyon is at approximately 5715 Evening Sky Drive in Simi Valley. Bring water, sunblock and good hiking shoes. Dress in layers. We will hike two to three miles and then return the way we came. Most of the trail is gentle, but the first and last 0.2 miles are steep, so we will have a short but steep climb out. Please plan accordingly. Directions: From Highway 118 in Simi Valley exit Yosemite and head north. Turn right on Evening Sky Drive and proceed to the trailhead. Trip leader: Don Klabunde.
Contact: Don Klabunde / 805-522-8023

Saturday, April 27th - Field Trip / Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Come with us and spend the weekend birding the desert canyons and campgrounds of San Bernardino County looking for northbound migrants and resident birds. Target species include Scott’s Oriole, Gambel’s Quail, Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-throated Sparrow, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, and Lawrence’s Goldfinch. Hopefuls include migrating warblers, hawks, buntings, hummingbirds, and vireos (and perhaps desert bighorn sheep). We will explore a diversity of habitats, including Mojave riparian forest, fresh-water marsh, desert wash, and creosote bush scrub. Trip leader Ron Barns (805-341-3983) plans to camp at the Joshua Tree National Park Black Rock Campground Friday and Saturday evening. If camping isn’t your cup of tea, nearby motels can be found in Yucca Valley and Desert Hot Springs. Ron will begin birding at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the entrance to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (Interstate 10 east to State Hwy 62, then north on 62 to East Drive, then east on East Drive one block to the Preserve sign on the left, turn into the Preserve and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the lane). Please call Ron for more details and to arrange carpools.
Contact: Ron Barns / 805-341-3983

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